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Take the train from Zermatt to Lugano in 4 hours 41 minutes

If you want to travel from Zermatt to Lugano by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Zermatt to Lugano by train to take around 5 hours 40 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 4 hours 41 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 19 trains per day running on this route, which spans 93 km. You'll have to make 2 changes along the way on your journey to Lugano. SBB trains are the main operator of services on this route, so you're likely to travel with them for all or at least part of your journey to Lugano.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Zermatt to Lugano start from $52.59 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Zermatt to Lugano by train

It takes an average of 5h 40m to travel from Zermatt to Lugano by train, over a distance of around 58 miles (93 km). There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Zermatt to Lugano and tickets for this journey start from $52.59 when you book in advance.

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Last train


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Journey time

4h 41m


93 miles (58 km)


19 trains per day


2 changes


From $52.59

Train and bus operators


Zermatt to Lugano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zermatt to Lugano for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:13 12:54 4h 41m, 3 changes
08:37 14:30 5h 53m, 4 changes
10:13 14:54 4h 41m, 2 changes
10:37 15:54 5h 17m, 4 changes
12:13 16:54 4h 41m, 3 changes
12:13 17:28 5h 15m, 2 changes
12:37 17:54 5h 17m, 4 changes
12:37 18:28 5h 51m, 3 changes
14:13 18:54 4h 41m, 3 changes
14:37 19:54 5h 17m, 4 changes

SBB trains from Zermatt to Lugano

You can travel from Zermatt to Lugano on SBB 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.

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).

Cheap train tickets from Zermatt to Lugano

The price of train tickets from Zermatt to Lugano starts at $52.59 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 Zermatt 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 Zermatt to Lugano

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

The average journey time by train between Zermatt and Lugano is 5 hours and 40 minutes, with around 19 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 Zermatt and Lugano by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zermatt to Lugano is 4 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Zermatt to Lugano cost?

Train tickets from Zermatt to Lugano can start from as little as $52.59 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.

Is there a direct train from Zermatt to Lugano?

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

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

The first train from Zermatt to Lugano leaves at 06:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zermatt to Lugano leaves at 22:13. 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 Zermatt and Lugano by train?

Trains travelling from Zermatt to Lugano cover a distance of around 58 miles (93 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lugano to Zermatt.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zermatt to Lugano for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. 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 04/12/2019 for travel on 04/12/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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