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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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FAQs

Is cross-border travel to Lugano, Switzerland from Milan, Italy currently allowed?

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:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • COVID-19 test required after arrival, between day 4 and day 7
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

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 1/28/22; 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 Milan and Lugano.

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:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 48 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • 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 1/28/22. 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.

How far is Lugano from Milan?

You should expect to travel around 38 miles (62 km) between Milan and Lugano.

Where else should I travel to after my journey from Milan to Lugano ends?

Your trip from Milan to Lugano doesn't have to end in Lugano. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Zurich, Como or Lucerne. If you’d like to add Zurich, Como or Lucerne to your Milan to Lugano tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Lugano today!