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

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Train  •  6h 27m

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

SFr 160 - SFr 247

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Bus  •  14h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Milan 729 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Lugano

SFr 62 - SFr 110

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Train via Basel  •  6h 59m

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb Tgv
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano Ic21 / ...

SFr 123 - SFr 164

Train, bus  •  15h 56m

  1. Take the train from Paris-Est to Bâle Saint-Jean Zz_2Y
  2. Take the bus from Basel to Lugano

SFr 188 - SFr 326

Drive  •  8h 4m

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Lugano 837.5 km

SFr 100 - SFr 150

Fly Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa, train  •  6h 16m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) CDG - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

SFr 78 - SFr 247

Fly Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  6h 7m

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

SFr 105 - SFr 411

Fly Paris CDG to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 31m

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

SFr 79 - SFr 340

Fly Paris Orly to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 22m

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

SFr 86 - SFr 274

Fly Paris CDG to Zurich, train  •  6h 30m

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

SFr 124 - SFr 369

Fly Paris CDG to Turin, train  •  7h 48m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Turin (TRN) CDG - TRN
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 118 - SFr 567

Paris to Lugano by train

The train journey time between Paris and Lugano is around 9h 15m and covers a distance of around 786 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 8m. Operated by TGV inOui and Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), the Paris to Lugano train service departs from Paris Gare De Lyon and arrives in Lugano. Typically 16 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Paris to Lugano train schedules

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

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The social distance requirement in Lugano is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Lugano is to bus which costs 55€ - 100€ and takes 14h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Lugano is to fly and train which costs 95€ - 380€ and takes 6h 7m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Paris to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Paris and arriving at Lugano via Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 34m.

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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 27m.

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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 27m and costs 140€ - 230€.

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It takes approximately 6h 27m to get from Paris to Lugano, including transfers.

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Paris to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Paris 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 27m and costs 140€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 55€ - 100€ and takes 14h 34m.

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  • Distance: 588.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 27m

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 27m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Paris Bercy to Lugano via Milan in around 14h 34m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 220
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 170
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 110
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 360
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 330
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 340
Flights from Paris CDG to Turin
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 270
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 400
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 430
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 300
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 300
Flights from Paris CDG to Turin via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 460
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 390
Flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 140
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 600
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 4m
Frequency
4 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 4m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 120
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 90 - SFr 110
1st Class
SFr 100 - 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
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 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Paris-Est to Bâle Saint-Jean
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 300
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)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
52 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 21
Base Standard
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Base Premium
SFr 40 - SFr 60
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 10 - SFr 22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 19 - SFr 22
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 11 - SFr 16
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 11 - SFr 16
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 to Milan
Ave. Duration
12h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Milan
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 35
Website
Blablabus
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 35 - SFr 55
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
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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 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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Lufthansa, Air France and easyJet offer flights from Paris CDG Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 715+ 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 5€ - 9€.

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