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How to travel from Brussels to Lugano by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Brussels to Lugano? Look no further.

You'll usually find 25 trains per day running between Brussels and Lugano, which usually take 11 hours 43 minutes to complete the 636 km journey. It can take as little as 8 hours 41 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Lugano from Brussels, you'll just need to make 2 changes along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be traveling with TGV, Thalys or ICE, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Brussels to Lugano if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $47.92. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Brussels to Lugano by train

It takes an average of 11h 43m to travel from Brussels to Lugano by train, over a distance of around 395 miles (636 km). There are normally 25 trains per day traveling from Brussels to Lugano and tickets for this journey start from $47.92 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 41m
PriceFrom $47.92
Distance395 miles (636 km)
Frequency25 trains per day
First train07:17
Last train21:33
Departure stationBrussels
Arrival stationLugano
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, SBB CFF FFS, Thalys, Flixbus, NS, ÖBB, Trenitalia, BlaBlaCar Bus, Onebus, Union Ivkoni (Bus), Trenord

Brussels to Lugano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to Lugano for Tuesday Oct 4th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:13 19:58 9h 45m, 4 changes
11:25 20:58 9h 33m, 2 changes
12:13 20:58 8h 45m, 3 changes
12:13 21:58 9h 45m, 2 changes
12:17 21:58 9h 41m, 2 changes
13:25 22:58 9h 33m, 2 changes
14:16 22:58 8h 42m, 3 changes
15:13 00:25 9h 12m, 3 changes
17:25 06:58 13h 33m, 2 changes
18:17 07:30 13h 13m, 4 changes

TGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Thalys trains from Brussels to Lugano

You can travel from Brussels to Lugano on TGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Thalys 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.

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TGV Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).

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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.

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Lugano

The price of train tickets from Brussels to Lugano starts at $47.92 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 Brussels 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 Brussels to Lugano

Want to know more about your journey from Brussels 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 Brussels to Lugano take?

The average journey time by train between Brussels and Lugano is 11 hours and 43 minutes, with around 25 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 Brussels and Lugano by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Lugano is 8 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels to Lugano cost?

Train tickets from Brussels to Lugano can start from as little as $47.92 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 Brussels to Lugano?

No, there are no direct train services from Brussels to Lugano. Travelling from Brussels to Lugano by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from Brussels to Lugano leaves at 07:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Brussels to Lugano leaves at 21:33. 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 Brussels and Lugano by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels to Lugano cover a distance of around 395 miles (636 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Brussels to Lugano for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/04/2022. 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 10/18/2022 for travel on 10/18/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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