There are 4 ways to get from Lugano to Portofino by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Hotelzug / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to S.Margherita Ligure Portofino Ic / ...

$46 - $78

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Milan, Milan 421 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milano Lampugnano to Santa Margherita Ligure 27

$26 - $40

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Genova - Stazione Marittima
  2. Take the train from Genova Piazza Principe to S.Margherita Ligure Portofino Reg / ...

$55 - $82

Drive  •  2 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Portofino 156.3 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Portofino. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Portofino via Milano Lampugnano and Santa Margherita Ligure. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 34 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Portofino is 191 km. The road distance is 250.1 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Portofino without a car is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to get from Lugano to Portofino, including transfers.

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Lugano to Portofino bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Lugano station.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Portofino is to train which takes 5 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 34 min.

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Lugano to Portofino bus services, operated by Autostradale, arrive at Santa Margherita Ligure station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Portofino is 250 km. It takes approximately 2 h 51 min to drive from Lugano to Portofino.

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There are 1632+ hotels available in Portofino. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Portofino.
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  • Distance: 119.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 23 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Portofino, Italy?

You can take a train from Lugano to Portofino via Milano Centrale, S.Margherita Ligure Portofino, and Santa Margherita Ligure in around 5 h 23 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Portofino via Milan, Milan, Milano Lampugnano, and Santa Margherita Ligure in around 6 h 34 min.

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
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
Trenitalia Intercity

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 S.Margherita Ligure Portofino
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
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 Genova Piazza Principe to S.Margherita Ligure Portofino
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $6
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$5 - $6
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 Lugano to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Milano Lampugnano to Santa Margherita Ligure
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
autostradale.it

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