There are 9 ways to get from Zagreb to Lugano by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly to Lugano  •  4h 49m

  1. Fly from Zagreb (ZAG) to Lugano (LUG) ZAG - LUG

SFr 143 - SFr 447

Cheapest option

Bus via Venice  •  13h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Zagreb to Venice, Venice Mestre 427 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Venice, Venice Mestre to Lugano 401

SFr 42 - SFr 51

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  3h 57m

  1. Fly from Zagreb (ZAG) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZAG - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

SFr 150 - SFr 347

Fly to Zurich, train  •  4h 47m

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

SFr 171 - SFr 459

Bus  •  10h

  1. Take the bus from Zagreb to Lugano

SFr 40 - SFr 60

Train, bus  •  10h 49m

  1. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Ljubljana Ec / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ljubljana to Trieste 907 / ...
  3. Take the train from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre Re / ...
  4. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  5. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 76 - SFr 289

Train  •  12h 3m

  1. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Villach Hbf Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Villach Hbf to Venezia Mestre Rj
  3. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 100 - SFr 281

Train, night train  •  14h 3m

  1. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Villach Hbf Ec / ...
  2. Take the night train from Villach Hbf to Milano Centrale Nj
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 85 - SFr 136

Drive  •  6h 40m

  1. Drive from Zagreb to Lugano 700.9 km

SFr 90 - SFr 130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zagreb to Lugano is to bus via Venice which costs 280 kn - 350 kn and takes 13h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Zagreb to Lugano is to fly and train which costs 1.000 kn - 2.400 kn and takes 3h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zagreb and arriving at Lugano. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h.

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No, there is no direct train from Zagreb to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Zagreb Glavni Kol. and arriving at Lugano via Villach Hbf, Venezia Mestre and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 3m.

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The distance between Zagreb and Lugano is 543 km. The road distance is 700.9 km.

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The best way to get from Zagreb to Lugano without a car is to bus which takes 10h and costs 290 kn - 410 kn.

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It takes approximately 4h 49m to get from Zagreb to Lugano, including transfers.

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Zagreb to Lugano bus services, operated by Croatia Bus International, depart from Zagreb station.

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Zagreb to Lugano train services, operated by Croatian Railways (HŽPP), depart from Zagreb Glavni Kol. station.

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The best way to get from Zagreb to Lugano is to fly which takes 4h 49m and costs 950 kn - 3.100 kn. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 290 kn - 410 kn and takes 10h, you could also train, which costs 650 kn - 2.000 kn and takes 12h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Zagreb to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 543.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 49m

What companies run services between Zagreb, Croatia and Lugano, Switzerland?

Swiss, Croatia Airlines and three other airlines fly from Zagreb to Lugano every 4 hours. Alternatively, Croatia Bus International operates a bus from Zagreb to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost SFr 40 - SFr 60 and the journey takes 10h. Eurolines CH also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zagreb to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 460
Flights from Zagreb to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 850
Flights from Zagreb to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zagreb to Lugano via Munich, Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Flights from Zagreb to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 650
Flights from Zagreb to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 700
Flights from Zagreb to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 850
Flights from Zagreb to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zagreb to Lugano via Vienna, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Zagreb to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 650
Flights from Zagreb to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 650
Flights from Zagreb to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 850
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Zagreb to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 850
Flights from Zagreb to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Zagreb to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 470
Korean Air
Website
koreanair.com
Flights from Zagreb to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 420
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 Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Croatian Railways (HŽPP)
Phone
+385 1 3782 583
Email
informacije@hzpp.hr
Website
hzpp.hr
Train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 13
Website
Croatian Railways (HŽPP)
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Croatia Rail Pass
Train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Villach Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 21
Website
Croatian Railways (HŽPP)
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Croatia Rail Pass
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 17
Website
Nightjet
Train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Villach Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 28
Website
Nightjet
Night train from Villach Hbf to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
7h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Website
Nightjet
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
Train from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
SFr 20 - SFr 22
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 60
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 15 - SFr 21
Base Standard
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Base Premium
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Train from Venezia Mestre to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 23 - SFr 35
Base Standard
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Base Premium
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 35
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
Super Economy
SFr 9 - SFr 12
Base 2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 23
Base 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 34
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Mestre to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 29
Website
Italo Treno
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 Venezia Mestre to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 150
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 60 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 150
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 75
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Railjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Villach Hbf to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
Railjet
Bus operators
Croatia Bus International
Phone
+385 1 6113 073
Email
info@croatiabus.hr
Website
croatiabus.getbybus.com
Bus from Zagreb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Schedules at
croatiabus.hr
Bus from Ljubljana to Trieste
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Schedules at
croatiabus.hr
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zagreb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
10h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Book at
eurolines.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Ljubljana to Trieste
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zagreb to Venice, Venice Mestre
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Venice, Venice Mestre to Lugano
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Nomago
Phone
+386 1 431 77 00
Email
info@nomago.si
Website
nomago.si
Bus from Ljubljana Central Bus Station Postaja to Trieste Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 11
Book at
Nomago
Crnja Tours
Phone
+385 91 30 30 356
Email
info@crnja-tours.hr
Website
crnja-tours.hr
Bus from Ljubljana Central Bus Station Postaja to Trieste Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 10
Website
Crnja Tours
Eurolines CZ
Email
info@eurolines.cz
Website
elines.cz
Bus from Mestre to Lugano
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 30
Schedules at
elines.cz

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There is no direct flight from Zagreb Airport to Lugano Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 50m and has one stopover.

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Zagreb to Lugano bus services, operated by Croatia Bus International, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zagreb to Lugano is 701 km. It takes approximately 6h 40m to drive from Zagreb to Lugano.

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Korean Air, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Zagreb Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 4512+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 76 per night.

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The best way to get from Zagreb to Zagreb Airport is to taxi which takes 19 min and costs 220 kn - 270 kn.

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