There are 13 ways to get from Madrid to Swiss Alps by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  9 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Zurich (ZRH) MAD - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$109 - $316

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Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) MAD - BGY
  2. Take the train from Monza to Bellinzona
  3. Take the train from Bellinzona to Airolo

$97 - $328

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus, train  •  10 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) MAD - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo

$108 - $316

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  10 h 31 min

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

$135 - $376

Fly to Geneva, train  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Geneva (GVA) MAD - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Brig
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Andermatt

$137 - $412

Fly to Basel, train  •  11 h

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Basel (BSL) MAD - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$118 - $341

Fly to Turin, train  •  12 h 42 min

  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 Bellinzona
  4. Take the train from Bellinzona to Airolo

$131 - $472

Train  •  18 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV Tgv
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV to Genève
  4. Take the train from Geneve to Brig 90 / ...
  5. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Realp 6-Y

$487 - $699

Train via Strasbourg  •  21 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV Tgv
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV to Strasbourg Tgv
  4. Take the train from Offenburg to Interlaken Ost Ice

$376 - $529

Bus Eurolines CH, train  •  28 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sion
  2. Take the train from Sion to Brig 90 / ...
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Andermatt 6-Y / ...

$169 - $323

Bus  •  32 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Milano
  2. Take the bus from Milano Lampugnano to Bellinzona Via Henri Guisan Union Hotel
  3. Take the bus from Bellinzona, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione 191

$142 - $212

Bus Autocares Grupo Samar, train  •  36 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Marseille
  2. Take the bus from Marseille to Lugano
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo

$195 - $381

Drive  •  16 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Swiss Alps 1074.2 miles

$220 - $330

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Swiss Alps. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Gotthard Passhöhe via Milano Lampugnano, Bellinzona, Stazione and Airolo, Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32 h 35 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Swiss Alps is 1200 km. The road distance is 1718.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 18 h 12 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 21 min to get from Madrid to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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Madrid to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Swiss Alps is to train which takes 18 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 32 h 35 min.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 10 min.

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Madrid to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, arrive at Airolo, Stazione station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Swiss Alps is 1719 km. It takes approximately 16 h 42 min to drive from Madrid to Swiss Alps.

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Air Europa, Vueling Airlines, Swiss and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 750 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 21 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Swiss Alps, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Madrid to Swiss Alps via Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Sants Station, Gare de Valence TGV, Valence TGV, Genève, Geneve, Brig, Brig Bahnhofplatz, and Realp in around 18 h 12 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Swiss Alps via Milano, Milano Lampugnano, Bellinzona Via Henri Guisan Union Hotel, Bellinzona, Stazione, and Airolo, Stazione in around 32 h 35 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Turin
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Turin via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Turin via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,200
Flights from Madrid to Turin via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,200
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,900
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Madrid to Turin via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Turin via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo via Prague
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Madrid to Milan Bergamo via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $490
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $420
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $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 Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Airolo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bellinzona to Airolo
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Brig
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Sion to Brig
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $45
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 Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $37
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$35 - $37
First
$56
Train from Monza to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$22 - $40
First
$45 - $55
Train from Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Sion to Brig
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
MGB
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Andermatt
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $80
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$35 - $50
1st Class Ticket
$65 - $80
Train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Realp
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$30 - $40
1st Class Ticket
$55 - $70
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
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$19 - $23
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
renfe.com
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 Valence TGV to Genève
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
en.oui.sncf
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Valence TGV to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $230
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Offenburg to Interlaken Ost
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
bahn.de
RegionalAlps
Website
regionalps.ch
Train from Sion to Brig
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
regionalps.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid to Sion
Ave. Duration
24 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $190
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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
26 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
alsa.com
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Bellinzona, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
17 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $180
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Marseille to Lugano
Ave. Duration
12 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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