There are 7 ways to get from Milan to Lucerne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Arth-Goldau  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Arth-Goldau Ec

$56 - $83

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Rideshare  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Lucerne 156 miles

$14 - $20

5 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 3 min

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

$65 - $120

Bus FlixBus  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Luzern N524 / ...

$16 - $42

Bus Eurolines CH  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Milano Lampugnano to Luzern Ouibus

$27 - $32

Drive  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Milan to Lucerne 155.9 miles

$35 - $55

Fly, train  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$110 - $326

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Lucerne is to rideshare which costs 12€ - 17€ and takes 3 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Lucerne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 44 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from via orefici p.za cordusio and arriving at Luzern via Milan, Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Luzern. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 3 min.

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The distance between Milan and Lucerne is 189 km. The road distance is 249.5 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 30 min and costs 45€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 30 min to get from Milan to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Milan to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Milan, Milan station.

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

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The best way to get from Milan to Lucerne is to train which takes 3 h 30 min and costs 45€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 13€ - 40€ and takes 4 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Milan to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Luzern station.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 118.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

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

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Milan to Lucerne every 3 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $55 and the journey takes 2 h 44 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan to Lucerne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $14 - $24 and the journey takes 3 h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Luzern
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
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 Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan, Milan to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milano to Lucerna
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Milano Lampugnano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $30
Book at
eurolines.ch
Globtour
Website
globtour.com
Bus from Mailand Lampugnano to Luzern Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
globtour.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Milan to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Milan to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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