How to travel from Milan to Lugano

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from Milan to Lugano

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

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To get from Milan to Lugano on Dec 06 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information between Milan and Lugano

distanceDistance38 miles (62 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$12 - $26
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $12 (€11) • 1 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $26 (€24) • 1 h 18 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Trenitalia

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 38 miles (62 km) to Lugano from Milan. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 18 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $12 (€11). 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.

Travel Tips: Travel from Milan to Lugano

Travel Tips: 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

Travel between Milan, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland is: Unrestricted.

Can travelers from Italy enter Switzerland?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Italy.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Lugano from Milan?

Conditions of entry into Switzerland:

  • There are no current restrictions

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Lugano, Switzerland?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Switzerland has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 11/6/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey from Milan to Lugano.

Return travel to Milan, Italy from Switzerland is: Unrestricted.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Italy from Switzerland?

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

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

Requirements for reentering Italy:

  • There are no current restrictions

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: Recommended

The above information about your return travel to Milan, Italy was last verified on 11/17/22. 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 Milan from Lugano.

There are 4 ways to get from Milan to Lugano: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Milan to Lugano is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $12 (€11) compared to other travel options to Lugano:

Taking a bus is about $14 (€13) less than taking a train, which costs on average $26 (€24) for this journey.

The quickest way to travel to Lugano from Milan is by train, which takes on average 1 h 18 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 1 h 20 min.

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

The average frequency per day from Milan to Lugano is:

  • Around 44 trains per day.

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

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 FS.
  • Trains from Milan to Lugano most often leave from Milano Centrale and arrive in Lugano, Stazione.

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

  • You can travel from Milan to Lugano by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $12 (€11) with Flixbus from Milan to Lugano.
  • You can travel between Milan and Lugano by train with Trenitalia. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $26 (€24) with Trenitalia from Milan to Lugano.

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

  • You can check for a direct train to Lugano with Trenitalia with 22 direct trains per day.

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 route.

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.

When planning your trip from Milan 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 $12 (€11) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $26 (€24) one way on average.

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

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