There are 5 ways to get from Stresa to Lugano by ferry, bus, train or car

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

Recommended option

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 43 min

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

$24 - $50

3 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 3 min

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

$36 - $48

Bus  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Gravellona Toce to Malpensa Airport T1
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 1 / ...

$29 - $47

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Stresa to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Stresa and arriving at Lugano, Piazzale Besso via Gravellona Toce and Milan Airport Malpensa 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 56 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 3 min.

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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 3 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Stresa to Lugano via Gravellona Toce, Malpensa Airport T1, and Milan Airport Malpensa 1 in around 3 h 56 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
$10 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$10 - $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
$39
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
Autoservizi Comazzi srl
Phone
0322 844 862
Email
comazzi@comazzibus.com
Website
comazzibus.com
Bus from Gravellona Toce to Malpensa Airport T1
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $17
Schedules at
comazzibus.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
Ferry operators

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