How to travel from Bologna to Lugano

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Travel Information between Bologna and Lugano

distanceDistance156 miles (251 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$13 - $49
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $13 (€11) • 4 h 19 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $49 (€42) • 4 h 38 min
carriersPopular travel companiesTrenitalia

Take a bus or train to travel 156 miles (251 km) to Lugano from Bologna. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 38 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $13 (€11). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Trenitalia among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Bologna to Lugano.

FAQs: Travel from Bologna to Lugano

FAQs: Travel to Lugano easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Bologna to Lugano.

International travel from Bologna, Italy to Lugano, Switzerland is: Unrestricted.

Can I enter Switzerland if coming from Italy?

Entry into Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Italy.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Lugano if traveling from Bologna?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Lugano, Switzerland due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Switzerland must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 5/25/23; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip between Bologna and Lugano.

The restriction level for your return to Bologna, Italy from Switzerland is: Unrestricted.

Is my journey back to Bologna from Lugano restricted?

Entry into Italy is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Bologna from Lugano?

Conditions of reentry into Italy:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Bologna, Italy?

You should observe these safety measures in Italy as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

This information about your return travel to Italy was last checked on 5/17/23. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Bologna from Lugano closer to your date of departure here.

There are 2 ways to get from Bologna to Lugano: bus or train.

The cheapest way to get from Bologna to Lugano is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $13 (€11) compared to other travel options to Lugano:

Taking a bus is about $36 (€32) less than taking a train, which costs on average $49 (€42) for this journey.

The fastest way to get to Lugano from Bologna is by train with an average travel time of 4 h 38 min.

Other travel options to Lugano can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 4 h 19 min.

Lugano is approximately 156 miles (251 km) away from Bologna.

The average frequency per day from Bologna to Lugano is:

  • 2 buses a day.
  • Around 15 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Lugano from Bologna as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Bologna to Lugano:

  • Buses mostly depart from Bologna, Piaza XX Settembre and arrive in Lugano, Stazione FS.
  • Trains from Bologna to Lugano most often leave from Bologna Centrale and arrive in Lugano.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Bologna to Lugano:

  • You can take a train from Bologna to Lugano with Trenitalia. Cheap tickets can be found for $49 (€42) with Trenitalia from Bologna to Lugano.
Many of our customers who book a trip from Bologna to Lugano often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Milan, Como or Zurich. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Bologna and Lugano itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Lugano and any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Bologna to Lugano, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $13 (€11) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $49 (€42) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Bologna to Lugano online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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