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Journey timeFrom 2h 38m
Price$21.52 - $73.47
Distance163km (101 miles)
Departure stationZurich Airport
Arrival stationLugano
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Zurich Airport to Lugano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Airport to Lugano for Thursday 21st Nov 2019. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDurationTrainOperated by
11:4814:262h 38m, 2 changesEurocity 196, InterRegio 2421+1SBB
12:4615:262h 40m, 1 changeIntercity 818, Eurocity 319SBB
13:4616:262h 40m, 2 changesIntercity 820, InterRegio 2425+1SBB
14:4617:262h 40m, 1 changeIntercity 822, Eurocity 321SBB
15:1517:562h 41m, 1 changeInterRegio 2124, Intercity 879SBB
15:1817:562h 38m, 2 changesIntercity 724, InterRegio 2659+1SBB
15:4618:262h 40m, 2 changesIntercity 824, InterRegio 2429+1SBB
16:4819:262h 38m, 1 changeEurocity 194, Eurocity 323SBB
17:1519:562h 41m, 1 changeInterRegio 2128, Intercity 883SBB
17:1819:562h 38m, 2 changesIntercity 728, InterRegio 2667+1SBB

SBB trains from Zurich Airport to Lugano

You can travel from Zurich Airport to Lugano on SBB 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.

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).

Cheap train tickets from Zurich Airport to Lugano

Train tickets from Zurich Airport to Lugano start at €18.50 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 €60.11.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price46.43
on the day
avg. single price60.11

Biglietti e offerte Trenitalia e Frecciarossa

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 Zurich Airport to Lugano by booking early.§

Biglietti e offerte Italo treno

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.

Risparmia prenotando in anticipo

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!

Biglietti e offerte treni internazionali

Take a look at treni in Europa Low Cost 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 Zurich Airport 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 Zurich Airport to Lugano take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Airport and Lugano is 2 hours and 39 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 Zurich Airport and Lugano by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Airport to Lugano is 2 hours and 38 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Zurich Airport to Lugano can start from as little as €18.50 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 Zurich Airport to Lugano?

No, there are no direct train services from Zurich Airport to Lugano. Travelling from Zurich Airport to Lugano by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Zurich Airport to Lugano leaves at 05:38. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zurich Airport to Lugano leaves at 21:46. 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 Zurich Airport and Lugano by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Airport to Lugano cover a distance of around 163km during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lugano to Zurich Airport.
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 Zurich Airport to Lugano for a typical week day using timetable data for 21/11/2019. 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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