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There are 8 ways to get from Rome to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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

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Train ItaloTreno  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station Rm-Mi / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$69 - $133

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Bus  •  9 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Rom Anagnina to Lugano Süd

$52 - $67

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Train via Pisa Centrale  •  10 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Pisa Centrale Rv / ...
  2. Take the train from Pisa Centrale to Milano Centrale Fb / ...
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Ec

$72 - $145

Drive  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Lugano 408.8 miles

$95 - $150

Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FCO - MXP

$76 - $306

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  5 h 36 min

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

$79 - $250

Fly to Verona, train  •  6 h 34 min

  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

$85 - $363

Fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Zurich (ZRH) FCO - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$122 - $435

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Lugano is to bus which costs 45€ - 60€ and takes 9 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Lugano is to train which costs 60€ - 120€ and takes 5 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Termini and arriving at Lugano Süd via Rom Anagnina. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rome station to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini Station and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 1 min.

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The distance between Rome and Lugano is 538 km. The road distance is 654 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5 h 1 min and costs 60€ - 120€.

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

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Rome to Lugano bus services, operated by Calanda Viaggi, depart from Rom Anagnina station.

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Rome to Lugano train services, operated by ItaloTreno, arrive at Roma Termini Station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Lugano is to train which takes 5 h 1 min and costs 60€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 60€ and takes 9 h 39 min, you could also fly, which costs 65€ - 270€ and takes 5 h 2 min.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 335.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

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

You can take a train from Rome to Lugano via Milano Centrale Station and Milano Centrale in around 5 h 1 min. Alternatively, Calanda Viaggi operates a bus from Rome to Lugano 4 times a week. Tickets cost $50 - $65 and the journey takes 8 h 5 min.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,000
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate via Naples
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Flights from Rome to Verona
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $370
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Meridiana
Website
meridiana.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Flights from Rome to Verona
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Rome to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Rome to Verona
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $370
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Rome to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Rome to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $550
Train operators
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Verona Porta Nuova Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
italotreno.it
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 Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Pisa Centrale to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
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
$25 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Roma Termini to Pisa Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$40 - $55
Train from Pisa C.Le to Milano C.Le
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$35 - $50
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 Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Calanda Viaggi
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Bus from Rom Anagnina to Lugano Süd
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Schedules at
calandaviaggi.com

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

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Rome to Lugano bus services, operated by Calanda Viaggi, arrive at Lugano Süd station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Lugano is 654 km. It takes approximately 6 h 15 min to drive from Rome to Lugano.

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Neos, Ethiopian Airlines, Swiss and two other airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 3607+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs 10€ - 15€.

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