There are 7 ways to get from Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to St. Gallen 5 / ...

$84 - $150

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Bus Autolinee Ventre  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano Sud to St. Gallen

$24

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Train via Arth-Goldau  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Arth-Goldau Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Arth-Goldau to St. Gallen 1-Y

Bus Eurolines IT  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Bellinzona Al Ramone to St. Gallen Poststrasse

$47 - $77

Drive  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Sankt Gallen 161.8 miles

$30 - $50

Fly from Lugano, train  •  3 h 14 min

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

$104 - $281

Fly from Milan Malpensa, train  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Rapperswil

$123 - $345

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lugano Sud and arriving at St. Gallen. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at St. Gallen via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 18 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Canton of St. Gallen is 131 km. The road distance is 258.9 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen without a car is to train which takes 4 h 18 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to get from Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen, including transfers.

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Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, depart from Lugano Sud station.

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Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen 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 Canton of St. Gallen is to train which takes 4 h 18 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, arrive at St. Gallen station.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen.
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  • Distance: 81.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 18 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lugano to Sankt Gallen via Zürich HB in around 4 h 18 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Lugano to Sankt Gallen twice a week. Tickets cost $24 and the journey takes 5 h 10 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
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
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Rapperswil
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
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 Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from Arth-Goldau to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Lugano Sud to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
ventrebus.com

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Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at St. Gallen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen is 259 km. It takes approximately 2 h 53 min to drive from Lugano to Canton of St. Gallen.

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Swiss offers flights from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 345+ hotels available in Canton of St. Gallen. Prices start at $74 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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