The Swiss city of Lugano is just a stone’s throw away from Italy, so you don’t need a car to get to Milan. The train from Lugano to Milan is much faster, plus you’ll avoid all the traffic you’d get stuck into if you were driving in the metropolis.
About 40 trains connect Lugano to Milan in about an hour every day, so you have plenty of trains to choose from based on your needs. What’s more, you’ll arrive straight into the city centre. Milan Central Station, a blend of Art Déco and Art Noveau, is an attraction in itself. It’s also perfectly connected with public transport, so it’s super easy to explore this wonderful city of art, history and fashion.
Ready to book your train tickets from Lugano to Milan? Head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page to start your search. Read on for more information, including train times and FAQs about the journey.
Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
Founded by Trenitalia and FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano), Trenord run suburban and regional trains in Lombardy and from Lombardy to Ticino, the Italian-speaking region in Switzerland. With Trenord, you can travel between Milan, Bergamo, Como, Varese, Pavia, Brescia, Chiasso, Milan Malpensa Airport and Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport in total comfort. All Trenord trains have First and Second Class and offer special discounts to travellers under 14, over 60 and groups.
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 Lugano to Milan 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!
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 Lugano and Milan is 1 hour and 33 minutes, with around 39 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 Lugano to Milan is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Lugano to Milan can start from as little as €12 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Lugano to Milan without having to change trains. There are 29 direct trains from Lugano to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lugano to Milan leaves at 01:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lugano to Milan leaves at 21:32. 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 Lugano to Milan cover a distance of around 39 miles (63 km) during the journey.