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There are 4 ways to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio S50
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb Ec / ...

SFr 73 - SFr 147

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Bus  •  5h 49m

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

SFr 76 - SFr 114

Bus, train  •  6h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Arbedo-Castione Via Stazione Malpensa airport terminal 1 - Arbedo-Castione Via Stazione
  2. Take the train from Castione-Arbedo to Zürich HB Ir46

Drive  •  3h 4m

  1. Drive from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Zürich 269.5 km

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Italy → Switzerland
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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

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from Campania, Apulia in Italy
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • 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:
Austria: Oberösterreich, Salzburg
France: Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Paris, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Germany: Saxony, Thuringia
Italy: Campania, Apulia

This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Hungary, India, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and Uruguay
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Italy

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

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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 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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

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

The social distance requirement in Switzerland is 2 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.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland is to drive, which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 3h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 3h 4m.

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No, there is no direct train from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Mendrisio, Lugano and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 2m.

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The distance between Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Switzerland is 135 km. The road distance is 269.5 km.

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The best way to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 4h 2m and costs 65€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 4h 2m to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland 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 Switzerland is to train which takes 4h 2m and costs 65€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 65€ - 110€ and takes 5h 49m.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland is 270 km. It takes approximately 3h 4m to drive from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland.

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Map of how to get from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 135.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 2m

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

You can take a train from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Zürich via Mendrisio, Lugano, and Zürich HB in around 4h 2m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Zürich via Lugano Piazzale Besso, Lugano, Zurich, and Zürich HB in around 5h 49m.

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 Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
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Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
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 Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Castione-Arbedo to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 27 - SFr 45
Website
Giosy Tours
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Arbedo-Castione Via Stazione
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 45
Website
Giosy Tours
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 55
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl

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