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There are 12 ways to get from Salzburg to Lugano by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train Austrian Railways (ÖBB)  •  8 h 38 min

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

$136 - $243

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Bus  •  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

$32 - $59

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Train Trenitalia  •  13 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf. to Brescia En
  2. Take the train from Brescia to Lugano Ec

$72 - $131

Night train, train  •  13 h 10 min

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

$84 - $134

Train, drive  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to Landeck-Zams Rj
  2. Drive from Landeck-Zams to Lugano

$71 - $116

Drive  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Salzburg to Lugano 356.4 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Salzburg to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  7 h 17 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

$137 - $320

Train to Munich, fly to Zurich, train  •  8 h 22 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

$197 - $491

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano  •  8 h 5 min

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

$165 - $380

Train to Munich, fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  7 h 58 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

$97 - $210

Train to Munich, fly to Basel, train  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Basel (BSL) MUC - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano

$190 - $457

Train to Munich, fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  9 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) MUC - BGY
  3. Take the train from Monza to Lugano

$157 - $493

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The cheapest way to get from Salzburg to Lugano is to bus which costs 28€ - 55€ and takes 10 h 20 min.

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

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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.

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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 38 min.

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The distance between Salzburg and Lugano is 368 km. The road distance is 570.2 km.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 8 h 38 min and costs 110€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 38 min to get from Salzburg to Lugano, including transfers.

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Salzburg to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Salzburg station.

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Salzburg to Lugano train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Salzburg Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Lugano is to train which takes 8 h 38 min and costs 110€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 28€ - 55€ and takes 10 h 20 min.

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Map of how to get from Salzburg to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 230.3 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 38 min

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 38 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 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 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
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Munich to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,400
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
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via London Luton
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Munich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $150
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
BMI Regional
Website
flybmi.com
Flights from Munich to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Salzburg to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
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)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Night train from Salzburg Hbf to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Landeck-Zams
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
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 Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Brescia to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Monza to Lugano
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $26
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$24 - $26
First
$35
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 Salzburg Hbf. to Brescia
Ave. Duration
9 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$70 - $90
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 Salzburg to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
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
$24 - $45
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 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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There is no direct flight from Salzburg Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Salzburg to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Salzburg to Lugano is 570 km. It takes approximately 5 h 54 min to drive from Salzburg to Lugano.

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Transavia Holland, KLM, easyJet and three other airlines offer flights from Salzburg Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 3458+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Salzburg Airport is to line 2 shuttle which takes 7 min and costs .

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