There are 3 ways to get from Varenna to Locarno by ferry, bus, train, car ferry 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, bus, line 2 bus, line 50 train, line 20 train  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Take the ferry from Varenna to Menaggio 806 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Croce Piazza Chiesa to Lugano Cassarate C12
  3. Take the line 2 bus from Lugano, Palazzo Studi to Lugano, Stazione 2
  4. Take the line 50 train from Lugano to Giubiasco 50 / ...
  5. Take the line 20 train from Giubiasco to Locarno 20

$28 - $49

Cheapest option

Car ferry, drive  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Varenna to Menaggio Sr26 / ...
  2. Drive from Menaggio to Locarno

$15 - $24

1 alternative option

Train  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Varenna Esino to Monza Re_8
  2. Take the train from Monza to Bellinzona Eurocity / ...

$42 - $84

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Varenna to Locarno is to car ferry and drive which costs 13€ - 21€ and takes 1 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Varenna to Locarno is to car ferry and drive which costs 13€ - 21€ and takes 1 h 30 min.

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The distance between Varenna and Locarno is 42 km.

It takes approximately 3 h 43 min to get from Varenna to Locarno, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Varenna to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Varenna Esino and arriving at Locarno via Monza and Bellinzona. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 53 min.

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What companies run services between Varenna, Italy and Locarno, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Varenna to Locarno via Monza and Bellinzona in around 3 h 53 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 Lugano to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Locarno
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $10
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 Monza to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$22 - $40
First
$45 - $55
Bus operators
ASF Autolinee srl
Phone
031 247 249
Website
asfautolinee.it
Bus from Croce Piazza Chiesa to Lugano Cassarate
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
asfautolinee.it
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Lugano, Palazzo Studi to Lugano, Stazione
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Ferry operators

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