Traveling to Lugano

By Plane

Lugano Airport (LUG)

The quickest way to get to Lugano from most places abroad, is to fly into the small international airport of Lugano (LUG) which offers several daily direct connections to Zürich (ZRH) with Swiss International Airlines and Geneva (GVA) with Etihad Regional.

Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)

The major international hub for Lugano is Milan Malpensa Airport. All major European airlines (over 70 in total) operate direct flights to Milan Malpensa Airport several times per day, including low-cost carriers. Shuttle buses run regularly between Malpensa and Lugano, making for a trouble-free journey. The shuttle trip takes 1 hour (round-trip fare is CHF 40).

  • Please find further info about shuttle bus services to and from Milan Malpensa Airport — Lugano here.

Milan Linate Airport (LIN)

Milan Linate Airport hosts national and short-range european flights. The airport is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Lugano by car. Visitors landing in Milan Linate are suggested to take a bus from the Airport to the main train station in Milan (Milano Centrale), then catch a train to Lugano.  

Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY)

Another option is Bergamo's Orio al Serio airport, the local base for a large number of budget airlines. Bergamo is about 1 1/2 hours from Lugano by car. Alternatively, travelers can take a bus to Milan, then catch a train to Lugano.


By Train

Travelling by train in Switzerland is easy and reliable. Lugano lies right on the North-South axis with trains running between Milan (Milano Centrale) and Zürich (Zürich Hauptbahnhof) every hour.

From Milan it takes 1 hour to get to Lugano, while from Zürich travelling time is 2:37.

Note that the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano does not go via Malpensa airport. To travel to Lugano from Milan Malpensa airport please use a shuttle bus (as described above).

  • — Swiss Railways website (national and international train connections).


By Bus

The University of Lugano is also reachable by bus (a few stops from the center). The nearest bus stops are:

Line From Direction Stop
6 Train station Cornaredo Università
5 Downtown Lugano Viganello Università
7 Downtown Lugano Pregassona Sacro Cuore
  • — Lugano Public Transport (bus schedules and maps).


By Car

Lugano is served by the motorway axis that directly connects Northern Europe to the Mediterranean: the A2 motorway connects Lugano to Milan in 45 minutes and 2 hours to Zürich. Parking in Lugano is very limited so you are encouraged to use the park and ride system.