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Taking the train from Milan to Lugano in 1 hour 15 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Milan to Lugano? We’ve got you covered.

It usually takes around 1 hour 39 minutes to travel the 39 miles (63 km) from Milan to Lugano by train, although you can get there in as little as 1 hour 15 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 48 trains per day running on this route. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. You can travel on this route with either Trenitalia, SBB or Regiojet. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Milan to Lugano start from €12.00 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Lugano? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Milan to Lugano by train

It takes an average of 1h 39m to travel from Milan to Lugano by train, over a distance of around 39 miles (63 km). There are normally 48 trains per day travelling from Milan to Lugano and tickets for this journey start from €12 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 15m
PriceFrom €12
Distance39 miles (63 km)
Frequency48 trains per day
First train05:32
Last train23:16
Departure stationMilan
Arrival stationLugano
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Marino, Trenitalia, SBB CFF FFS, Flixbus, Calanda Viaggi (Bus), Trenord

Milan to Lugano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Lugano for Tuesday 25th January 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:43 13:58 1h 15m, direct
12:46 14:34 1h 48m, 1 change
12:55 14:54 1h 59m, 1 change
13:43 14:58 1h 15m, direct
14:10 15:28 1h 18m, direct
14:43 15:58 1h 15m, direct
15:10 16:28 1h 18m, direct
15:43 16:58 1h 15m, direct
16:10 17:28 1h 18m, direct
16:42 18:28 1h 46m, direct

Trenitalia and Trenord trains from Milan to Lugano

You can travel from Milan to Lugano 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 Milan to Lugano

The price of train tickets from Milan to Lugano 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 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 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 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 39 minutes, with around 48 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 15 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Lugano cost?

Train ticket prices from Milan to Lugano 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 Milan to Lugano?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Lugano without having to change trains. There are 30 direct trains from Milan to Lugano each day. 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 23:16. 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.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Milan to Lugano for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/25/2022. 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 01/09/2022 for travel on 01/09/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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