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Travelling from Lugano to Milan by train

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.

Lugano to Milan by train

It takes an average of 1h 33m to travel from Lugano to Milan by train, over a distance of around 39 miles (63 km). There are normally 39 trains per day travelling from Lugano to Milan and tickets for this journey start from €12 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 15m
PriceFrom €12
Distance39 miles (63 km)
Frequency39 trains per day
First train01:26
Last train21:32
Departure stationLugano
Arrival stationMilan
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Marino, Trenitalia, Flixbus, SBB CFF FFS, Calanda Viaggi (Bus), Trenord

Lugano to Milan train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lugano to Milan for Tuesday 1st February 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:32 11:50 1h 18m, direct
11:02 12:17 1h 15m, direct
11:32 13:09 1h 37m, direct
11:32 13:18 1h 46m, direct
12:02 13:17 1h 15m, direct
12:32 14:13 1h 41m, 1 change
13:02 14:17 1h 15m, direct
13:10 14:55 1h 45m, direct
13:25 14:55 1h 30m, 1 change
14:02 15:17 1h 15m, direct

Trenitalia and Trenord trains from Lugano to Milan

You can travel from Lugano to Milan on Trenitalia and Trenord 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Lugano to Milan

The price of train tickets from Lugano to Milan starts at €12 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 Lugano to Milan 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.

Journey details

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

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Lugano and Milan by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lugano to Milan is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How much does the train from Lugano to Milan cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Lugano to Milan?

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.

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

The first train from Lugano to Milan leaves at 01:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between Lugano and Milan by train?

Trains travelling from Lugano to Milan cover a distance of around 39 miles (63 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Milan to Lugano. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lugano to Milan.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lugano to Milan for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/01/2022. 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 12/31/2021 for travel on 12/31/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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