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Taking the train from Chiasso to Lugano in 23 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Chiasso to Lugano? We’ve got you covered.

It usually takes around 27 minutes to travel the 13 miles (20 km) from Chiasso to Lugano by train, although you can get there in as little as 23 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 87 trains per day running on this route. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. You can travel with SBB trains during your journey, as they are the main operator of services on this route.

Train tickets from Chiasso to Lugano are usually cheaper when you book in advance compared to 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 timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Chiasso to Lugano by train

First train

00:20

Last train

23:54

Departure station

Chiasso

Arrival station

Lugano

Journey time

From 23m

Distance

13 miles (20 km)

Frequency

87 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

Chiasso to Lugano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Chiasso to Lugano for Tuesday 25th June 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:34 11:58 24m, direct
11:54 12:24 30m, direct
12:11 12:34 23m, direct
12:20 12:54 34m, direct
12:34 12:58 24m, direct
12:54 13:24 30m, direct
13:05 13:28 23m, direct
13:11 13:34 23m, direct
13:20 13:54 34m, direct
13:34 13:58 24m, direct

SBB trains from Chiasso to Lugano

You can travel from Chiasso 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).

Intercity and Eurocity classes from Chiasso to Lugano

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity and Eurocity when travelling from Chiasso to Lugano.

Onboard services on Intercity and Eurocity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Chiasso to Lugano.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Intercity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Intercity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are plug sockets on SBB trains. You can also enjoy free WiFi on Intercity trains via the SBB FreeSurf portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard. On Intercity trains, there is also a dedicated family carriage.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle onboard SBB Intercity trains. Between 21st March and 31st October, it's compulsory to reserve a bike space on some Intercity trains. You must also buy a ticket for your bike at a ticket office, ticket machine or online.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

SBB Intercity trains have priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

InfoInfoOther

There is a Business Zone and a Quiet Zone in First Class on SBB Intercity trains.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Eurocity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.​

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Eurocity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are plug sockets and free WiFi on SBB Eurocity trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bike onboard SBB Eurocity trains provided that you can fit it into the storage space onboard, but you'll need to buy a ticket for it. You'll also need a reservation for the Swiss part of your journey when travelling internationally. You can make a reservation online or at a ticket office.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet onboard, plus priority seating for passengers with reduced mobility.

InfoInfoOther

There is air conditioning on board newer SBB Eurocity trains, so you can travel in comfort.

Cheap train tickets from Chiasso to Lugano

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 Chiasso 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Chiasso and Lugano is 27 minutes, with around 87 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 Chiasso and Lugano by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Chiasso to Lugano is 23 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Chiasso to Lugano?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Chiasso to Lugano without having to change trains. There are 85 direct trains from Chiasso to Lugano each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Chiasso to Lugano leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Chiasso to Lugano leaves at 23:54. 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 Chiasso and Lugano by train?

Trains travelling from Chiasso to Lugano cover a distance of around 13 miles (20 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lugano to Chiasso.

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