There are 3 ways to get from Lugano to Swiss Alps by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo 61-Y / ...

$41 - $71

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Line 2 bus, bus  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Take the line 2 bus from Lugano, Piazzale Besso to Castione 2 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione 191

$30 - $44

1 alternative option

Drive  •  1 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Swiss Alps 64 miles

$13 - $20

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Swiss Alps. However, there are services departing from Lugano, Piazzale Besso and arriving at Gotthard Passhöhe via Castione, Stazione and Airolo, Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 3 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Swiss Alps is 68 km. The road distance is 102.4 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 2 h 47 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 47 min to get from Lugano to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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Lugano to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by Malpensa Express Bus, depart from Lugano, Piazzale Besso station.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Swiss Alps is to train which takes 2 h 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 2 bus and bus, which costs and takes 4 h 3 min.

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Lugano to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, arrive at Airolo, Stazione station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Swiss Alps is 102 km. It takes approximately 1 h 8 min to drive from Lugano to Swiss Alps.

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There are 152+ hotels available in Swiss Alps. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 42.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 47 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Swiss Alps, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Lugano to Swiss Alps every 4 hours. Tickets cost $35 - $65 and the journey takes 1 h 27 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Swiss Alps via Castione, Castione, Stazione, and Airolo, Stazione in around 4 h 3 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 Airolo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Lugano, Piazzale Besso to Castione
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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