Lugano Travel Information

By Plane

Lugano Airport
The quickest way to get to Lugano from most places abroad, is to fly into Lugano’s small international  airport (Agno) via Zurich or Geneva with Swiss International Airlines or Darwin. Not only will you experience one of the most scenic flights ever with a view of the Matterhorn – it is also totally stress free to check in and out at this little airport. If you book your flight well in advance, Swiss offers good prices from all major European cities.

Swiss International Airlines:
Darwin Airline:
Lugano Airport - Lugano shuttle bus schedule:


Milan Malpensa Airport
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 such as Ryanair and Easyjet. Shuttle busses run regularly between Malpensa and Lugano, making for a trouble-free journey. The shuttle trip takes 50 minutes (round-trip fair EUR 35). 

Information on low-cost airline connections:

Shuttle bus services to and from Milan Malpensa Airport - Lugano: or


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

Milan-Bergamo (Orio al Serio) Airport:


By Train

Travelling by train in Switzerland is easy and reliable, thanks to one of the world’s best railway systems. Lugano lies right on the North-South axis with trains running between Milan (40 minutes to 1 hour) and Zurich (2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours) every hour. If you want to experience a picturesque journey, fly into Zurich and take the train to Lugano. 

Check the Swiss National Railway website for national and international train connections:

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By Car

Lugano is served by the motorway axis that directly connects Northern Europe to the Mediterranean.

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