There are 7 ways to get from Lugano to Monaco by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Hotelzug / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monaco Monte Carlo Ec / ...

$46 - $110

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Bus via Genoa, Genoa  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Genova - Stazione Marittima
  2. Take the bus from Genoa, Genoa to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice 492 / ...

$70 - $112

Bus Eurolines FR  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Nice

$77 - $107

Drive  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Monaco 239.1 miles

$50 - $75

Fly from Lugano  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Nice (NCE) LUG - NCE

$151 - $334

Train to Milan Linate, fly  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
  2. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Nice (NCE) LIN - NCE

$134 - $443

Train to Zurich, fly  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Nice (NCE) ZRH - NCE

$141 - $372

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Monaco. However, there are services departing from Lugano - P&R Fornaci and arriving at Monaco Place dArmes via Genoa, Genoa and Nice Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Monaco. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Monaco Monte Carlo via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Monaco is 281 km. The road distance is 382.6 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Monaco without a car is to train which takes 6 h 45 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 45 min to get from Lugano to Monaco, including transfers.

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Lugano to Monaco bus services, operated by Domo Reisen, depart from Lugano - P&R Fornaci station.

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Lugano to Monaco train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Lugano station.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Monaco is to train which takes 6 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 30 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 6 h 38 min.

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There is no direct flight from Lugano Airport to Nice Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h and has one stopover.

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Lugano to Monaco bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice station.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Monaco.
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  • Distance: 175.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 45 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Monaco?

You can take a train from Lugano to Monaco via Milano Centrale in around 6 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Monaco via Genova - Stazione Marittima, Genoa, Genoa, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice, and Nice Airport in around 7 h 30 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Nice via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Zurich to Nice
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lugano to Nice via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Lugano to Nice via Zurich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Nice via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Lugano to Nice via Zurich, Vienna
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Milan Linate to Nice
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Monaco Monte Carlo
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Monaco-Monte-Carlo
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Genova - Stazione Marittima
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Genoa, Genoa to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lugano to Nice
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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Lugano to Monaco train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Monaco Monte Carlo station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Monaco is 383 km. It takes approximately 3 h 52 min to drive from Lugano to Monaco.

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Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Lugano Airport to Nice Airport.

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There are 3113+ hotels available in Monaco. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Lugano Airport is to line 60 train which takes 12 min and costs .

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