There are 8 ways to get from Vienna to Lugano by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) VIE - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$103 - $251

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Bus FlixBus  •  15 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Vienna, Vienna Erdberg to Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo N468
  2. Take the bus from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo to Lugano 414 / ...

$60 - $101

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Zurich (ZRH) VIE - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$143 - $383

Fly to Basel, train  •  8 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Basel (BSL) VIE - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano

$186 - $478

Train  •  11 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Feldkirch Rj
  2. Take the train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB Rj / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano 2 / ...

$179 - $306

Bus RegioJet  •  12 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Vienna, Hbf to Venice Mestre, St. di autobus RegioJet
  2. Take the bus from Mestre to Lugano - P&R Fornaci

$75 - $100

Night train, train  •  15 h 51 min

  1. Take the night train from Wien HBF to Milano Centrale En / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$87 - $185

Drive  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Vienna to Lugano 527.4 miles

$110 - $160

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No, there is no direct bus from Vienna to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Vienna, Hbf and arriving at Lugano - P&R Fornaci via Mestre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Vienna to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Wien Hbf and arriving at Lugano via Feldkirch and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 37 min.

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The distance between Vienna and Lugano is 612 km. The road distance is 843.9 km.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 11 h 37 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 36 min to get from Vienna to Lugano, including transfers.

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Vienna to Lugano bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Vienna, Hbf station.

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Vienna to Lugano train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Wien Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Lugano is to train which takes 11 h 37 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12 h 8 min.

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The quickest flight from Vienna Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Vienna to Lugano bus services, operated by Domo Reisen, arrive at Lugano - P&R Fornaci station.

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Map of how to get from Vienna to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 382.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 36 min

What companies run services between Vienna, Austria and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Vienna to Lugano via Feldkirch and Zürich HB in around 11 h 37 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Vienna to Lugano via Venice Mestre, St. di autobus and Mestre in around 12 h 8 min.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Vienna to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Vienna to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Vienna to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Vienna to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Vienna to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Vienna to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Flights from Vienna to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $850
Flights from Vienna to Basel via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $850
Flights from Vienna to Basel via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $850
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Vienna to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$22 - $140
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Vienna to Milan Malpensa via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$90 - $350
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Vienna to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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 Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $75
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 Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Feldkirch
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Night train from Wien Hbf to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
13 h 47 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.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
Night train from Wien HBF to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
13 h 49 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $130
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$100 - $130
Bus operators
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
$20 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Vienna, Hbf to Venice Mestre, St. di autobus
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
regiojet.com
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Mestre to Lugano - P&R Fornaci
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Vienna, Vienna Erdberg to Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo
Ave. Duration
11 h 10 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Vienna to Lugano is 844 km. It takes approximately 8 h 34 min to drive from Vienna to Lugano.

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Wizz Air, easyJet, Swiss and three other airlines offer flights from Vienna Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 3606+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Vienna Airport is to train which takes 16 min and costs .

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