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

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Train  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb Tgv
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...

SFr 156 - SFr 241

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Bus via Basel Airport (BSL)  •  18h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Airport Paris - Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Dijon > Besançon > Belfort > Mulhouse > Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Airport
  2. Take the bus from Basel to Lugano

SFr 38 - SFr 51

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Train via Basel  •  7h 28m

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb Tgv
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...

SFr 164 - SFr 254

Bus  •  13h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Zurich N99
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Lugano 421 / ...

SFr 43 - SFr 60

Drive  •  8h 10m

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Lugano 848.8 km

SFr 110 - SFr 160

Fly Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa, train  •  5h 49m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) CDG - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio

SFr 64 - SFr 331

Fly Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  5h 40m

  1. Fly from Paris Orly (ORY) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ORY - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio

SFr 65 - SFr 353

Fly Paris CDG to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 42m

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

SFr 84 - SFr 382

Fly Paris Orly to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 33m

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

SFr 90 - SFr 304

Fly Paris CDG to Zurich, train  •  6h 48m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Zurich (ZRH) CDG - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano

SFr 119 - SFr 351

Fly Paris Orly to Mulhouse, train  •  6h 55m

  1. Fly from Paris Orly (ORY) to Mulhouse (MLH) ORY - MLH
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Arth-Goldau
  3. Take the train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano

SFr 155 - SFr 493

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Paris to Lugano is to bus via Basel Airport (BSL) which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 18h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Lugano is to fly and train which costs 60€ - 340€ and takes 5h 40m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Paris to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine and arriving at Lugano via Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Paris to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Paris Gare De Lyon and arriving at Lugano via Zuerich Hb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 50m.

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The distance between Paris and Lugano is 589 km. The road distance is 848.8 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 6h 50m and costs 140€ - 230€.

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It takes approximately 6h 50m to get from Paris to Lugano, including transfers.

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Paris to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine station.

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Paris to Lugano train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Paris Gare De Lyon station.

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The best way to get from Paris to Lugano is to train which takes 6h 50m and costs 140€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 13h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 588.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 50m

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

You can take a train from Paris Bercy to Lugano via Zuerich Hb in around 6h 50m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Paris Bercy to Lugano via Zurich in around 13h 35m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 290
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 300
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 250
Flights from Paris Orly to Mulhouse
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 450
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 150
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 230
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 550
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 480
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 460
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 210
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 600
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 210
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 410
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 370
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 270
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 440 - SFr 1100
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 410
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 330
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 Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 140
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 100 - SFr 120
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 140
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 85 - SFr 110
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 120
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 Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 75
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 25
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 15
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 7
Website
Trenord
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 70
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 25 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 70
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Zurich
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 17
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Lugano, Via Giacomo E Filippo Ciani
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 11
Website
RegioJet
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
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Airport
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 23
Website
Blablabus
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Basel to Lugano
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Lugano is 849 km. It takes approximately 8h 10m to drive from Paris to Lugano.

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Swiss, Lufthansa, Air France and easyJet offer flights from Paris CDG Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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Book your Paris to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 4217+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Paris to Paris CDG Airport is to train which takes 38 min and costs 10€.

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