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There are 11 ways to get from Paris to Locarno by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Strasbourg

  1. Take the train from Paris l'Est to Strasbourg
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Milan
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Bellinzona

Train

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Locarno

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Basel SBB
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Locarno

Drive

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Locarno

Fly Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa, train

  1. Fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
  3. Take the train from Mendrisio to Locarno

Fly Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa, train

  1. Fly from Paris Orly (ORY) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
  3. Take the train from Mendrisio to Locarno

Fly Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich, train

  1. Fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Zurich (ZRH)
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Bellinzona

Fly Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate, train

  1. Fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Milan Linate (LIN)
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Locarno

Fly Paris Orly to Milan Linate, train

  1. Fly from Paris Orly (ORY) to Milan Linate (LIN)
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Locarno

Fly Paris Charles de Gaulle to Turin, train

  1. Fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Turin (TRN)
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Locarno

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Locarno is to bus which costs €55 - €110 and takes 15h 6m.

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The fastest way to get from Paris to Locarno is to fly and train. Taking this option will cost €130 - €430 and takes 6h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Paris to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Paris and arriving at Locarno, Debarcadero via Milan and Bellinzona, Viale Portone. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 6m.

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No, there is no direct train from Paris to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Paris l'Est and arriving at Locarno via Strasbourg, Basel SBB and Lugano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 39m.

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The distance between Paris and Locarno is 569 km. The road distance is 829.8 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Locarno without a car is to train via Strasbourg which takes 7h 39m and costs €150 - €310.

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It takes approximately 7h 39m to get from Paris to Locarno, including transfers.

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Paris to Locarno bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Paris station.

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Paris to Locarno train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Paris l'Est station.

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The best way to get from Paris to Locarno is to train via Strasbourg which takes 7h 39m and costs €150 - €310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €55 - €110 and takes 15h 6m.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Locarno.
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  • Distance: 568.6 km
  • Duration: 7h 39m

What companies run services between Paris, France and Locarno, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Magenta to Locarno via Strasbourg, Basel SBB, and Lugano in around 7h 39m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Paris Bercy to Locarno via Milan, Bellinzona, and Bellinzona, Viale Portone in around 15h 6m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 380
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 490
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 380
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Turin
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 420
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 200
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 210
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 240
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 350
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 410
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 550
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 360
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Turin via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 550
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Turin via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 340
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 340
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 390
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 350
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 420
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 490
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 210
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 480
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Turin
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 650
Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris l'Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 70 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 75 - SFr 95
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 110
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 80 - SFr 95
1st Class
SFr 90 - SFr 110
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Paris l'Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Website
Deutsche Bahn
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris l'Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 100
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Rail 1st Class
SFr 65 - SFr 100
Train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 18 - SFr 26
Rail 1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 40
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 Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mendrisio to Locarno
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Locarno
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Locarno
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 13 - SFr 19
Base Standard
SFr 29 - SFr 40
Base Premium
SFr 35 - SFr 55
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 Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 20
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 17 - SFr 20
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 14
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 9 - SFr 14
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 Paris to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Milan
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 50
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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Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Milan
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 30
Website
Blablabus
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Milan to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl

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The quickest flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Paris to Locarno bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, arrive at Bellinzona station.

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Paris to Locarno train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Locarno is 830 km. It takes approximately 8h 4m to drive from Paris to Locarno.

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Luxair, Air France, Swiss and two other airlines offer flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 215+ hotels available in Locarno. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Paris to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is to train which takes 34 min and costs €5 - €8.

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