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There are 5 ways to get from Nice to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Thello, train  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the Thello from Nice Ville to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso Regional-Express / ...

$66 - $100

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Bus  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Nice to Lugano

$60 - $90

3 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Nice Ville to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$67 - $96

Drive  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Nice to Lugano 247.7 miles

$50 - $80

Fly, train  •  6 h 57 min

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

$132 - $366

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The cheapest way to get from Nice to Lugano is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 4 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Nice to Lugano is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 4 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Nice and arriving at Lugano. Services depart three times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 7 h 29 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Nice to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Nice Ville and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale and Chiasso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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The distance between Nice and Lugano is 289 km. The road distance is 396.4 km.

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The best way to get from Nice to Lugano without a car is to Thello and train which takes 6 h 30 min and costs 55€ - 90€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from Nice to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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Nice to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Nice Ville station.

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The best way to get from Nice to Lugano is to Thello and train which takes 6 h 30 min and costs 55€ - 90€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 55€ - 80€ and takes 7 h 29 min.

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Map of how to get from Nice to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 180.7 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

What companies run services between Nice, France and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Nice to Lugano via Milano Centrale and Chiasso in around 6 h 30 min. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Nice to Lugano 3 times a week. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 7 h 29 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Nice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Nice to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Train operators
Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Nice Ville to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
thello.com
Trenitalia

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
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Nice Ville to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Website
orario.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
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
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 15 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Nice to Lugano is 396 km. It takes approximately 4 h 1 min to drive from Nice to Lugano.

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Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Nice Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Nice to Lugano train tickets online with Loco2 and Loco2.

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Book your Nice to Lugano bus tickets online with Busbud.

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There are 3649+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Nice to Nice Airport is to line 99 bus which takes 13 min and costs 6€.

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