There are 8 ways to get from Munich to Lugano by train, bus, 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.

Recommended option

Train via Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)  •  6 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano 2 / ...

$144 - $246

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Lugano 076

$25 - $45

6 alternative options

Train  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Como S. Giovanni (Busbahnhof)

$117 - $192

Drive  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Munich to Lugano 268.1 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Munich to Zurich, train  •  5 h 38 min

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

$163 - $445

Fly Munich to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) MUC - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$66 - $163

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$161 - $384

Fly Munich to Milan Bergamo, train  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) MUC - BGY
  2. Take the train from Bergamo to Monza
  3. Take the train from Monza to Lugano

$125 - $446

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Munich to Lugano is to bus which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 7 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Munich to Lugano is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 4 h 31 min.

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The distance between Munich and Lugano is 308 km. The road distance is 429 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 23 min to get from Munich to Lugano, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Munich, Munich central bus station station and arriving at Lugano. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Munich to Lugano. However, there are services departing from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) and arriving at Lugano via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 23 min.

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What companies run services between Munich, Germany and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Munich to Lugano via Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai) and Zürich HB in around 6 h 23 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Munich to Lugano once daily. Tickets cost $25 - $45 and the journey takes 7 h 10 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Munich to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,400
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
BMI Regional
Website
flybmi.com
Flights from Munich to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,400
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $150
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Como S. Giovanni (Busbahnhof)
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
bahn.de
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 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Monza to Lugano
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $26
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$24 - $26
First
$36
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 Munich, Munich central bus station to Lugano
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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