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Recommended option

Train  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to Zürich HB Rj / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano 2 / ...

$138 - $245

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Salzburg to Munich, Munich central bus station 086
  2. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Lugano 076

$34 - $59

7 alternative options

Bus Eurolines CH  •  11 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Salzburg to Sankt Gallen
  2. Take the bus from St. Gallen to Lugano Sud

$57 - $62

Night train, train  •  13 h 16 min

  1. Take the night train from Salzburg Hbf. to Milano Centrale En
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$75 - $146

Drive  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Salzburg to Lugano 356.4 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Salzburg to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Salzburg (SZG) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) SZG - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$138 - $320

Train to Munich, fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Zurich (ZRH) MUC - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$191 - $492

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$160 - $381

Train to Munich, fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) MUC - MXP
  3. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$99 - $211

What companies run services between Salzburg, Austria and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Salzburg to Lugano via Zürich HB in around 8 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Salzburg to Lugano via Munich, Munich central bus station in around 10 h 20 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $150
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,800
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $950
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)
Website
oebb.at
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
EuroNight
Website
cd.cz
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
cd.cz
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
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
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Night train from Salzburg Hbf. to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
11 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$85 - $110
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Salzburg to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Lugano
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Salzburg to Sankt Gallen
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Book at
eurolines.ch
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from St. Gallen to Lugano Sud
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Salzburg and Lugano is 368 km. The road distance is 570 km.

The cheapest way to get from Salzburg to Lugano is to bus which costs 28€ - 50€ and takes 10 h 20 min.

The quickest way to get from Salzburg to Lugano is to drive which takes 5 h 54 min and costs 60€ - 95€.

No, there is no direct train from Salzburg to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Salzburg Hbf and arriving at Lugano via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 5 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Salzburg to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Salzburg and arriving at Lugano via Munich, Munich central bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 20 min.

It takes approximately 8 h 5 min to get from Salzburg to Lugano, including transfers.