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

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  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

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  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Lugano

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  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Cadenazzo

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  1. Drive from Zürich to Lugano

Zürich to Lugano by train

The train journey time between Zürich and Lugano is around 1h 55m and covers a distance of around 177 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 53m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), the Zürich to Lugano train service departs from Zürich HB and arrives in Lugano. Typically 144 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
1h 55m
Fastest train time:
1h 53m
Train distance:
177 km
Trains per week:
144
Cheapest price:
SFr 55
Carbon emissions:
9 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:33
Last train departs at:
21:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Zürich to Lugano train schedules

Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Zürich to Lugano is to bus, which costs SFr 10 - SFr 15 and takes 4h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Lugano is to train which costs SFr 55 - SFr 110 and takes 1h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zürich and arriving at Lugano. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 15m.

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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 1h 57m.

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The distance between Zürich and Lugano is 154 km. The road distance is 205.5 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 1h 57m and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110.

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The train from Zürich HB to Lugano takes 1h 57m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Zürich to Lugano bus services, operated by Gruppo Di Maio, depart from Zürich station.

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Zürich to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lugano is to train which takes 1h 57m and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 10 - SFr 15 and takes 4h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 154.1 km
  • Duration: 1h 57m

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich HB to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost SFr 55 - SFr 110 and the journey takes 1h 57m. Alternatively, Gruppo Di Maio operates a bus from Zürich to Lugano once daily. Tickets cost SFr 10 - SFr 15 and the journey takes 4h 15m.

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Cadenazzo
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Gruppo Di Maio

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Zürich to Lugano bus services, operated by Gruppo Di Maio, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Lugano is 206 km. It takes approximately 2h 17m to drive from Zürich to Lugano.

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