There are 9 ways to get from Rome (Station) to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the train from Roma Tiburtina to Milano Centrale 9942 / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 50 - SFr 187

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Bus  •  10h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Lugano 1524

SFr 35 - SFr 45

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Train via Bologna  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the train from Roma Tiburtina to Bologna Centrale
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 73 - SFr 116

Drive  •  6h 10m

  1. Drive from Rome (Station) to Lugano 652.2 km

SFr 95 - SFr 140

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  5h 3m

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

SFr 85 - SFr 348

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  5h 20m

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

SFr 81 - SFr 291

Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  5h 37m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) FCO - BGY
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 92 - SFr 416

Fly to Verona, train  •  6h 20m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Verona (VRN) FCO - VRN
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 88 - SFr 482

Fly to Genoa, train  •  7h 5m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Genoa (GOA) FCO - GOA
  2. Take the train from Genova P.Za Principe to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 83 - SFr 397

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rome (Station) to Lugano is to bus which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 10h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome (Station) to Lugano is to train which costs 45€ - 170€ and takes 4h 23m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station station and arriving at Lugano. Services depart three times a day, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 10h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rome (Station) to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Roma Tiburtina and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 23m.

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The distance between Rome (Station) and Lugano is 538 km. The road distance is 652.2 km.

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The best way to get from Rome (Station) to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 4h 23m and costs 45€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 4h 23m to get from Rome (Station) to Lugano, including transfers.

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Rome (Station) to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station.

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Rome (Station) to Lugano train services, operated by ItaloTreno, depart from Roma Tiburtina station.

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The best way to get from Rome (Station) to Lugano is to train which takes 4h 23m and costs 45€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 10h 30m.

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  • Distance: 537.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 23m

What companies run services between Rome (Station), Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Rome (Station) to Lugano via Roma Tiburtina and Milano Centrale in around 4h 23m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rome (Station) to Lugano 3 times a day. Tickets cost SFr 35 - SFr 45 and the journey takes 10h 30m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 1000
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa via Naples
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 1000
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 240
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate via Naples
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 240
Flights from Rome to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 310
Flights from Rome to Verona
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 370
Flights from Rome to Genoa
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 290
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 550
Flights from Rome to Verona
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 700
Meridiana
Website
meridiana.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 750
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 330
Train operators
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Tiburtina to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
Italo Treno
Train from Roma Tiburtina to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Italo Treno
Train from Bologna Centrale to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 25
Website
Italo Treno
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 20
Website
Italo Treno
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 Roma Tiburtina to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 140
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Base Standard
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Base Premium
SFr 90 - SFr 140
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Base Standard
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Base Premium
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
3 times a day
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 Intercity

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 Roma Tiburtina to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 90
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
Super Economy
SFr 20 - SFr 25
Base 2nd Class
SFr 55 - SFr 70
Base 1st Class
SFr 75 - SFr 90
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 35
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
Super Economy
SFr 9 - SFr 12
Base 2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 23
Base 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 33
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
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 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
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 75
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 110
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
1st Class
SFr 75 - SFr 110
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 Genova P.Za Principe to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 19 - SFr 22
Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 28
Website
Thello
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Lugano
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Rome (Station) to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rome (Station) to Lugano is 652 km. It takes approximately 6h 10m to drive from Rome (Station) to Lugano.

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Ethiopian Airlines, Neos, Meridiana and Alitalia offer flights from Rome Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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Book your Rome (Station) to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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