There are 7 ways to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly to Lugano  •  1 h 24 min

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

$75 - $227

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Bus FlixBus  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich, Zurich Airport to Lugano K188

$23 - $40

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$95 - $282

Train  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano 2 / ...

$63 - $130

Bus Autolinee Gambioli  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Lugano

$28 - $46

Night train  •  4 h 13 min

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

$64 - $116

Drive  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano 140.9 miles

$29 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 28 - SFr 45 and takes 2 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano is to fly which costs SFr 70 - SFr 220 and takes 1 h 24 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich, Zurich Airport and arriving at Lugano. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Zürich Flughafen and arriving at Lugano via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 52 min.

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The distance between Zurich Airport (ZRH) and Lugano is 163 km. The road distance is 225.4 km.

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The best way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 2 h 52 min and costs SFr 60 - SFr 130.

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It takes approximately 1 h 24 min to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano, including transfers.

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Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich, Zurich Airport station.

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Zurich Airport (ZRH) 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 Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano is to fly which takes 1 h 24 min and costs SFr 70 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 130 and takes 2 h 52 min, you could also bus, which costs SFr 26 - SFr 45 and takes 3 h 56 min.

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Map of how to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 101.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 24 min

What companies run services between Zurich Airport (ZRH), Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

Swiss flies from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano 4 times a day. Alternatively, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 16 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 3 hours.

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)

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 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $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.

Contact Details
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
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
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Zürich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich, Zurich Airport to Lugano
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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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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Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano is 225 km. It takes approximately 2 h 31 min to drive from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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Book your Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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