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

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Train  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$55 - $110

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Bus  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Lugano Sud

$18 - $20

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lugano 132.6 miles

$27 - $40

Fly to Lugano  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$85 - $246

Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP

$97 - $300

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Ticino is to bus which costs SFr 17 - SFr 20 and takes 3 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Ticino is to drive which costs SFr 27 - SFr 40 and takes 2 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Ticino. However, there are services departing from Zürich and arriving at Lugano, Autosilo Balestra via Pambio-Noranco, Posta. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 39 min.

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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 2 h 53 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Ticino is 116 km. The road distance is 212.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Ticino without a car is to train which takes 2 h 53 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110.

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The train from Zürich HB to Lugano takes 2 h 53 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Zürich to Ticino bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, depart from Zürich station.

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Zürich to Ticino 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 Ticino is to train which takes 2 h 53 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 17 - SFr 20 and takes 3 h 39 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 80 - SFr 250 and takes 2 h 37 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Ticino.
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  • Distance: 72.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 53 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost $55 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 53 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Zürich to Lugano 3 times a week. Tickets cost $17 and the journey takes 3 h.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $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
$55 - $110
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.

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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
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Zürich to Lugano Sud
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
ventrebus.com

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Zürich to Ticino bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, arrive at Lugano Sud station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Ticino is 212 km. It takes approximately 2 h 24 min to drive from Zürich to Ticino.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 676+ hotels available in Ticino. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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