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

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Bus  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Silvaplana, Kreisel Mitte to Cassarate, Lago 631

$56 - $84

Cheapest option

Train  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Surovas to Tirano 1-Y
  2. Take the train from Tirano to Monza
  3. Take the train from Monza to Lugano Ec

$51 - $118

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Samedan to Thusis 7-Y / ...
  2. Take the bus from Thusis, Bahnhof to Bellinzona, Stazione 171

$83 - $146

Drive  •  2 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Pontresina to Lugano 86.3 miles

$18 - $26

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The cheapest way to get from Pontresina to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 18 - SFr 26 and takes 2 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Pontresina to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 18 - SFr 26 and takes 2 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Pontresina to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Pontresina, Punt Ota Sur and arriving at Cassarate, Lago via Silvaplana, Kreisel Mitte. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Pontresina to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Surovas and arriving at Lugano via Tirano and Monza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 21 min.

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The distance between Pontresina and Lugano is 90 km. The road distance is 138.1 km.

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The best way to get from Pontresina to Lugano without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 1 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 85.

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It takes approximately 5 h 1 min to get from Pontresina to Lugano, including transfers.

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Pontresina to Lugano bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, depart from Silvaplana, Kreisel Mitte station.

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Pontresina to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Surovas station.

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The best way to get from Pontresina to Lugano is to bus which takes 5 h 1 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 85. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 50 - SFr 120 and takes 7 h 21 min.

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Map of how to get from Pontresina to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 56.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

What companies run services between Pontresina, Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

Swiss PostAuto operates a bus from Pontresina to Lugano 3 times a week. Tickets cost $50 - $75 and the journey takes 3 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Pontresina to Lugano via Tirano and Monza in around 7 h 21 min.

Train operators
Rhätische Bahn
Phone
+41 81 288 65 65
Website
rhb.ch
Train from Samedan to Thusis
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $31
Schedules at
rhb.ch
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rhb.ch
Train from Surovas to Tirano
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Schedules at
rhb.ch
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rhb.ch
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Samedan to Thusis
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Surovas to Tirano
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Monza to Lugano
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Silvaplana, Kreisel Mitte to Cassarate, Lago
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from Thusis, Bahnhof to Bellinzona, Stazione
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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Pontresina to Lugano bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, arrive at Cassarate, Lago station.

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Pontresina to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Pontresina to Lugano is 138 km. It takes approximately 2 h 39 min to drive from Pontresina to Lugano.

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