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

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Ferry, line 421 bus, line 60 train  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Take the ferry from Stresa to Luino 230 / ...
  2. Take the line 421 bus from Luino, Pzza. della Libertà to Ponte Tresa, Stazione 421
  3. Take the line 60 train from Ponte Tresa to Lugano FLP 60

$26 - $42

Cheapest option

Train, line 50 train  •  3 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Stresa to Gallarate Reg / ...
  2. Take the line 50 train from Arcisate to Lugano 50

$24 - $50

2 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Stresa to Milano Centrale Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$36 - $48

Drive  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Stresa to Lugano 63.4 miles

$13 - $20

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The cheapest way to get from Stresa to Lugano is to drive which costs 11€ - 17€ and takes 1 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Stresa to Lugano is to drive which costs 11€ - 17€ and takes 1 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Stresa to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Stresa and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 1 min.

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The distance between Stresa and Lugano is 35 km. The road distance is 101.5 km.

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The best way to get from Stresa to Lugano without a car is to ferry and line 421 bus and line 60 train which takes 2 h 54 min and costs 22€ - 40€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 54 min to get from Stresa to Lugano, including transfers.

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Stresa to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Stresa station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Stresa to Lugano is 102 km. It takes approximately 1 h 15 min to drive from Stresa to Lugano.

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  • Distance: 22.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 54 min

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

You can take a train from Stresa to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 3 h 1 min.

Train operators
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 Ponte Tresa to Lugano FLP
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Arcisate to Lugano
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $29
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 Stresa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$9 - $20
First
$11 - $28
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
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 Stresa to Gallarate
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $9
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$7 - $9
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Luino, Pzza. della Libertà to Ponte Tresa, Stazione
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Ferry operators

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