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Overview: Train from Rome to Lugano

distanceDistance333 miles (537 km)
durationAverage train duration9 h 55 min
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day

Trains from Rome to Lugano cover the 333 miles (537 km) long journey taking on average 9 h 55 min with our travel partners like. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. Travelers depart most frequently from Roma Termini and arrive in Lugano, Stazione.

Trains from Rome to Lugano

Omio makes it easy to book trains from Rome to Lugano. The journey begins at the Roma Termini station before traveling north and connecting in Milan’s Milano Centrale station. From there, the trip continues on to Lugano in Switzerland, lasting about 5 hours in total. You can buy your tickets for the Rome to Lugano train route on Omio with departures available on most days of the week.

Rome to Lugano Train Time: Daily Departures

Trains run between Rome and Lugano on a daily basis. Omio provides a convenient way to book these daily trips on its website. There are multiple departures available, depending on which company you book, with travel times lasting around 3 hours to 5 hours, ensuring your trip from Rome’s capital city to Switzerland’s beautiful Lugano will be a quick and easy experience.

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

Traveling by train from Rome to Lugano just could not be any easier, with total travel times of only about 3 hour to 5 hours daily between these two beautiful cities. And with just one brief connection at Milan’s Centrale rail station needed on this journey, your total travel time from Italian departure to Swiss arrival is guaranteed to fit into any busy schedule.

What is the departure and arrival stations for trains from Rome to Lugano?

Departure train station: The Roma Termini rail station is located at the Piazzale dei Cinquecento in the heart of Rome and can easily be accessed using Line A or Line B on the city metro system. The station is full of amenities, including many shops and places to eat, and even two post offices and a currency exchange point. Tourist information desks and travel agencies are also available, and the lower level also features a grocery store!

Arrival train station: Lugano’s train station offers many amenities, from a medical center to a Western Union office, in addition to tourist and travelers’ information booths, currency exchange offices, and of course a large selection of shops and eateries to enjoy after your trip from Rome. And getting to Lugano’s city center from the train station is only a matter of taking a brief stroll down the hill from where the station sits. Once at the bottom of the hill you’re in downtown Lugano and able to easily walk to your hotel or most any attraction in the city.

Which train companies travel from Rome to Lugano?

You can find multiple train companies on Omio which offer train routes with departures from Rome Termini station traveling north to Lugano in Switzerland by way of a connection at Milan’s Centrale station. These companies include italo and the intercity line Trentalia (sometimes operating in conjunction with FrecciaRossa). Both companies offer comparable travel times of between 3 hours and 5 hours and convenient connection points in Milan on the journey to Lugano. These companies offer departure times throughout the day, leaving as early in the morning as just after 6 a.m. or as late in the evening as 10:30 p.m.

Italo trains from Rome to Lugano

Italo offers rail service with a choice of three fare classes: Smart, Prima, and Club Executive. Each class features leather seats and access to free WiFi, but the higher classes also offer extra space and the use of lounges and welcome services (at an extra cost, of course). Italo’s tickets are only valid for the train they were purchased for, with charges applied for changes or refunds, unless you purchase a Flex ticket, which allows for free changes and a reduced fee for refunds. The Flex fare comes with an added cost.

Trentalia trains from Rome to Lugano

Trentalia’s rail service offers 2nd Class seating in armchairs, free WiFi, and bistro service. Tickets are only valid for the chosen train, with non-refundable Economy fares and Semi-refundable fares available for this route. With an Economy ticket, changes can be made once before departure only. Semi-refundable tickets do allow for changes, but refunds will be assessed a fee. Note that when Trentalia operates in conjunction with FrecciaRossa, Premium, Business, and Executive classes are also available, adding such services as newspapers, silent areas, welcome drinks, and leather seating.

