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

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

Bus  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Macugnaga, Pecetto to Piedimulera, stazione 2-Y
  2. Take the bus from Piedimulera to Malpensa Airport T1
  3. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 1 / ...

$62 - $95

Cheapest option

Train  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Zermatt to Brig Bahnhofplatz 31-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART Express / ...

$61 - $141

2 alternative options

Train via Milano Centrale  •  6 h

  1. Take the train from Zermatt to Brig Bahnhofplatz 5-Y
  2. Take the train from Brig to Milano Centrale Ec
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Ec

$87 - $137

Drive  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Zermatt to Lugano 123.2 miles

$25 - $40

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Zermatt to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Zermatt and arriving at Lugano via Brig, Domodossola, Locarno and Giubiasco. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 47 min.

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The distance between Zermatt and Lugano is 93 km. The road distance is 197.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zermatt to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5 h 47 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 23 min to get from Zermatt to Lugano, including transfers.

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Zermatt to Lugano train services, operated by MGB, depart from Zermatt station.

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The best way to get from Zermatt to Lugano is to bus which takes 7 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 5 h 47 min.

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Zermatt to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Locarno FART station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zermatt to Lugano is 197 km. It takes approximately 3 h 2 min to drive from Zermatt to Lugano.

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There are 3606+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Zermatt to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 58.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 23 min

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

You can take a bus from Zermatt to Lugano via Macugnaga, Pecetto, Piedimulera, stazione, Piedimulera, Malpensa Airport T1, and Milan Airport Malpensa 1 in around 7 h 23 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zermatt to Lugano via Brig Bahnhofplatz, Brig, Domodossola, Locarno FART, Locarno, and Giubiasco in around 5 h 47 min.

Train operators
MGB
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Train from Zermatt to Brig Bahnhofplatz
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$26 - $31
1st Class Ticket
$45 - $55
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 Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Brig to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Brig to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Macugnaga, Pecetto to Piedimulera, stazione
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from Piedimulera to Malpensa Aeroporto, terminal 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Autoservizi Comazzi srl
Phone
0322 844 862
Email
comazzi@comazzibus.com
Website
comazzibus.com
Bus from Piedimulera to Malpensa Airport T1
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Schedules at
comazzibus.com
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
$20 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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