Looking to travel from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano by train? You've come to the right place!
On average, it takes around 2 hours 7 minutes to travel from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 1 hour 28 minutes though. You'll usually find 21 trains per day running along the 46 km route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won't need to make any changes on your way to Lugano. You'll probably be traveling with SBB train to get to Lugano, as they are the main operators of services on this route.
Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano start from $41.59 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.
If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Lugano by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.
It takes an average of 2h 7m to travel from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano by train, over a distance of around 28 miles (46 km). There are normally 21 trains per day traveling from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano and tickets for this journey start from $41.59 when you book in advance.
Milan Malpensa Airport
From 1h 28m
28 miles (46 km)
21 trains per day
Direct trains available
|Train and bus operators|
SBB CFF FFS, Trenord
The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).
Explore Lombardy and its neighbouring regions at an affordable price. You don't need to reserve a seat - just sit back and enjoy the views around you.
You can travel in Trenord's First Class only if you have a First Class ticket. Store your bags in the dedicated baggage racks, sit back and enjoy your journey.
At the moment, a restaurant service is not available on Trenord trains. However, you can take your own food on board so pick up some snacks at the station before you set off.
Trenord do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.
Kids under 4 travel for free on all Trenord trains if they don’t occupy a seat and sit on an adult’s lap. Children aged 4-13 get 50% off the standard fare.
Passengers with disabilities can:
To request special assistance, passengers will need to call the toll-free number 800210955 (active every day from 8.15 am to 7:45 pm) at least 48 hours before departure.
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 Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano by booking early.§
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.
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!
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.
The average journey time by train between Milan Malpensa Airport and Lugano is 2 hours and 7 minutes, with around 21 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano is 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Train tickets from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano can start from as little as $41.59 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano leaves at 00:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano leaves at 23:19. 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.
Trains travelling from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lugano cover a distance of around 28 miles (46 km) during the journey.