How to travel from Milan to Lugano

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Travel Information between Milan and Lugano

distanceDistance38 miles (62 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$9 - $16
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $9 (€8) • 1 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeBus • $9 (€8) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixBus or Trenitalia

Travel 38 miles (62 km) by bus or train from Milan to Lugano. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are FlixBus or Trenitalia among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Milan to Lugano.

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from Milan to Lugano

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

Our recommendation
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The best way to travel from Milan to Lugano is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

FlixBus
09:30AM1h20
Milano, Autostazione Lampugnano
10:50AMLugano, Via Ciani
$111One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixBus
05:25PM1h40
Milano, Autostazione Lampugnano
07:05PMLugano, Via Ciani
$91One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
BlaBlaCar Bus
08:00PM1h10
Milano, Autostazione Lampugnano
09:10PMLugano, Via Ciani
$111One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Trenitalia
11:10AM1h18
Milan Centrale
12:28PMLugano FLP
$321One-way
0 transfers
Trenitalia
09:10AM1h18
Milan Centrale
10:28AMLugano FLP
$321One-way
0 transfers
Trenitalia
01:10PM1h18
Milan Centrale
02:28PMLugano FLP
$321One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
02:00PM1h40
Milano, Autostazione Lampugnano
03:40PMLugano, Via Ciani
$101One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
07:30PM1h25
Milano, Autostazione Lampugnano
08:55PMLugano, Via Ciani
$91One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
11:10PM1h20
Milano, Autostazione Lampugnano
12:30AMLugano, Via Ciani
$111One-way
0 transfers

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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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SNCF

All travel companies: Train and Bus from Milan to Lugano

Find the best journey to Lugano from Milan with Trenitalia, Marino Autolinee and FlixBus. Comparing schedules and prices and booking the most affordable route has never been easier with over 1000 travel companies on Omio.

Enjoy the travel ride between Milan and Lugano with Trenitalia, Italy’s main provider of travel services throughout the country with an impressive fleet of travel offering different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The company's flagship travel are the high-speed Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca that can travel at speeds up to 186 mph (300 kmh). Trenitalia also operates intercity, regional and night travel. Bathrooms and WiFi access are standard on long-distance travel routes. In many cases, Trenitalia travel also provide barrier-free access.

Trenitalia tickets to Lugano from Milan are available on Omio, and you can find the best deals for them in just a few steps. 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 travel to Lugano from Milan, you can expect to travel 38 miles (62 km). Check Trenitalia’s travel times and tickets for the Milan to Lugano route and buy your cheap ticket on Omio today!

    FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost travel companies, founded in Germany and offering long-distance travel services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on luggage and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.

      FAQs: Travel from Milan 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 Milan to Lugano.
      FAQs

      There are 2 options to travel to Lugano from Milan including taking a bus or train.

      The cheapest way to go to Lugano from Milan is by taking a bus, which costs on average $9 (€8).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from Milan to Lugano:

      A bus is $7 (€6) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Milan to Lugano costing on average $16 (€14).

      The fastest way to get to Lugano from Milan is by bus with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.

      Other travel options to Lugano take longer:

      Train takes on average 1 h 18 min.

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

      The average frequency per day from Milan to Lugano is:

        However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Lugano from Milan 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 when traveling from Milan to Lugano:

        • Most travelers catch their bus from Milano, Milan Linate Airport and arrive in Lugano, Via Ciani.
        • Most travelers board their train from Milan Centrale and arrive in Lugano.

        The following travel companies offer services from Milan to Lugano:

        • Travel with FlixBus, BlaBlaCar, STUDENT AGENCY k. S. BlaBlaCar Bus, Marino Autolinee, Infobus or Croatia Bus d. O. O. To go to Lugano by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find FlixBus Milan to Lugano tickets on Omio for $9 (€8).
        • Travel with Trenitalia for trains to Lugano. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Trenitalia Milan to Lugano tickets on Omio for $16 (€14).

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

        • Direct bus with FlixBus.
        • Direct services by train with Trenitalia.

        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 from Milan to Lugano.

        Many of our customers who book a trip from Milan to Lugano often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Zurich, Como, Milano Centrale or Lucerne. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Milan and Lugano itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Lugano and any of these top destinations today!
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