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There are 4 ways to get from Milan to Locarno by train, bus or car

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Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  2h 16m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona Eurocity / ...

$46 - $79

Cheapest option

Bus, line 311 bus  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Milano Famagosta to Bellinzona Castione
  2. Take the line 311 bus from Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione to Locarno, Via della Pace 311

$18 - $29

2 alternative options

Train via Arcisate  •  3h 18m

  1. Take the train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Arcisate Re_5
  2. Take the train from Arcisate to Giubiasco 50

$34 - $74

Drive  •  1h 25m

  1. Drive from Milan to Locarno 71.8 miles

$17 - $25

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Locarno is to drive which costs 15€ - 22€ and takes 1h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Locarno is to drive which costs 15€ - 22€ and takes 1h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Milano Famagosta and arriving at Locarno, Via della Pace via Castione, Stazione and Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 17m.

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No, there is no direct train from Milan to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Locarno via Bellinzona. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 16m.

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The distance between Milan and Locarno is 84 km. The road distance is 114.9 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Locarno without a car is to train which takes 2h 16m and costs 40€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 2h 16m to get from Milan to Locarno, including transfers.

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Milan to Locarno bus services, operated by Autolinee Gambioli, depart from Milano Famagosta station.

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Milan to Locarno train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Locarno is to train which takes 2h 16m and costs 40€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus and line 311 bus, which costs 16€ - 26€ and takes 3h 17m.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Locarno.
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  • Distance: 52.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 16m

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Locarno, Switzerland?

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Milan to Locarno every 3 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 1h 33m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Milan to Locarno via Castione, Stazione and Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione in around 3h 17m.

Train operators
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.

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Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Arcisate to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Milano Famagosta to Bellinzona Castione
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione to Locarno, Via della Pace
Ave. Duration
41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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Milan to Locarno bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, arrive at Locarno, Via della Pace station.

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Milan to Locarno train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Bellinzona station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Locarno is 115 km. It takes approximately 1h 25m to drive from Milan to Locarno.

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There are 1688+ hotels available in Locarno. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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