There are 5 ways to get from Lugano to Zürich by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...

$60 - $110

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Bus  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Zurich K188

$22 - $40

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

$105 - $312

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lugano and arriving at Zurich. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 20 min.

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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 55 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Zürich is 154 km. The road distance is 211.1 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 2 h 55 min and costs .

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The train from Lugano to Zürich HB takes 2 h 55 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Lugano to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Lugano station.

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Lugano to Zürich 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 Zürich is to train which takes 2 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 20 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 51 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 Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 96.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 55 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Lugano to Zürich hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 55 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lugano to Zürich 4 times a day. Tickets cost $22 - $40 and the journey takes 8 h 20 min. Autolinee Ventre also services this route 3 times 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)

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
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
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
$29
Schedules at
ventrebus.com

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Lugano to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Zürich is 211 km. It takes approximately 2 h 23 min to drive from Lugano to Zürich.

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Swiss offers flights from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Lugano to Zürich bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 501+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 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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