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Travelling from Lugano to Milan by train

Located on the Italian Swiss border, Lugano is the ideal starting point to explore Italy by train, especially because its train station is well-connected to Milan. Trenitalia offers plenty of direct Eurocity connections every day between Lugano and Milan Central Station. No need to take the car and get stuck in traffic or rack your brains finding a parking space in the lively Italian metropolis. Travelling by train is so much faster and convenient – it only takes about an hour to get from Lugano to Milan! And if you travel in First Class, you can enjoy all the amenities on board.

Milan Central Station is monumental, it’s one of the largest and most fascinating rail stations in Europe. A city of arts and history, Milan boasts a wide range of interesting museums you shouldn’t miss. Not to mention that it’s one of the world’s most important fashion capitals and a shopping lover’s paradise.

Ready to book? Check train times, ticket prices and FAQs about the journey from Lugano to Milan Central Station.

Lugano to Milan Central Station by train

It takes an average of 1h 29m to travel from Lugano to Milan Central Station by train, over a distance of around 38 miles (61 km). There are normally 32 trains per day travelling from Lugano to Milan Central Station and tickets for this journey start from €12 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 15m
PriceFrom €12
Distance38 miles (61 km)
Frequency32 trains per day
First train01:26
Last train21:32
Departure stationLugano
Arrival stationMilan Central Station
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Marino, Trenitalia, Flixbus, SBB CFF FFS, Calanda Viaggi (Bus)

Lugano to Milan Central Station train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lugano to Milan Central Station for Sunday 28th November 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
04:07 Lugano06:37 Milano CentraleS-Bahn 25101 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 30m, 2 changes
05:06 Lugano07:37 Milano CentraleS-Bahn 25755 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 31m, 1 change
07:02 Lugano08:17 Milano CentraleRegional-Express 25509 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 15m, direct
08:02 Lugano09:17 Milano CentraleRegional-Express 25511 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 15m, direct
09:02 Lugano10:17 Milano CentraleRegional-Express 25513 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 15m, direct
09:32 Lugano10:50 Milano CentraleEurocity 313 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 18m, direct
10:02 Lugano11:17 Milano CentraleRegional-Express 25515 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 15m, direct
11:02 Lugano12:17 Milano CentraleRegional-Express 25517 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 15m, direct
11:32 Lugano12:50 Milano CentraleEurocity 315 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 18m, direct
12:02 Lugano13:17 Milano CentraleRegional-Express 25519 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets1h 15m, direct

Trenitalia trains from Lugano to Milan Central Station

You can travel from Lugano to Milan Central Station on Trenitalia 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.

Cheap train tickets from Lugano to Milan Central Station

The price of train tickets from Lugano to Milan Central Station 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 Central Station 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 Central Station? 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 Central Station take?

The average journey time by train between Lugano and Milan Central Station is 1 hour and 29 minutes, with around 32 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 Central Station by train?

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

How much does the train from Lugano to Milan Central Station cost?

Train ticket prices from Lugano to Milan Central Station 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 Central Station?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lugano to Milan Central Station without having to change trains. There are 26 direct trains from Lugano to Milan Central Station 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 Central Station leave?

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

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

The last train from Lugano to Milan Central Station 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 Central Station by train?

Trains travelling from Lugano to Milan Central Station cover a distance of around 38 miles (61 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Milan Central Station to Lugano.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lugano to Milan Central Station for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/28/2021. 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 11/21/2021 for travel on 11/21/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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