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Taking the train from Milan to Lugano

Getting from Milan to Lugano by train is easy – with 23 direct services per day taking a little over an hour, you’ll be ready to enjoy its unmistakable beauty, the glistening shores of Lake Lugano, and mountainous ranges as soon as you arrive.

The quick Eurocity service takes you there in style, with comfortable seats for settling into and large windows for gazing out of.

Whatever your reason for travel, the station is perfectly positioned for getting around. It’s a quick 10-minute walk to the lake and within easy reach of the hotels, bars and restaurants nearby.

Need more information on the journey? Keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Milan to Lugano by train

It takes an average of 1h 38m to travel from Milan to Lugano by train, over a distance of around 39 miles (63 km). There are normally 40 trains per day travelling from Milan to Lugano and tickets for this journey start from €12 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 17m
Price€12 - €24
Distance39 miles (63 km)
Frequency40 trains per day
Departure stationMilan
Arrival stationLugano
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorscalanda_viaggi, Regiojet,

Milan to Lugano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Lugano for samedi 11 juil. 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:32 Milano Porta Garibaldi12:25 LuganoRegionale 5310 Trenord Get tickets1h 53m, 2 changes
10:46 Milano Greco Pirelli12:30 LuganoRegionale 25036 Trenord Get tickets1h 44m, 1 change
10:50 Milano Nord Domodossola12:55 LuganoRegionale 231 Trenord Get tickets2h 05m, 1 change
11:32 Milano Porta Garibaldi13:25 LuganoRegionale 5312 Trenord Get tickets1h 53m, 2 changes
11:50 Milano Nord Domodossola13:55 LuganoRegionale 235 Trenord Get tickets2h 05m, 1 change
12:43 Milano Centrale14:00 LuganoRegionale 25518 Trenord Get tickets1h 17m, direct
13:10 Milano Centrale14:30 LuganoEurocity 318 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 20m, direct
13:43 Milano Centrale15:00 LuganoRegionale 25520 Trenord Get tickets1h 17m, direct
13:50 Milano Nord Domodossola15:55 LuganoRegionale 245 Trenord Get tickets2h 05m, 1 change
14:43 Milano Centrale16:00 LuganoRegionale 25522 Trenord Get tickets1h 17m, direct

Trenitalia trains from Milan to Lugano

You can travel from Milan to Lugano 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 Milan to Lugano

Train tickets from Milan to Lugano start at €12 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 €23.98.
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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 Milan to Lugano 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 Milan to Lugano? 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 Milan to Lugano take?

The average journey time by train between Milan and Lugano is 1 hour and 38 minutes, with around 40 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 Milan and Lugano by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Lugano is 1 hour and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Lugano cost?

Train tickets from Milan to Lugano can start from as little as €12 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 Milan to Lugano?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Lugano without having to change trains. There are 19 direct trains from Milan to Lugano. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

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

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

The last train from Milan to Lugano leaves at 22:46. 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 Milan and Lugano by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Lugano 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 Lugano to Milan. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Milan to Lugano.
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 Milan to Lugano for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/07/2020. 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 06/07/2020 for travel on 07/07/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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