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There are 6 ways to get from Monte Carlo to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Monaco Monte Carlo to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$76 - $96

Cheapest option

Bus via Genoa, Genoa  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice to Genoa, Genoa N758 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Genova - Stazione Marittima to Lugano - P&R Fornaci

$63 - $114

4 alternative options

Bus Eurolines FR  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Nice to Lugano

$64 - $94

Drive  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Monte Carlo to Lugano 238.2 miles

$45 - $75

Fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Zurich (ZRH) NCE - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$148 - $384

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Milan Linate (LIN) NCE - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$150 - $439

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The cheapest way to get from Monte Carlo to Lugano is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Monte Carlo to Lugano is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Monte Carlo to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Monaco Monte Carlo Casino and arriving at Lugano - P&R Fornaci via Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice and Genova - Stazione Marittima. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Monte Carlo to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Monaco Monte Carlo and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 22 min.

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The distance between Monte Carlo and Lugano is 280 km. The road distance is 381 km.

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The best way to get from Monte Carlo to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 6 h 22 min and costs 65€ - 85€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 22 min to get from Monte Carlo to Lugano, including transfers.

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Monte Carlo to Lugano bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Nice station.

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Monte Carlo to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Monaco Monte Carlo station.

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The best way to get from Monte Carlo to Lugano is to train which takes 6 h 22 min and costs 65€ - 85€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 50€ - 100€ and takes 7 h 53 min.

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Map of how to get from Monte Carlo to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 174.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 22 min

What companies run services between Monte Carlo, Monaco and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Monte Carlo to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 6 h 22 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Monte Carlo to Lugano via Nice Airport, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice, Genoa, Genoa, and Genova - Stazione Marittima in around 7 h 53 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Nice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Nice to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $340
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 Monaco Monte Carlo to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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 HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
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 Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Nice to Genoa, Genoa
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Genova - Stazione Marittima to Lugano - P&R Fornaci
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Nice to Lugano
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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The quickest flight from Nice Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Monte Carlo to Lugano bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Lugano station.

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Monte Carlo to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Monte Carlo to Lugano is 381 km. It takes approximately 3 h 52 min to drive from Monte Carlo to Lugano.

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Swiss offers flights from Nice Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 3488+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Monte Carlo to Nice Airport is to line 110 shuttle which takes 35 min and costs 20€ - 22€.

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