There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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

Train  •  2 h 16 min

  1. 2 / ...

$60 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2 h 30 min

  1. 401

$12 - $23

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. 132.6 miles

$27 - $40

Fly to Lugano  •  2 h 33 min

  1. ZRH - LUG

$77 - $247

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  3 h 59 min

  1. ZRH - MXP

$94 - $307

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 16 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Lugano once daily. Tickets cost $12 - $20 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Autolinee Gambioli also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Zürich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
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
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Zürich and Lugano is 154 km. The road distance is 212 km.

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 12 - SFr 23 and takes 2 h 30 min.

The quickest way to get from Zürich to Lugano is to train which takes 2 h 16 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Lugano. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 16 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Lugano. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 30 min.

The train from Zürich HB to Lugano takes 2 h 16 min including transfers and departs hourly.