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There are 4 ways to get from Lugano to Zermatt by train, bus or car

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Train  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Locarno FART to Domodossola Express / ...
  2. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Zermatt 30-Y / ...

$66 - $140

3 alternative options

Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Ece / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Brig Ec / ...
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Zermatt 6-Y

$83 - $150

Bus, train  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Lainate - Villoresi
  2. Take the bus from Lainate - Villoresi to Visp
  3. Take the train from Visp to Zermatt

$116 - $167

Drive  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Zermatt 115.6 miles

$24 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Zermatt is to drive which costs SFr 24 - SFr 35 and takes 3 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Zermatt is to drive which costs SFr 24 - SFr 35 and takes 3 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Zermatt. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Zermatt via Giubiasco, Locarno FART, Domodossola and Brig Bahnhofplatz. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 54 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Zermatt is 93 km. The road distance is 185 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Zermatt without a car is to train which takes 5 h 54 min and costs SFr 65 - SFr 140.

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It takes approximately 5 h 54 min to get from Lugano to Zermatt, including transfers.

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Lugano to Zermatt train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Locarno FART station.

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Lugano to Zermatt train services, operated by MGB, arrive at Zermatt station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Zermatt is 185 km. It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to drive from Lugano to Zermatt.

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There are 1516+ hotels available in Zermatt. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Zermatt.
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  • Distance: 58.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 54 min

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Zermatt via Giubiasco, Locarno, Locarno FART, Domodossola, Brig, and Brig Bahnhofplatz in around 5 h 54 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 Locarno FART to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
MGB
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Zermatt
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$26 - $31
1st Class Ticket
$45 - $55
Train from Visp to Zermatt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $45
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$20 - $25
1st Class Ticket
$35 - $45
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 Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Brig
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Lainate - Villoresi
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lainate - Villoresi to Visp
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch

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