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There are 4 ways to get from Turin to Lugano by train, bus, car or shuttle

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Train  •  2h 29m

  1. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Re / ...

SFr 40 - SFr 113

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Shuttle, bus  •  4h 10m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Torino Porta Susa to Milan Malpensa Airport Torino
  2. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport Terminal 2 Parking 5 to Lugano Piazzale Besso Malpensa airport terminal 1 - Arbedo-Castione Via Stazione / ...

SFr 39 - SFr 69

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Bus  •  3h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Torino Corso Giulio Cesare to Malpensa Airport - Terminal 1
  2. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso Malpensa airport terminal 1 - Arbedo-Castione Via Stazione / ...

SFr 44 - SFr 67

Drive  •  1h 58m

  1. Drive from Turin to Lugano 194.9 km

SFr 26 - SFr 40

Turin to Lugano by train

The train journey time between Turin and Lugano is around 3h 41m and covers a distance of around 217 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 18m. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce, Trenitalia, Trenitalia Intercity and others, the Turin to Lugano train service departs from Torino Porta Susa and arrives in Lugano. Typically 74 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Turin to Lugano train schedules

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  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lugano is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lugano is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lugano is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Italy from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Turin to Lugano is to drive, which costs 24€ - 35€ and takes 1h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Turin to Lugano is to drive which costs 24€ - 35€ and takes 1h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Turin to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Torino Corso Giulio Cesare and arriving at Lugano Piazzale Besso via Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 59m.

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No, there is no direct train from Turin to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Torino Porta Susa and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 29m.

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The distance between Turin and Lugano is 144 km. The road distance is 194.9 km.

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The best way to get from Turin to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 2h 29m and costs 35€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 2h 29m to get from Turin to Lugano, including transfers.

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Turin to Lugano bus services, operated by Autostradale, depart from Torino Corso Giulio Cesare station.

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Turin to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Torino Porta Susa station.

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The best way to get from Turin to Lugano is to train which takes 2h 29m and costs 35€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3h 59m.

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  • Distance: 144 km
  • Duration: 2h 29m

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

You can take a train from Turin to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 2h 29m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Turin to Lugano via Malpensa Airport - Terminal 1 and Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 in around 3h 59m.

Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
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Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 21
Base Standard
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Base Premium
SFr 40 - SFr 60
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 Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 22
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Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 19 - SFr 22
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 16
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Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
SFr 11 - SFr 16
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
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Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Torino Corso Giulio Cesare to Malpensa Airport - Terminal 1
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 22
Website
Autostradale
Website
Autostradale
Giosy Tours
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 45
Website
Giosy Tours
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport Terminal 2 Parking 5 to Lugano Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 45
Website
Giosy Tours

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Turin to Lugano bus services, operated by Giosy Tours, arrive at Lugano Piazzale Besso station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Turin to Lugano is 195 km. It takes approximately 1h 58m to drive from Turin to Lugano.

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