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from Florence to Lugano

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Travel Information between Florence and Lugano

distanceDistance190 miles (307 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$29 - $48
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $29 (€24) • 7 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $48 (€39) • 3 h 33 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Trenitalia

Take a bus or train to travel 190 miles (307 km) from Florence to Lugano. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 33 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $29 (€24). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Trenitalia among others. Travelers can even take a direct train from Florence to Lugano.

Travel Tips

Travel from Florence to Lugano
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 Florence to Lugano.
What COVID-19 safety information and travel restrictions should I be aware of before I go to Lugano, Switzerland from Florence, Italy?

Travel from Florence, Italy to Lugano, Switzerland is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Lugano from Florence restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Lugano, Switzerland from Florence?

  • 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 COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Lugano, Switzerland?

The government of Switzerland has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

The above information was last verified on 10/15/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip from Florence to Lugano closer to your planned date of departure here.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions on returning to Italy from Lugano, Switzerland?

Return travel to Florence, Italy from Switzerland is: Partially open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Italy from Switzerland?

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

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into Italy from Switzerland?

Requirements for reentering Italy:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 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 requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Italy?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Italy to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The above information about your return travel to Florence, Italy was last verified on 10/18/21. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Florence from Lugano.

How do I reach Lugano from Florence?

There are 2 travel options from Florence to Lugano: bus or train.

How do I get from Florence to Lugano the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to travel to Lugano from Florence is by taking a bus with an average price of $29 (€24).

This is compared to other travel options to Lugano:

A bus is generally $18 (€15) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $48 (€39) from Florence to Lugano.

What is the fastest way from Florence to Lugano?

The fastest way from Florence to Lugano is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 33 min.

There are alternative travel options to Lugano that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 7 h 5 min.

How many miles from Florence to Lugano would I travel?

You should expect to travel around 190 miles (307 km) between Florence and Lugano.

How many services a day are there to Lugano from Florence?

The average frequency per day from Florence to Lugano is:

  • 12 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Florence and Lugano as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do I depart from Florence? Where do I arrive in Lugano?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Florence to Lugano:

  • Most travelers board their bus from Florence, Villa Costanza Tram T1 and arrive in Lugano, Stazione Noranco.
  • Most travelers board their train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella and arrive in Lugano, Stazione.
Which travel operators can get me to Lugano from Florence?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Florence to Lugano, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can take you to Lugano by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Flixbus from Florence to Lugano for $29 (€24).
  • Trenitalia can take you to Lugano by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Trenitalia from Florence to Lugano for $48 (€39).
Is it possible to travel directly to Lugano from Florence?

Yes, there are direct services available from Florence to Lugano with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by train with with 12 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Lugano as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Lugano from Florence.

Where else should I travel to after my journey to Lugano from Florence ends?
Omio customers who travel from Florence to Lugano often also extend their vacation to go to Milan, Zurich or Como. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Lugano and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I buy tickets from Florence to Lugano online for the best deals?

Before traveling from Florence to Lugano, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this journey is costing $29 (€24) one way on average.
  • A train ticket costs $48 (€39) one way on average for this journey.

But we recommend booking Florence to Lugano tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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