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There are 4 ways to get from Ventimiglia to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Ventimiglia to Milano Centrale Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 50 - SFr 120

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Train, bus  •  8h 25m

  1. Take the train from Bordighera to Savona Rv / ...
  2. Take the bus from Savona to Lugano 495

SFr 25 - SFr 54

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 40m

  1. Drive from Ventimiglia to Lugano 225.1 miles

SFr 50 - SFr 80

Fly  •  7h 39m

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Lugano (LUG) NCE - LUG

SFr 156 - SFr 343

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The cheapest way to get from Ventimiglia to Lugano is to train and bus which costs 21€ - 50€ and takes 8h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Ventimiglia to Lugano is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Ventimiglia to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Ventimiglia and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 7m.

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The distance between Ventimiglia and Lugano is 269 km. The road distance is 360.2 km.

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The best way to get from Ventimiglia to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5h 7m and costs 40€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 5h 7m to get from Ventimiglia to Lugano, including transfers.

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Ventimiglia to Lugano train services, operated by Thello, depart from Ventimiglia station.

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The best way to get from Ventimiglia to Lugano is to train which takes 5h 7m and costs 40€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs 130€ - 300€ and takes 7h 39m.

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There is no direct flight from Nice Airport to Lugano Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 25m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Ventimiglia to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 168 miles
  • Duration: 5h 7m

What companies run services between Ventimiglia, Liguria, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Ventimiglia to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 5h 7m. Alternatively, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa fly from Ventimiglia to Lugano every 2 hours.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Nice to Lugano via Frankfurt, Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 750
Flights from Nice to Lugano via Munich, Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Nice to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Nice to Lugano via Vienna, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 850
Train operators
Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Ventimiglia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
thello.com
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 Ventimiglia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 30
Website
trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Ventimiglia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bordighera to Savona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 24
Website
trenitalia.com
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 Ventimiglia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 45
Website
trenitalia.com
1st Class
SFr 35 - SFr 45
Train from Bordighera to Savona
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 16
Website
trenitalia.com
1st Class
SFr 13 - 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 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Savona to Lugano
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 29
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Ventimiglia to Lugano is 360 km. It takes approximately 3h 40m to drive from Ventimiglia to Lugano.

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Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Nice Airport to Lugano Airport.

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