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Train Information to Lugano from Milan

distanceDistance38 miles (62 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 18 min
priceAverage train ticket price$24 (€20)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersTrenitalia

Trains from Milan to Lugano cover the 38 miles (62 km) long route taking on average 1 h 18 min with our travel partners like Trenitalia. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $20 (€17), but the average price of train tickets is $24 (€20). Travelers depart most frequently from Milano Centrale and arrive in Lugano, Stazione.

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Trenitalia between Milan and Lugano

Find the best trains between Milan and Lugano with Omio's travel partners Trenitalia from $20 (€17). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Trenitalia

Trenitalia train tickets from Milan to Lugano are available on Omio for as little as $20 (€17). Trenitalia is Italy’s national train company with a huge fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and speed at which they travel. The company's flagship trains are the high-speed Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca. Trenitalia also operates trains such as the Eurocity (EC), Euronotte (EN), InterCity (IC), InterCitynotte (ICN), as well as the Regionale Veloce (RV), Regionale (R), Suburbano (S) and Metropolitano (M). Bathrooms and WiFi access are standard on long-distance train routes. In most cases, the trains also provide barrier-free access.

Trenitalia offers three different ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Base, Economy, Super Economy and Ordinaria tickets. Trenitalia also has discount and loyalty cards for qualified travelers, which you can use on Omio. When traveling on a Trenitalia train between Milan and Lugano, you can expect to travel 38 miles (62 km). Check Trenitalia’s train schedules and tickets for the Milan to Lugano journey and book your cheap ticket on Omio today!

  • Average Price: $20

Please follow the recommendations outlined by Trenitalia when booking your train tickets from Milan to Lugano due to the coronavirus:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Refund or voucher policy
  • In the case of Trenitalia cancellations, the customer will be contacted directly. If the customer does not intend to travel, they can still obtain a full refund by submitting a cancellation request (relevant special conditions might apply) by filling in a request form for an electronic credit here: https://reclami-e-suggerimenti.trenitalia.com/rimborsi/en/Anagrafica.aspx
  • Alternatively, the customer can request a refund for the payment method they used at the time of purchase by contacting a Trenitalia ticket office and presenting the communication received. Find the refund request form for regional trains here: https://www.trenitalia.com/content/dam/tcom/allegati/trenitalia/in_regione/Modulo_Indennit%C3%A0_Rimborsi_Coronavirus_posta_mail.pdf.
  • For further information and cancellation procedures go to the Trenitalia website: https://www.trenitalia.com/en/info_contacts/refund-for-journey-cancellation.html Or in Italian here: https://www.trenitalia.com/it/informazioni/rimborso-per-rinuncia-al-viaggio-febbraio-2020.html

Trains from Milan to Lugano

Trains from Milan to Lugano typically depart twice a day, except for Sundays, when there’s usually only one departure. This means there’s 13 trains per week. The journey is about 38 miles (62 km) and takes between 2h 30min and 3h. There are no direct trains between Milan and Lugano so you can expect one or two changes along the way. When you arrive in Lugano, Switzerland, there are many attractions waiting for you, such as the beautiful Lake Lugano and Villa Carlotta.

Milan to Lugano Train Time: Daily Departures

There are only two trains from Milan to Lugano per day, and only one on Sundays. These trains, all operated by Trenitalia, typically leave in the morning. The first train of the day leaves around 5:40 a.m. and the last train leaves around 6:30 a.m. There are no direct trains from Milan to Lugano, so you can expect one or two changes in Monzo and Chiasso.

How long is the journey by train from Milan to Lugano?

Trains from Milan to Lugano usually take between 2h 30min and 3h to reach their final destination. There are no direct trains from Milan to Lugano, so your journey will have either one or two changes. If you choose the route with only one change, you’ll transfer trains in Chiasso. If you choose the route with two changes, you’ll transfer in both Monzo and Chiasso before reaching Lugano.

What is/are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Milan to Lugano?

Departure train station: All trains from Milan to Lugano will depart from Milan Porta Garibaldi station. This train station is located 1.55 miles (2.5 km) from the city center and can easily be reached on foot from the center within about 30min. Alternatively, you can take the subway from the center, which takes a little less than 15min. Milan Porta Garibaldi has many amenities to offer travelers, such as free wifi, several shops and restaurants, and public restrooms.

Arrival train station: All trains along this route will arrive into Lugano Stazione, which is the city’s main train station. The station is located super close to the city center. You can walk there within about 6min, or you can take bus 4 to reach it in 12min. The Lugano station offers free wifi to travelers, as well as shops, restaurants, and a medical center. There are also disability services and public restrooms available here.

Which train companies travel from Milan to Lugano?

The only train company offering service between Milan and Lugano is Trenitalia, Italy’s main train service company. However, when you change trains, you may board one operated by SBB, the Swiss train provider working in tandem with Trenitalia.

Trenitalia trains from Milan to Lugano

Trenitalia currently offers two departures per day from Milan to Lugano, except on Sundays, when it only offers one. There are no direct trains on this route and you will have one or two changes as a result, usually in Monzo and Chiasso. When you change trains in Chiasso, you will likely board an SBB train for the second part of your journey as you will have already entered Switzerland. Trenitalia offers high-speed train service on Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca trains that can travel at 186 mph (300 km/h). Trenitalia offers three types of tickets: Base, Economy, and Super Economy or Ordinaria tickets. SBB trains offer similar amenities.

