There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Ticino 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. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano 2 / ...

$60 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Lugano Sud

$18 - $20

4 alternative options

Train via Zug  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich Stadelhofen to Zug 5
  2. Take the train from Zug to Lugano 2 / ...

$66 - $116

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lugano 132.6 miles

$27 - $40

Fly to Lugano  •  2 h 33 min

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

$77 - $247

Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  3 h 59 min

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

$90 - $302

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 $60 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 16 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Zürich to Lugano 3 times a week. Tickets cost $18 and the journey takes 3 h.

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
Train from Zürich Stadelhofen to Zug
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zug to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
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
$18
Schedules at
ventrebus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Zürich and Ticino is 116 km. The road distance is 212 km.

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Ticino is to bus which costs SFr 18 - SFr 21 and takes 3 h 39 min.

The quickest way to get from Zürich to Ticino 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.

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.

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