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There are 4 ways to get from Varese to Lugano by train, rideshare or car

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Train, line 50 train  •  53 min

  1. Take the train from Varese to Mendrisio S40 / ...
  2. Take the line 50 train from Mendrisio to Lugano 50 / ...

$17 - $29

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Rideshare  •  50 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Varese to Lugano 23.8 miles

$3

2 alternative options

Line 50 train  •  1 h 19 min

  1. Take the line 50 train from Arcisate to Lugano 50

$19 - $32

Drive  •  33 min

  1. Drive from Varese to Lugano 23.8 miles

$5 - $8

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Varese to Lugano is to rideshare which costs 3€ and takes 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Varese to Lugano is to drive which costs 4€ - 7€ and takes 33 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Varese to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Varese and arriving at Lugano via Mendrisio. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 53 min.

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The distance between Varese and Lugano is 24 km. The road distance is 38 km.

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The best way to get from Varese to Lugano without a car is to train and line 50 train which takes 53 min and costs 14€ - 26€.

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It takes approximately 53 min to get from Varese to Lugano, including transfers.

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Varese to Lugano train services, operated by Trenord, depart from Varese station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Varese to Lugano is 38 km. It takes approximately 33 min to drive from Varese to Lugano.

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There are 3305+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Varese to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 14.7 miles
  • Duration: 53 min

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

You can take a train from Varese to Lugano via Mendrisio in around 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 Mendrisio to Lugano
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $23
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
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Varese to Lugano
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Varese and Lugano. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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