There are 2 ways to get from Lugano to Stresa by train, car or car ferry

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Train  •  1h 59m

  1. Take the train from Mendrisio to Gallarate S50 / ...
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Stresa Re_4 / ...

17€ - 33€

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  1h 25m

  1. Drive from Lugano to Laveno
  2. Take the car ferry from Laveno to Verbania,Intra
  3. Drive from Verbania,Intra to Stresa

10€ - 16€

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Stresa is to drive and car ferry which costs SFr 11 - SFr 17 and takes 1h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Stresa is to drive and car ferry which costs SFr 11 - SFr 17 and takes 1h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Stresa. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Stresa via Mendrisio and Gallarate. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 59m.

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The distance between Lugano and Stresa is 35 km.

The best way to get from Lugano to Stresa without a car is to train which takes 1h 59m and costs SFr 18 - SFr 35.

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It takes approximately 1h 59m to get from Lugano to Stresa, including transfers.

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Lugano to Stresa train services, operated by Trenord, depart from Mendrisio station.

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Lugano to Stresa train services, operated by Trenord, arrive at Stresa station.

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There are 2647+ hotels available in Stresa. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Stresa.
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  • Distance: 35.5 km
  • Duration: 1h 59m

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Stresa via Mendrisio and Gallarate in around 1h 59m.

Train operators
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Mendrisio to Gallarate
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
3€ - 5€
Website
Trenord
Train from Gallarate to Stresa
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Trenord
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Mendrisio to Gallarate
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 30€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Gallarate to Stresa
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
2€ - 6€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
5€ - 6€
Ferry operators

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