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There are 3 ways to get from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano by bus, train, car or towncar

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Bus, train  •  1h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Milan Linate Airport to Milan Centrale Milan Linate Airport - Milan Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Re80 / ...

SFr 30 - SFr 81

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1h 2m

  1. Drive from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano 85.1 km

SFr 11 - SFr 17

Towncar  •  1h 2m

  1. Take a town car from Milan Linate Airport to Lugano 85.1 km

Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano by bus and train

The journey time between Milan Linate Airport (LIN) and Lugano is around 2h 21m and covers a distance of around 85 km. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 58m. Operated by Autostradale, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and Trenitalia Eurocity, the Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano service departs from Milan Linate Airport and arrives in Lugano. Typically nine services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2h 21m
Fastest journey time:
1h 58m
Journey distance:
85 km
Services per week:
9
Cheapest price:
SFr 30
Carbon emissions:
5 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
09:30
Last service departs at:
20:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano bus and train schedules

Italy → Switzerland
Partially open

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International entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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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 Italy

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to arrivals from Italy
  • 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 Italy

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 Italy.

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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 Italy from Switzerland.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 21 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano is to drive which costs €10 - €16 and takes 1h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano is to drive which costs €10 - €16 and takes 1h 2m.

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The distance between Milan Linate Airport (LIN) and Lugano is 66 km. The road distance is 85.1 km.

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The best way to get from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano without a car is to bus and train which takes 1h 59m and costs €27 - €75.

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It takes approximately 1h 59m to get from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano is 85 km. It takes approximately 1h 2m to drive from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano.

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Map of how to get from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 65.8 km
  • Duration: 1h 59m

What companies run services between Milan Linate Airport (LIN), Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

There is no direct connection from Milan Linate Airport (LIN) to Lugano. However, you can take the bus to Milan Centrale, take the walk to Milano Centrale, then take the train to Lugano. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Lugano.

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)
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 75
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Bus operators
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Milan Linate Airport to Milan Centrale
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 4 - SFr 6
Website
Autostradale
Website
Autostradale
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Milan Linate Airport to Lugano

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