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There are 9 ways to get from Lugano to Salzburg by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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 via Zürich HB  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$135 - $235

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Bus  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Munich, Munich central bus station 076
  2. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg 086 / ...

$33 - $54

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Train Trenitalia  •  11 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Hotelzug / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Salzburg Hbf. En

$67 - $140

Train, night train  •  11 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Hotelzug / ...
  2. Take the night train from Milano Centrale to Salzburg Hbf Nj

$77 - $150

Drive, train  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Landeck-Zams
  2. Take the train from Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$74 - $117

Drive  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Salzburg 356.1 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Milan Malpensa to Salzburg  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Salzburg (SZG) MXP - SZG

$134 - $331

Fly Milan Malpensa to Munich, train  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Munich (MUC) MXP - MUC
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$97 - $214

Train to Zurich, fly to Munich, train  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Munich (MUC) ZRH - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$198 - $488

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Salzburg is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 55 and takes 10 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Salzburg is to drive which costs SFr 70 - SFr 110 and takes 5 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Salzburg via Munich, Munich central bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Salzburg Hbf via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 18 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Salzburg is 368 km. The road distance is 569.7 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Salzburg without a car is to train which takes 9 h 18 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 240.

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It takes approximately 9 h 18 min to get from Lugano to Salzburg, including transfers.

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

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Lugano to Salzburg 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 Salzburg is to train which takes 9 h 18 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 30 - SFr 55 and takes 10 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 130 - SFr 330 and takes 6 h 29 min.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Salzburg.
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  • Distance: 230.3 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 18 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Salzburg, Austria?

You can take a train from Lugano to Salzburg via Zürich HB in around 9 h 18 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Salzburg via Munich, Munich central bus station in around 10 h 5 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Salzburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Salzburg via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Salzburg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Salzburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $150
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $200
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.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 Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.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

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 Salzburg Hbf.
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $100
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$80 - $100
Night train from Milano Centrale to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
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 Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Salzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Lugano to Salzburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Salzburg station.

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Lugano to Salzburg train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Salzburg Hbf. station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Salzburg is 570 km. It takes approximately 5 h 51 min to drive from Lugano to Salzburg.

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easyJet, Lufthansa, Eurowings and Austrian Airlines offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Salzburg Airport.

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There are 1211+ hotels available in Salzburg. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Milan Malpensa Airport is to shuttle which takes 1 h 5 min and costs SFr 24 - SFr 35.

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