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How to get to Lugano

Lugano is located in the Southern part of Switzerland (Italian speaking) not far away from the Italian border and Milano. [Google maps]

By train

Lugano is a stop on the main European North-South route and can be reached from many cities in the northern and southern part of Europe by direct day or night train connections.

By plane

  • The quickest way to get to Lugano from most places abroad will be through Milano. There are frequent direct bus connections from Malpensa airport to Lugano (takes about an hour to get to Lugano): Malpensa Express and LuganoServices Shuttle buses will officially stop at the Railway station, but it seems that they continue sometimes to the city center ("autopostali" or "Via Balestra"). Ask the driver.
    If you visit the city of Milano before, you could take one of the frequent trains to Lugano (an hour from Milano Centrale with the fastest trains).
  • Lugano has a small airport, served by Swiss (Zurich), Darwin Airlines (Geneva, Berne, Rome and other Italien cities) and Minoan Air (Rome, Vienna).
    From the airport you can take a shuttle, leaving just outside the airport [Shuttle Bus]. It brings you right into the center of the city; if flights are on-time, it is (at least was in the past) possible to ask the driver to drop you at your hotel. You can of course also take a taxi (follow the sign; you will have to walk 200-300m).
    As an alternative you might consider flying to Zurich Basel and use the train to travel to Lugano; this would be a 2-3 hour ride through some of the most scenic parts of Switzerland (Central Switzerland, Gotthard). There is at least one fast Intercity train every hour directly from Zurich Airport to Lugano. There are also frequent Intercity trains from Basel main station. Geneva airport (an Easyjet hub) is farther away, trains connections are good, but there are no direct trains and it takes more time.

By car

Lugano is on one of the main European North-South routes and can be reached from most European cities without leaving the motorway.