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from Milan to Lugano

You can get from Milan to Lugano by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Milan to Lugano on Sep 20 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Sep 19
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Mon
Sep 20
$30Trenitalia
$12Flixbus
Tue
Sep 21
$21Trenitalia
$12Flixbus
Wed
Sep 22
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
Thu
Sep 23
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
Fri
Sep 24
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
Sat
Sep 25
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
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Sep 26
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
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Sep 27
$21Trenitalia
$15Flixbus
Tue
Sep 28
$21Trenitalia
$17Flixbus
Wed
Sep 29
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
Thu
Sep 30
$21Trenitalia
$15Flixbus
Fri
Oct 1
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
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Oct 2
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
Sun
Oct 3
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
Mon
Oct 4
$21Trenitalia
$15Flixbus
Tue
Oct 5
$21Trenitalia
$12Flixbus
Wed
Oct 6
$21Trenitalia
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Thu
Oct 7
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
Fri
Oct 8
$21Trenitalia
$10Flixbus
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Oct 9
$21Trenitalia
$15Flixbus

Travel Information from Milan to Lugano

distanceDistance38 miles (62 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$10 - $21
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $10 (€8) • 1 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeBus • $10 (€8) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Trenitalia

Take a bus or train to travel 38 miles (62 km) between Milan and Lugano. If speed is a priority, then a bus is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $10 (€8). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Trenitalia among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Milan to Lugano.

Travel from Milan to Lugano: Journey Details

Those looking to travel from Milan to Lugano can choose either buses or trains to make the journey. Journey times between the two cities by direct bus or train are similar, taking between 1-3 hours. As the cities are only 78 kilometers apart making the journey by plane is not possible.

Return trips from Lugano to Milan are also available.

How to get from Milan to Lugano

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Milan to Lugano, 100,00% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Milan to Lugano and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Buses from Milan to Lugano

Flixbus and Baltour have up to 4 direct buses from Milan to Lugano per day with journey times of between 1 and 3 hours, starting in the early hours of the morning and continuing until just after 5:00 p.m. Buses depart from Milan Lampugnano Bus Station in the city center. The station is well linked to Milan's efficient transport network of Metro trains, local buses and one of the world's largest tram systems. Taxis and car rentals are also available at the station. Buses terminate on the Via Basilea next to the city's train station and close to central Lugano.

Trains from Milan to Lugano

Trains from Milan to Lugano depart 16 times per day from just after 7:00 p.m. until around 10:00 p.m. These depart from Milano Centrale and take approximately 1 hour. There are also frequent departures from Milano Porta Garibaldi which connect at Chiasso and take around 1.5 hours. Both stations are centrally located and on Metro lines. Local buses, trams, taxis and car rentals link both stations to the city and surrounding areas. Lugano Station is on a hillside overlooking both the city and Lake Lugano with a funicular taking passengers down to the center and the lake. Much of Lugano is pedestrianized and very hilly so exploring on foot is the easiest option. Funiculars, ferries and taxis make up its public transport network.

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FAQs
Does Switzerland have any COVID-19 travel restrictions for people traveling between Milan and Lugano?

International travel from Milan, Italy to Lugano, Switzerland is: Partially open.

Can I enter Switzerland if coming from Italy?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Health declaration required
  • Health declaration required

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

The information above was last checked on 9/13/21; 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 to Lugano from Milan.

Are there restrictions on reentering Italy from Lugano, Switzerland due to the coronavirus pandemic?

The restriction level for your return to Milan, Italy from Switzerland is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Milan from Lugano restricted?

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

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

Conditions of reentry into 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 coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Milan, 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: Mandatory

This information about your return travel to Italy was last checked on 9/17/21. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Milan from Lugano closer to your date of departure here.

What are the ways to get from Milan to Lugano?

You can travel from Milan to Lugano 2 different ways: bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to go from Milan to Lugano?

The cheapest way to get from Milan to Lugano is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $10 (€8) compared to other travel options to Lugano:

Taking a bus is usually $11 (€9) less than taking a train to Lugano, which costs on average $21 (€17) for the same trip.

What is the quickest way to get from Milan to Lugano?

The fastest way from Milan to Lugano is by bus with an average journey time of 1 h 15 min.

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

In comparison, going by train can take 1 h 18 min   on average.

How many miles from Milan to Lugano would I travel?

The distance from Milan to Lugano is approximately 38 miles (62 km).

How many services a day are there between Milan and Lugano?

The average frequency per day from Milan to Lugano is:

  • 16 trains a day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Milan to Lugano?

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

  • Buses from Milan to Lugano most often leave from Milan, Stazione Centrale and arrive in Lugano, Stazione Noranco.
  • Trains mostly depart from Milano Centrale and arrive in Lugano, Stazione.
Which travel companies can take me from Milan to Lugano?

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

  • You can take a bus from Milan to Lugano with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $10 (€8) with Flixbus from Milan to Lugano.
  • You can travel from Milan to Lugano by train with Trenitalia. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $21 (€17) with Trenitalia from Milan to Lugano.
Is there a direct service to Lugano from Milan?

Yes, there are direct routes from Milan to Lugano with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 16 direct trains per day to take to Lugano with Trenitalia.

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

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Milan to Lugano?
Omio customers who travel from Milan to Lugano often also extend their vacation to go to Zurich, Como or Lucerne. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Lugano and these popular destinations at a great price.
How far in advance should I purchase tickets to Lugano from Milan online to get the best deals?

Before traveling from Milan 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 costs $10 (€8) one way on average for this trip.
  • A train ticket costs $21 (€17) one way on average for this trip.

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

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Milan
Milano - Terminal Bus di Lampugnano
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines M1<br>Bus lines 68
Milano Centrale
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Refreshments
WC

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines M1, M2, M3, M5
Milano Porta Garibaldi
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