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

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Train  •  3h 31m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Luzern Ec

SFr 55 - SFr 140

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Bus  •  4h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Luzern N836 / ...

SFr 9 - SFr 20

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Train via Como  •  3h 46m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso Re_10
  2. Take the train from Chiasso to Rotkreuz Ec / ...

SFr 64 - SFr 125

Bus via Luzern  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Milan Lampugnano Station to Luzern

SFr 23 - SFr 32

Rideshare  •  3h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Lucerne 250 km

SFr 13 - SFr 18

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Milan to Lucerne 250 km

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Fly, train  •  4h 8m

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

SFr 103 - SFr 346

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

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Lucerne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2h 43m.

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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 4h 39m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 31m.

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The distance between Milan and Lucerne is 189 km. The road distance is 250 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 3h 31m and costs 55€ - 130€.

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The train from Milano Centrale to Luzern takes 3h 31m including transfers and departs once daily.

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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 3h 31m and costs 55€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 8€ - 19€ and takes 4h 39m.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 189 km
  • Duration: 3h 31m

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

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Milano Centrale to Luzern once daily. Tickets cost SFr 55 - SFr 140 and the journey takes 3h 31m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan, Milan to Luzern twice daily. Tickets cost SFr 15 - SFr 18 and the journey takes 3h 20m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 320
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 Luzern
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 140
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 55 - SFr 80
1st Class
SFr 100 - SFr 140
Train from Chiasso to Rotkreuz
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 110
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 45 - SFr 60
1st Class
SFr 80 - SFr 110
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 4 - SFr 6
Website
Trenord
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 Chiasso to Rotkreuz
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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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
3h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milan to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 17
Website
Marino Autolinee
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Milan, Terminal Bus di Lampugnano to Lucerne, Inseli Park
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 12
Website
RegioJet
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Milan Lampugnano Station to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 30
Book at
eurolines.ch
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to 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
3h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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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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Milan to Lucerne train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Luzern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Lucerne is 250 km. It takes approximately 2h 43m to drive from Milan to Lucerne.

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Swiss offers flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 406+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Milan and Lucerne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Milan to Milan Malpensa Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs 11€ - 16€.

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