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There are 3 ways to get from Lugano to Stresa by train, bus, car or car ferry

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Train  •  2h 50m

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

17€ - 32€

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  1h 25m

  1. Drive from Lugano to Laveno
  2. Take the car ferry from Laveno to Pallanza-Intra-Suna
  3. Drive from Pallanza-Intra-Suna to Stresa

10€ - 15€

1 alternative option

Train, line 026 bus, line 012 bus  •  4h 19m

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Locarno Re
  2. Take the line 026 bus from Brissago to Verbania - Intra - Corso Mameli - Imbarcadero Vecchio 026
  3. Take the line 012 bus from Verbania - Intra - Corso Mameli - Imbarcadero Vecchio to Stresa - Stazione Ferroviaria 012 / ...

Switzerland → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Switzerland

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Stresa is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Stresa is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Stresa is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Italy.

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Last updated: 17 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Stresa is to drive and car ferry which costs SFr 10 - 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 10 - 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 2h 50m.

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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 2h 50m and costs SFr 18 - SFr 35.

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It takes approximately 2h 50m to get from Lugano to Stresa, including transfers.

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

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

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There are 346+ hotels available in Stresa. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Stresa.
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  • Distance: 35.5 km
  • Duration: 2h 50m

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 2h 50m.

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Mendrisio to Gallarate
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 17€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Locarno
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 29€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 3€
Website
Trenord
Train from Gallarate to Stresa
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
4€ - 5€
Website
Trenord
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
3€ - 8€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
6€ - 8€
Bus operators
Verbania Bus
Website
vcotrasporti.it
Bus from Brissago to Verbania - Intra - Corso Mameli - Imbarcadero Vecchio
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
4€
Website
Verbania Bus
S.A.F. - SOCIETA' AUTOSERVIZI FONTANETO S.r.l.
Phone
0322 863117
Email
info@safduemila.com
Website
safduemila.com
Bus from Verbania - Intra - Corso Mameli - Imbarcadero Vecchio to Stresa - Stazione Ferroviaria
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
S.A.F. - SOCIETA' AUTOSERVIZI FONTANETO S.r.l.
Ferry operators

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