Train Rome to Lugano: Services on Board

While traveling by train from Rome to Lugano you can enjoy such services as free WiFi and bistro dinning. Depending on the fare you wish to purchase, you can also select classes ranging from Economy to Executive. With each class level services will increase, for example from armchair seating to leather seats and from vending machines to full menus for dining options. Each class level comes with an increased price but also allows for greater flexibility for changes or refunds of tickets. Special accommodations are also available for passengers with reduced mobility, so all travelers can enjoy a safe and comfortable journey. These accommodations may include assistance at the stations and with boarding/deboarding of the trains as provided by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana. Another convenient service offered is the choice between printed and digital tickets. While some stations may require passengers to show their tickets before entering certain areas, both printed and digital formats are accepted.

How to find cheap train tickets from Rome to Lugano?

Omio makes it quick and easy to find the cheapest train tickets from Roma Termini station to Lugano Station in Switzerland using search filters and easily navigable departure listings. Some helpful tips for finding the very best price for your rail journey would include booking your ticket in advance. As trains fill up, the prices for their routes will increase as well, so it’s always a good idea to get ahead of the rush, especially for holidays or popular travel times. Another helpful reminder is to be flexible in your travel plans. Sometimes the price of a ticket can vary greatly from one day to another, so if your plans allow, a little flexibility can save you a lot! Lastly, slower trains or routes with more connections tend to be less expensive than faster trains, so if your travel needs allow for a little extra time, booking a slower trip may save you money in the long run.

Travel Tips: Trains from Rome to Lugano

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What COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train from Rome to Lugano?

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

What is the status of international entry into Switzerland from Italy?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in Switzerland from Rome?

Conditions of entry:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • COVID-19 test required after arrival, between day 4 and day 7
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

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

When traveling in Switzerland, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

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

The information above was last checked on 1/20/22. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Rome and Lugano before traveling.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions for my return trip to Italy from Lugano, Switzerland?

The restriction level for your return train to Rome, Italy from Lugano is: Partially open.

Is my return train into Rome from Lugano restricted?

International entry 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?

Conditions of reentry:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 48 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

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

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

  • Social distancing required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

Last checked on 1/21/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Rome from Lugano closer to your date of departure here here.

How far is Rome to Lugano by train?

The train distance from Rome to Lugano is around 333 miles (537 km).

How long is the train ride between Rome and Lugano?

The Rome to Lugano train duration is on average 9 h 55 min, which is to be expected when traveling 333 miles (537 km) between Rome and Lugano. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.

Which train station from Rome to Lugano do I depart from? Which Lugano train station from Rome do I arrive in?

Some of the Rome train stations to Lugano you can start your journey from include Roma Termini, Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Lugano include Lugano, Stazione, Lugano and Lugano FLP.

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Roma Termini   and arriving in Lugano, Stazione.

Where do I find the Rome train station to Lugano? Where is the Lugano train station?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Roma Termini, which is located around 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Lugano, Stazione, located 0.2 miles (328 m) away from the city center.

How many train services are there between Rome and Lugano a day?

On average, there are 10 trains a day from Rome to Lugano. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

When does the first train depart from Rome to Lugano? When does the last train depart from Rome to Lugano?

The earliest train for this route departs from Rome at 5: 09 AM. The last train leaves from Rome at 11: 11 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Rome to Lugano and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Roma Termini is the most popular Rome 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 Rome for your trip to Lugano.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+39 064745421
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 06: 30 - 22: 00
Public transit options for Roma Termini
Metro lines: A (red), B (blue)
Bus lines: 5, H, 38, 40 Express, 50 Express, 64, 66, 70, 75, 82, 90 Express, 92, 105, 150F, 223, 310, 590, 714, 910, C2, C3
Tram lines: 5, 14
Train lines: Italo, FR, FA, FB, IC, ICN, EN, CNL, R, Leonardo Express
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+39 892021
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 06: 35 - 20: 20
Public transit options for Roma Tiburtina
Metro lines: LB
Bus lines: 62, 71, 111, 111F, 120F, 135, 163, 168, 211, 309, 409, n409, n041, C2, C3, Airport Shuttle
Train lines: FR, FA, IC, REG, FL1, FL2, FL3