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Lausanne to Lugano in a day

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Lausanne to Lugano in a day

What is the best way by train to get from Lausanne to Lugano in early September?

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1. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

Use www.sbb.ch/en/home.html to see your options. What are your priorities?

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2. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

As for all (your other) questions on itineraries - check with www.sbb.ch/en timetable application.

Due to mountain ranges its quite a long trip - either detour via Zurich (relatively fast trains, one train change), or slightly shorter, via Brig for Domossola in Italy (several train changes).

Almost 2h longer, more scenic route via Andermatt (with part of Glacier Express line from Brig). If looking for a long scenic trip you would have to travel over 2 days for Glacier Express Brig to St.Moritz, then Bernina Express to Tirano, bus to Lugano.

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3. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

Just to have a direct train ride in the quicker way. We will have already gone from Munich to Zurich to Bern, then to the Lake Geneva area via the Golden Pass. We will be meeting friends in Lugano from Lausanne, hence the search for a direct passage via train.

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4. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

The quickest route is via Lucerne. Suggest you go for that.

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5. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

But if you can arrange to have a little more time, the ride via Simplon, Domodossola and the Centovalli is rather special. You'll have to change trains a couple of times and it's slower, but the views are extraordinary.

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6. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

Thank you. Would I have to buy separate tickets for each leg of the train ride?

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7. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

No, you still buy a through ticket. We were unimpressed with the journey between Domodossola and Locarno.

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8. Re: Lausanne to Lugano in a day

With all the other travel you plan here getting a Swiss Travel Pass might save you money and it will cover Lausanne/Luzern/Lugano OR Lausanne/Brig/Domodossola/Lugano as well.

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