There are 5 ways to get from Lugano to Zürich by train, bus, 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB 12-Y / ...

$60 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h

  1. Take the bus from Lugano Sud to Zürich

$16 - $25

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Zürich 131.9 miles

$27 - $40

Fly from Lugano  •  2 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH

$86 - $248

Fly from Milan Malpensa  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH

$107 - $314

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Zürich, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Lugano to Zürich every 3 hours. Tickets cost $60 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 9 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Lugano to Zürich 3 times a week. Tickets cost $18 and the journey takes 3 h. Autolinee Gambioli also services this route once a week.

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)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Lugano Sud to Zürich
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Lugano to Zürich
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Lugano to Zürich?

The distance between Lugano and Zürich is 154 km. The road distance is 211 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Lugano to Zürich?

The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Zürich is to bus which costs SFr 16 - SFr 24 and takes 3 h.

What is the fastest way to get from Lugano to Zürich?

The quickest way to get from Lugano to Zürich is to train which takes 2 h 9 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110.

Is there a direct train between Lugano and Zürich?

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Lugano and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 9 min.

Is there a direct bus between Lugano and Zürich?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lugano Sud and arriving at Zürich. Services depart four times a week, and operate Tuesday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 3 h.

How long does it take to get from Lugano to Zürich?

The train from Lugano to Zürich HB takes 2 h 9 min including transfers and departs hourly.