There are 7 ways to get from Munich to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)  •  7 h 3 min

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

$144 - $246

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Bus  •  7 h 10 min

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

$24 - $45

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Train  •  8 h 10 min

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

$117 - $191

Drive  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Munich to Lugano 268.1 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Munich to Zurich, train  •  6 h 6 min

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

$170 - $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 30 min

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

$169 - $384

Questions & Answers

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 7 h 3 min.

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

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The best way to get from Munich to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 7 h 3 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 3 min to get from Munich to Lugano, including transfers.

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Munich to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Munich, Munich central bus station.

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Munich to Lugano train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Lugano is to train which takes 7 h 3 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Munich Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Munich to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 192.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 3 min

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 7 h 3 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Munich to Lugano once daily. Tickets cost $24 - $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 Munich to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $150
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $340
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
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 3 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 53 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
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
$24 - $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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Munich to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Lugano is 429 km. It takes approximately 4 h 31 min to drive from Munich to Lugano.

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FlexFlight ApS, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Munich Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Munich to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 3606+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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