There are 4 ways to get from Parma to Lugano by train, bus, night bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Parma to Milano Centrale Fb / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$35 - $54

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Night bus  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the night bus from Parma A1 to Lugano Süd

$30 - $40

2 alternative options

Bus  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Parma to Milan, Malpensa Terminal 2 N526
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 2 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 1 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Parma to Lugano 129.4 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Parma to Lugano is to night bus which costs 25€ - 35€ and takes 3 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Parma to Lugano is to drive which costs 26€ - 40€ and takes 2 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Parma to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Parma and arriving at Lugano, Piazzale Besso via Milan Airport Malpensa 2. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Parma to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Parma and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 8 min.

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The distance between Parma and Lugano is 172 km. The road distance is 207.1 km.

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The best way to get from Parma to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 3 h 8 min and costs 29€ - 50€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 8 min to get from Parma to Lugano, including transfers.

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Parma to Lugano bus services, operated by Calanda Viaggi, depart from Parma A1 station.

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Map of how to get from Parma to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 107.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 8 min

What companies run services between Parma, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Parma to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 3 h 8 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Parma to Lugano via Milan, Malpensa Terminal 2 and Milan Airport Malpensa 2 in around 4 h 40 min.

Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Parma to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Parma to Milan, Malpensa Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $17
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 2 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Calanda Viaggi
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Night bus from Parma A1 to Lugano Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
calandaviaggi.com

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