There are 5 ways to get from Merano to Lugano by train, bus, night bus, car or car ferry

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  •  5h 22m

  1. Take the train from Bolzano Bozen to Verona Porta Nuova Ecb / ...
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 60 - SFr 232

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  10h 30m

  1. Take the night bus from Stazione Merano to Malles
  2. Take the bus from Mals, Bahnhof/Malles, stazione to Zernez, Center dal Parc Naziun 811
  3. Take the bus from St. Moritz, Bahnhof to Lugano, Autosilo Balestra 631

SFr 41 - SFr 54

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Meran to Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo 407
  2. Take the bus from Bergamo Airport Bus Station to Milan Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 54 - SFr 86

Bus  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Merano to Milano Malpensa Airport
  2. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso Malpensa airport terminal 1 - Arbedo-Castione Via Stazione / ...

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 25m

  1. Drive from Merano to Varenna
  2. Take the car ferry from Varenna to Menaggio SR214 / ...

SFr 55 - SFr 81

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Merano to Lugano is to night bus and bus which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 10h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Merano to Lugano is to drive and car ferry which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 4h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Merano to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Merano and arriving at Lugano Piazzale Besso via Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 10m.

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The distance between Merano and Lugano is 184 km.

The best way to get from Merano to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5h 22m and costs 50€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 5h 22m to get from Merano to Lugano, including transfers.

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Merano to Lugano bus services, operated by Alto Adige Bus, depart from Merano station.

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The best way to get from Merano to Lugano is to train which takes 5h 22m and costs 50€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7h 10m.

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Merano to Lugano bus services, operated by Giosy Tours, arrive at Lugano Piazzale Besso station.

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There are 4512+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 76 per night.

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Map of how to get from Merano to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 184 km
  • Duration: 5h 22m

What companies run services between Merano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Merano to Lugano via Bozen, Bolzano Bozen, Verona Porta Nuova, and Milano Centrale in around 5h 22m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Merano to Lugano via Milano Malpensa Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 in around 7h 10m.

Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bolzano Bozen to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 29
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Bolzano Bozen to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Base Standard
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Base Premium
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 22
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 Bolzano Bozen to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 20 - SFr 22
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bolzano to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 20
Website
Italo Treno
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 20
Website
Italo Treno
Russian Railways (РЖД)
Website
rzd.ru
Train from Bolzano Bozen to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 60
Website
pass.rzd.ru
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 Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 110
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
1st Class
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 75
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
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 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Meran to Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Bergamo Airport Bus Station to Milan Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 11
Website
Autostradale
Alto Adige Bus
Phone
895 895 0831
Email
info@suedtirolbus.it
Website
altoadigebus.com
Bus from Merano to Milano Malpensa Airport
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 100
Schedules at
altoadigebus.com
Giosy Tours
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
giosytours.ch
Sudtirol Alto Adige
Phone
840 000 471
Website
sii.bz.it
Night bus from Stazione Merano to Malles
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 12
Schedules at
sii.bz.it
Bus from Malles - Stazione to Zernez
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 10
Schedules at
sii.bz.it
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Mals, Bahnhof/Malles, stazione to Zernez, Center dal Parc Naziun
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 8
Website
Swiss PostAuto
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from St. Moritz, Bahnhof to Lugano, Autosilo Balestra
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 15
Website
Swiss PostAuto
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Ferry operators

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