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There are 12 ways to get from Paris to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Milan
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Lugano

Train via Basel

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

Train #2

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

Drive

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Lugano

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

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

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 Lugano

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 Lugano

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 Lugano

Train to Beauvais, fly to Milan Bergamo, bus, train

  1. Take the train from Gare du Nord to Beauvais
  2. Fly from Beauvais (BVA) to Milan Bergamo (BGY)
  3. Take the bus from Bergamo Airport Bus Station to Milan Centrale
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

Fly Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Bergamo, bus, train

  1. Fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Milan Bergamo (BGY)
  2. Take the bus from Bergamo Airport Bus Station to Milan Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

Paris to Lugano by train

41 Weekly Trains
6h 25m Average Duration
SFr 152 Cheapest Price
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International entry into Switzerland from France

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from France

  • There are no current restrictions
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Yes, entry into Switzerland is currently allowed from France.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lugano is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lugano is subject to regional advice.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to France from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 25 Jun 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Lugano is to bus which costs €50 - €100 and takes 14h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Lugano is to fly and train which costs €65 - €260 and takes 6h 1m.

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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 Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 9m.

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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 25m.

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The distance between Paris and Lugano is 589 km. The road distance is 837.5 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 6h 25m and costs €140 - €240.

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It takes approximately 6h 25m to get from Paris to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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Paris to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia, 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 25m and costs €140 - €240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €50 - €100 and takes 14h 9m.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 588.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 25m

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 25m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Paris Bercy to Lugano via Milan in around 14h 9m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 470
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 390
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 360
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 230
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 230
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 290
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 260
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 550
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 550
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 470
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 650
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 390
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Zurich via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 390
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 340
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 440
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Beauvais to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 170
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 190
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 700
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Milan Linate via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 340
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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 95 - SFr 110
1st Class
SFr 100 - SFr 130
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 110
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 85 - SFr 100
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 110
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
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Paris Gare De Lyon to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 120
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 105 - SFr 115
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 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 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 70
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 24 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 70
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 Gare du Nord to Beauvais
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 27
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 11 - SFr 16
Rail 1st Class
SFr 18 - SFr 27
Bus operators
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
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 30
Website
Blablabus
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 Milan
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 55
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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Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Milan to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Bergamo Airport Bus Station to Milan Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 10
Website
Autostradale
Website
Autostradale

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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 Lugano bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, 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 838 km. It takes approximately 8h 4m to drive from Paris to Lugano.

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

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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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