There are 3 ways to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  55 min

  1. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 1 / ...

$21 - $28

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Train  •  1 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio 40

$38 - $67

Drive  •  55 min

  1. Drive from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano 42.7 miles

$8 - $13

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 and arriving at Lugano, Piazzale Besso. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 and arriving at Lugano via Mendrisio. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 47 min.

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The distance between Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Lugano is 47 km. The road distance is 68.3 km.

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The best way to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano without a car is to bus which takes 55 min and costs .

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The bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso takes 55 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano bus services, operated by Malpensa Express Bus, depart from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 station.

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Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 station.

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The best way to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano is to bus which takes 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 1 h 47 min.

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Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano bus services, operated by Malpensa Express Bus, arrive at Lugano, Piazzale Besso station.

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Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Mendrisio station.

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Map of how to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 29.2 miles
  • Duration: 55 min

What companies run services between Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

Malpensa Express Bus operates a bus from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano every 2 hours. Tickets cost $21 - $28 and the journey takes 55 min. Alternatively, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost $24 - $45 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min.

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.

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Website
sbb.ch
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.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
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano is 68 km. It takes approximately 55 min to drive from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lugano.

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