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There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Lugano by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  6h 34m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) MAD - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso

SFr 53 - SFr 145

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Bus  •  26h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Milan Lampugnano M1 Sofia Central Bus Station - Lisbon Oriente / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Lugano

SFr 45 - SFr 182

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Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  7h 39m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Linate (LIN) MAD - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 74 - SFr 226

Fly to Zurich, train  •  7h 17m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Zurich (ZRH) MAD - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano

SFr 99 - SFr 285

Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  7h 40m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) MAD - BGY
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 56 - SFr 126

Fly to Turin, train  •  8h 6m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Turin (TRN) MAD - TRN
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 77 - SFr 303

Train  •  17h 3m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve Ter / ...
  4. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB Ic1 / ...
  5. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...

SFr 317 - SFr 551

Bus via Madrid  •  27h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Milano
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Lugano

SFr 175 - SFr 245

Drive  •  15h 44m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lugano 1639 km

SFr 190 - SFr 280

Madrid to Lugano by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Lugano is around 24h 50m and covers a distance of around 1875 km. The fastest train normally takes 24h 50m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, SNCF and others, the Madrid to Lugano train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Lugano. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
24h 50m
Fastest train time:
24h 50m
Train distance:
1875 km
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
SFr 288
Carbon emissions:
98 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
20:40
Last train departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Lugano train schedules

Spain → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to arrivals from Spain
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
France: Paris, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Pays de la Loire

This applies to arrivals from India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Spain

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lugano is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lugano is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lugano is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Switzerland.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lugano is to fly and train which costs €50 - €120 and takes 7h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Lugano is to fly and bus which costs €45 - €140 and takes 6h 34m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur and arriving at Lugano via Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26h 39m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Lugano via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, Genève and Zuerich Hb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 3m.

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The distance between Madrid and Lugano is 1198 km. The road distance is 1639 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 17h 3m and costs €290 - €550.

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It takes approximately 6h 34m to get from Madrid to Lugano, including transfers.

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Madrid to Lugano bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid to Lugano train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lugano is to train which takes 17h 3m and costs €290 - €550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €40 - €170 and takes 26h 39m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 1197.8 km
  • Duration: 6h 34m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Madrid to Lugano via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, Genève, and Zuerich Hb in around 17h 3m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Lugano via Milan Lampugnano M1 and Milan in around 26h 39m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 260
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 270
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 130
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 240
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 240
Flights from Madrid to Turin
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 200
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 80
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 50
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 50
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo via Marseille
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 50
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 50
Flights from Madrid to Turin
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 110
Flights from Madrid to Turin via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 110
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 270
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 130
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 240
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 330
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 320
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 290
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 290
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 200
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 130
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 340
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 340
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 340
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 160
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 320
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 420
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 330
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 70
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 70
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 21
Base Standard
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Base Premium
SFr 40 - SFr 60
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 Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 21
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 19 - SFr 21
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 15
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 10 - SFr 15
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 130
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
SFr 65 - SFr 85
Promo+
SFr 73 - SFr 78
Flexible
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 95
Website
renfe-sncf.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 21 - SFr 35
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Bus operators
Giosy Tours
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 45
Website
Giosy Tours
flibco.com
Website
bustickets.distribusion.com
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport T1 to Lugano train station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 54
Schedules at
bustickets.distribusion.com
Union Ivkoni
Website
bustickets.distribusion.com
Bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Milan Lampugnano M1
Ave. Duration
24h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 130
Schedules at
bustickets.distribusion.com
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Milan to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Milano
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 190
Website
alsa.com

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Madrid to Lugano bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lugano is 1639 km. It takes approximately 15h 44m to drive from Madrid to Lugano.

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