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Taking the train from Berlin to Lugano in 10 hours 12 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Berlin to Lugano? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 12 hours 6 minutes to travel the 792 km from Berlin to Lugano by train, although you can get there in as little as 10 hours 12 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 13 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either ICE, DB or ÖBB. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Berlin to Lugano start from $34.09 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Lugano? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Berlin to Lugano by train

It takes an average of 12h 6m to travel from Berlin to Lugano by train, over a distance of around 492 miles (792 km). There are normally 13 trains per day traveling from Berlin to Lugano and tickets for this journey start from $34.09 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

10h 12m


792 miles (492 km)


13 trains per day


1 change


From $34.09

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, SBB CFF FFS, Flixbus, WestfalenBahn, ÖBB, Regiojet, Onebus, Meridian

Berlin to Lugano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Lugano for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:07 15:58 10h 51m, 3 changes
06:46 16:58 10h 12m, 2 changes
07:11 17:58 10h 47m, 3 changes
08:46 18:58 10h 12m, 2 changes
10:46 20:58 10h 12m, 2 changes
12:46 22:58 10h 12m, 2 changes
15:29 06:58 15h 29m, 1 change
16:33 06:58 14h 25m, 2 changes
16:46 06:58 14h 12m, 3 changes
20:33 08:30 11h 57m, 3 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains from Berlin to Lugano

You can travel from Berlin to Lugano on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Lugano

The price of train tickets from Berlin to Lugano starts at $34.09 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Berlin to Lugano by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Berlin to Lugano

Want to know more about your journey from Berlin to Lugano? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Berlin to Lugano take?

The average journey time by train between Berlin and Lugano is 12 hours and 6 minutes, with around 13 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Berlin and Lugano by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Lugano is 10 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Lugano cost?

Train tickets from Berlin to Lugano can start from as little as $34.09 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Lugano?

No, there are no direct train services from Berlin to Lugano. Travelling from Berlin to Lugano by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Berlin to Lugano leave?

The first train from Berlin to Lugano leaves at 04:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Berlin to Lugano leave?

The last train from Berlin to Lugano leaves at 22:34. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Berlin and Lugano by train?

Trains travelling from Berlin to Lugano cover a distance of around 492 miles (792 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lugano to Berlin.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Berlin to Lugano for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 04/02/2023 for travel on 04/02/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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