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Lugano to Zurich by train

In just over two hours, SBB trains will take you from the heart of Lugano to the centre of Zurich. This ultra-modern railway has thought of every comfort for a smooth transfer - from a Swiss-inspired onboard menu, to a dedicated business zone and extra comfy seats. If you’re lucky, you might even get the exciting double-decker train service!

Both quicker and less stressful than driving, it’s a popular route with locals commuting for work, and pleasure. And with 27 trains a day available, it’s easy to see why the train is everyone’s first choice.

Should you need more information before committing to your Lugano to Zurich trip, help is at hand. There are further details below, covering all your burning questions and FAQs. So, go ahead and jump on board – Zurich is waiting.

Lugano to Zurich Hb by train

It takes an average of 2h 23m to travel from Lugano to Zurich Hb by train, over a distance of around 97 miles (156 km). There are normally 27 trains per day travelling from Lugano to Zurich Hb and tickets for this journey start from €17.13 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 16m
Price€17.13 - €59.81
Distance97 miles (156 km)
Frequency27 trains per day
Departure stationLugano
Arrival stationZurich Hb
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Lugano to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lugano to Zurich Hb for mardi 27 oct. 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
11:34 Lugano13:50 Zürich HBEurocity 358 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 16m, 1 change
11:56 Lugano14:25 Zürich HBS-Bahn 17566 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 29m, 2 changes
11:56 Lugano14:28 Zürich HBS-Bahn 17566 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 32m, 1 change
12:34 Lugano14:50 Zürich HBEurocity 316 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 16m, direct
13:26 Lugano15:50 Zürich HBS-Bahn 25122 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 24m, 2 changes
14:34 Lugano16:50 Zürich HBEurocity 318 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 16m, direct
15:26 Lugano17:50 Zürich HBS-Bahn 25126 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 24m, 2 changes
15:56 Lugano18:25 Zürich HBS-Bahn 17574 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 29m, 2 changes
15:56 Lugano18:28 Zürich HBS-Bahn 17574 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 32m, 1 change
16:34 Lugano18:50 Zürich HBEurocity 320 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 16m, direct

Cheap train tickets from Lugano to Zurich Hb

Train tickets from Lugano to Zurich Hb start at €17.13 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €54.57.
lowest price found
from17.13
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price45.02
on the day
avg. single price54.57

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 Zurich Hb 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Zurich Hb? 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 Zurich Hb take?

The average journey time by train between Lugano and Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 23 minutes, with around 27 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 Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lugano to Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from Lugano to Zurich Hb cost?

Train tickets from Lugano to Zurich Hb can start from as little as €17.13 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 Lugano to Zurich Hb?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lugano to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Lugano to Zurich Hb. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Lugano to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Lugano to Zurich Hb leaves at 05:32. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Lugano to Zurich Hb leave?

The last train from Lugano to Zurich Hb leaves at 21:34. 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 Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Lugano to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 97 miles (156 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zurich Hb to Lugano. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lugano to Zurich Hb.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lugano to Zurich Hb for a typical week day using timetable data for 27/10/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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