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.
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).
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.§
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!
Take a look at Tarjetas de descuento Renfe 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.
The average journey time by train between Lugano and Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 18 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Lugano to Zurich Hb is 2 hours and 16 minutes.
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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Lugano to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Lugano to Zurich Hb. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lugano to Zurich Hb leaves at 05:32. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Lugano to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 156km during the journey.