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There are 5 ways to get from Milan to Switzerland by train, bus, rideshare or car

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

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso
  2. Take the train from Chiasso to Zürich HB

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Bus via Como

  1. Take the bus from Como Grandate to Zürich

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Zurich

Drive

  1. Drive from Milan to Zürich

Milan to Switzerland by train

The train journey time between Milan and Switzerland is around 3h 51m and covers a distance of around 255 km. This includes an average layover time of around 41 min. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and Trenitalia EuroCity, the Milan to Switzerland train service departs from Milano Centrale and arrives in Zürich Stadelhofen. Typically 124 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

124 Weekly Trains
3h 51m Average Duration
SFr 55 Cheapest Price
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Italy → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • There are no current restrictions
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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, entry into Switzerland is currently allowed from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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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 subject to regional advice.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, returning to Italy from Switzerland is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 3 Aug 2022
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 bus via Como which costs €14 - €20 and takes 6h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Switzerland is to drive which costs €55 - €80 and takes 3h 5m.

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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 51m.

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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 51m and costs €55 - €140.

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It takes approximately 3h 51m 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 51m and costs €55 - €140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 4h 40m.

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

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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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Map of how to get from Milan to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 165.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 51m

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 51m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station hourly. Tickets cost SFr 14 - SFr 18 and the journey takes 3h 40m. Three other operators also service this route.

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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chiasso to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 100
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 Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 55
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 25
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
Train from Chiasso to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 55 - SFr 80
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 12
Website
RegioJet
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Marino Autolinee
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 35 - SFr 50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Como Grandate to Zürich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 15
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
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 Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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