• Our partners include:

  • RailEurope
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Trenitalia
  • SNCF
  • Flixbus
  • RENFE
  • Ouibus
  • BlaBlaCar
  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner

There are 10 ways to get from Lyon to Lugano 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 via Zürich HB  •  8h 16m

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano 2 / ...

$163 - $286

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Turin, Torino 726 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Turin, Torino to Lugano 470

$30 - $49

8 alternative options

Train  •  8h 38m

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Domodossola Ec
  3. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART 1-Y / ...

$123 - $219

Train inOui TGV  •  9h 44m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV Station to Milano Garibaldi Tgv 9245
  2. Take the train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Arcisate Re_5

$118 - $160

Drive  •  5h 3m

  1. Drive from Lyon to Lugano 310.1 miles

$65 - $100

Fly Lyon to Milan Malpensa  •  5h 49m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) LYS - MXP

$105 - $267

Train to Geneva, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  6h 31m

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) GVA - MXP

$137 - $309

Train to Geneva, fly to Zurich, train  •  7h 30m

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$153 - $318

Train to Geneva, fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 59m

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$96 - $301

Fly Lyon to Zurich, train  •  7h 3m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Zurich (ZRH) LYS - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$136 - $346

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Lugano is to bus which costs 25€ - 45€ and takes 8h 55m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Lyon to Lugano is to drive which costs 55€ - 85€ and takes 5h 3m.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Lyon to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Lyon, Lyon Perrache and arriving at Lugano via Turin, Torino. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 55m.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu and arriving at Lugano via Genève and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 16m.

More details

The distance between Lyon and Lugano is 320 km. The road distance is 496.2 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Lyon to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 8h 16m and costs 140€ - 250€.

More details

It takes approximately 8h 16m to get from Lyon to Lugano, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

Lyon to Lugano train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu station.

More details

The best way to get from Lyon to Lugano is to train which takes 8h 16m and costs 140€ - 250€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 45€ and takes 8h 55m, you could also fly, which costs 90€ - 240€ and takes 5h 49m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Lyon to Lugano.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 199.8 miles
  • Duration: 8h 16m

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lyon to Lugano via Gare de Genève, Genève, and Zürich HB in around 8h 16m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lyon to Lugano via Turin, Torino in around 8h 55m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $500
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $500
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $500
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$150 - $460
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Train from Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV Station to Milano Garibaldi
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $95
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $95
1st Class
$110 - $170
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 Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
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 Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
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 Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Turin, Torino
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Turin, Torino to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk

Want to know more about travelling around Switzerland

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Lyon Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

Search flights

Lyon to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

More details

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

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Lugano is 496 km. It takes approximately 5h 3m to drive from Lyon to Lugano.

Get driving directions

Air France and Hop! offer flights from Lyon Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

Search flights

Book your Lyon to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

Search and book

There are 3807+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29m and costs 9€ - 15€.

More details