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There are 6 ways to get from Milan to Switzerland by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 37m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb Ec

SFr 63 - SFr 130

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Rideshare  •  3h 42m

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Zurich 278.4 km

SFr 20

4 alternative options

Train via Como  •  4h 44m

  1. Take the train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Como S.Giovanni S11
  2. Take the train from Como S. Giovanni to Zürich HB Ec

SFr 57 - SFr 140

Bus  •  5h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station N11 / ...

SFr 50 - SFr 77

Drive  •  3h 5m

  1. Drive from Milan to Zürich 279.8 km

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Fly  •  2h 33m

  1. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Geneva (GVA) LIN - GVA

SFr 87 - SFr 240

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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Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Italy

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

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

See options for return travel.

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

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Switzerland is to rideshare which costs 19€ and takes 3h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Switzerland is to fly which costs 75€ - 220€ and takes 2h 33m.

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No, there is no direct train from Milan to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Chiasso and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 37m.

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The distance between Milan and Switzerland is 166 km. The road distance is 279.8 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 3h 37m and costs 55€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 3h 37m to get from Milan to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Milan to Switzerland train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Switzerland is to train which takes 3h 37m and costs 55€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 5h 30m, you could also fly, which costs 75€ - 220€ and takes 2h 33m.

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The quickest flight from Milan Linate Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Milan to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 165.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 37m

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Switzerland?

You can take a train from Milan to Zürich via Chiasso and Zürich HB in around 3h 37m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station once daily. Tickets cost SFr 16 - SFr 21 and the journey takes 4h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 420
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 Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 100
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Como S. Giovanni to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
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 Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 90
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
1st Class
SFr 65 - SFr 90
Train from Como S.Giovanni to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 130
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 130
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 Porta Garibaldi to Como S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 4 - SFr 6
Website
Trenord
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 to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Milan, Terminal Bus di Lampugnano to Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 14
Website
RegioJet
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Milan to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Milan to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 20
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Switzerland is 280 km. It takes approximately 3h 5m to drive from Milan to Switzerland.

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Alitalia offers flights from Milan Linate Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 155+ hotels available in Switzerland. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Milan and Switzerland. 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 Linate Airport is to line 73 bus which takes 20 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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