Train Milan to Lugano: Services on Board

Trenitalia provides many services on board for travelers taking their high-speed trains from Milan to Lugano. The amenities available to you will depend on which seating class and type of ticket you choose to book. If you’re in Standard seating, you’ll have access to free wifi, tables with bistro table service, charging outlets, and access to an entertainment portal. One step up in Premium class, you’ll have access to all those amenities as well as larger seats, complimentary newspapers and a welcome drink. Business class has access to all of the above, plus more leg room, table service, and higher quality products. And finally, Executive class passengers have access to everything we’ve already mentioned, plus access to the Freccia Club, a private meeting room, and swiveling chairs. All luggage is free to travel on Trenitalia trains as long as it fits reasonably. You can bring your bike on the train for free as long as it is disassembled and fits in a small space. However, you can place assembled bikes in the special bicycle car for a small fee. Cats and other small animals can be taken on the train for free provided they stay in their crate during the journey. Dogs are allowed for a small additional fee as long as they are muzzled and leashed. This rule does not apply to guide dogs. Trenitalia also offers services and assistance for disabled people upon request. SBB also provides free wifi to all passengers on-board as well as a refreshment service. The luggage and pet policies are also the same since you may be boarding an SBB train simply for a connection.

How to find cheap train tickets from Milan to Lugano?

There are a few ways to find cheap train tickets from Milan to Lugano. First, be sure to book as far in advance as possible. Train tickets for this route typically go on sale a few months in advance and prices tend to rise as the departure date gets closer. It also helps to be flexible with your travel dates and try not to travel during rush hour. The faster trains also tend to be more expensive, so if you’re really on a budget, consider taking a slower train or the route with more connections. Of the ticket types offered by Trenitalia, the cheapest will be Super Economy, although this will give you less flexibility to change your ticket. Standard seating will also be the cheapest of the ticket classes offered. You can also check to see if you are eligible for any family or group discounts during your travel.

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FAQs
Is cross-border travel by train between Milan, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland allowed?

Travel between Milan, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter Switzerland from Italy?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland from Milan?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What are the safety rules to follow in Lugano, Switzerland?

All travelers in Switzerland must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 11/29/21. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Milan and Lugano as this information can change.

Do I need to quarantine when I return to Italy from Lugano, Switzerland?

Return travel from Switzerland to Italy is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Milan from Lugano?

Entry into Italy is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Italy from Lugano?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Milan, Italy?

The government of Italy has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

Last checked on 12/4/21. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Milan from Lugano.

How much do cheap train tickets from Milan to Lugano cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Milan to Lugano trains for as little as $20 (€17)  in the next 7 days.
How much does it cost to take a train between Milan and Lugano?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $24 (€20)  for a train ticket to Lugano from Milan.
How far is it from Milan to Lugano by train?
The train distance from Milan to Lugano is around 38 miles (62 km).
What is the Milan to Lugano train travel time?
On average the Milan to Lugano train travel time is 1 h 18 min  for the 38 miles (62 km) long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
Which train station from Milan to Lugano do I depart from? Which Lugano train station from Milan do I arrive in?

There are a few train stations in Milan to start your route from including Milano Centrale, Milano Rogoredo and Milano Porta Garibaldi. In Lugano you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Lugano, Stazione, Lugano and Lugano FLP.

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Milano Centrale   and arrive in Lugano, Stazione.

Where is the Milan train station located? Where is the Lugano train station located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called Milano Centrale, is located 1.7 miles (2.8 km) from the city center of Milan.

The most popular arrival train station, Lugano, Stazione, is located 0.2 miles (328 m) away from the city center of Lugano.

Which train providers can take me from Milan to Lugano?
When taking a train from Milan to Lugano, you can count on Trenitalia for the best way to get you to Lugano. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between Milan and Lugano and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many trains are there from Milan to Lugano a day?
On average, there are 16 trains a day from Milan to Lugano. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When does the first train depart from Milan to Lugano? When does the last train depart from Milan to Lugano?
The earliest train departing from Milan to Lugano leaves at 6: 10 AM. The last train departing from Milan to Lugano leaves at 6: 10 PM. You can find the latest Milan to Lugano train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
How early should I purchase train tickets between Milan and Lugano to score the best deals?
If you purchase a train ticket from Milan to Lugano within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $24 (€20) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Lugano from Milan are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Milan
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Milano Centrale is the most popular Milan railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Milan for your trip to Lugano.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
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TaxisTaxis
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Phone Number
+39 892021
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 05: 50 - 22: 20
Public transit options for Milano Centrale
Metro lines: M2 (green), M3 (yellow)
Tram lines: 1
Bus lines: 5, 9, 10, 42, 81, 87, 152, 728, N26, NM2, NM3, Air Bus, Orio Shuttle
Train lines: FR, FB, EC, Thello, XP2, R28, IC, ICN, RV, R, Regio, Italo
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ParkingParking
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Phone Number
+39 892021
Public transit options for Milano Porta Garibaldi
Metro lines: M2, M5
Bus lines: 43, 56, 70, 94
Train lines: R21, R31, S1, S11, S2, S5, S7, S8