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There are 13 intercity buses per day from Zurich to Milan. Traveling by bus from Zurich to Milan usually takes around 4 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 35 minutes.
|Distance||136 mi (218 km)|
|Shortest duration||3h 35m|
|Trips per day||13|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus|
How much is a bus ticket from Zurich to Milan?
$39.26 is the average price of a bus ticket from Zurich to Milan. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.
Monthly average prices
The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $50 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Zurich to Milan in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $68 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.
What bus companies travel from Zurich to Milan?
There are 5 bus lines from Zurich to Milan available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 12 daily trips, FlixBus usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Calanda Viaggi||1||5h 45m||$80.31|
Calanda Viaggi is an Italian bus company that uses the line ‘where you want, when you want'. Which is perfect for the visitors, tourists, and locals who use their service to travel across Italy and Switzerland. Onboard, passengers enjoy air conditioning and restrooms, plus complimentary WiFi and movie screenings.
First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 12 trips from Zurich to Milan, and usually makes the trip in about 4 hours and 6 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.
Onebus is a bus company headquartered in northern Italy with service across Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, and Italy to cities such as Zurich and Milan. Passengers can expect restrooms, one or two power outlets per row of seats, complimentary WiFi, and air conditioning onboard. Onebus vehicles meet the highest environmental standards and are much more environmentally friendly than flying.
Book RegioJet from Zurich to Milan from $44. There are 1 RegioJet schedules from Zurich to Milan and you can expect on average to pay for a RegioJet ticket to Milan. In Zurich, RegioJet departs to Milan from Limmatstrasse 5 and no other station. In Milan, RegioJet arrives at Lampugnano and no other station.
An average trip on RegioJet from Zurich to Milan takes 4 hours and 25 minutes , while the fastest available RegioJet trip will get you to Milan in 3 hours and 35 minutes .
On weekends, RegioJet offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Milan.
Frequently Asked Questions
The bus ride from Zurich to Milan is surprisingly scenic. The highway takes you through the Alps—past mountains and thick forests—down into northern Italy, past Lake Como. While the train is scenic as well, 35.5 miles of the ride (57.09 km) is through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, a railway tunnel carved into the Swiss Alps. That means a stretch of the trip will be in darkness, whereas the bus drives over and past the mountains themselves. Despite the tunnel, the train is only a half-hour faster than the bus on average, making the bus an overall better buy.
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
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The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 218 kilometers from Zurich to Milan. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 35 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Milan at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Zurich to Milan, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
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Located in the heart of Europe, the Swiss capital lies at the northwestern tip of the eponymous Lake Zurich. This cosmopolitan city is buzzing year-round with vibrant city life, while the relaxing and peaceful Alps are less than an hour away.
Lake Zurich provides an elegant focal point of the city, with daily cruises available to explore this vast lake. Many chic cafes and restaurants are dotted along the banks, epitomizing Zurich's urban and cosmopolitan vibe.
The Old Town, or Altstadt, is arguably one of the city's most beautiful areas, characterized by winding cobblestone streets and medieval-style architecture. Here, you'll discover some of Zurich's most iconic landmarks, such as St Peter's church with its impossibly large clock face, the largest clock in Europe.
If the weather isn't suited to wandering, there are over 50 museums within Zurich to explore. Go traditional with the Swiss National Museum, or opt for something a bit more exhilarating at the FIFA Museum.
Zurich's airport is the largest in Switzerland, and it is just 10 kilometers from the city center. Several train carriers, including the German Deutsche Bahn network, operate routes to Zurich from across Europe. Long-distance buses also make it easy to reach Zurich from cities like Bern, Stuttgart, Munich, and Milan.
The fashion capital of the world, Milan, is a busy city brimming with activities and lavish nightlife. In spite of its frenetic modern lifestyle, Milan is also blessed with some amazing landmarks, of which the Milan Cathedral should be given special attention. Considered the largest and most unique Gothic structure in Italy, the cathedral took about 600 years to build, and its impressive gothic details will amaze all fans of architecture. The roof of the cathedral itself is accessible, so visitors can climb up to marvel at the city’s skyline and see the cathedral’s details up close. Another spot to consider is the Santa Maria delle Grazie, which currently houses “The Last Supper,” a masterpiece by the legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci. For those who enjoy old books, the Ambrosiana Library & Picture Gallery houses a vast collection of artworks, as well as rare ancient manuscripts.
For a taste of the unique Milanese cuisine, you could consider the Gente di Mare in Darsena, which offers superb seafood. If you wish to enjoy great local pizzas, Pizzium - Via Vigevano offers great dishes.
Milano Centrale is the city’s main train station, offering access to international destinations such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. The main bus station in Milan is Lampugnano, serving as the local hub for bus carriers like FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus and Union Ivkoni. The main airport in Milan is Malpensa Airport located about 32 miles northwest of the city center.
Where does the bus leave from in Zurich?
Main departure station: Limmatstrasse 5
Zurich Central Bus Station is directly next to Zurich HB (the city's central train station), and buses operate here to various destinations across Europe. Although there are few amenities for the station, most people rely on the train station's extensive shopping facilities, including restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, and souvenir shops. There is also a large, multi-story parking garage and stops for different services, such as Flixbus and OneBus. Flixbus also has a ticket and information center here, although they encourage passengers to buy tickets online in advance. Destinations include Paris, Nantes, Salzburg, Sofia, and Bucharest.
All bus stations in Zurich:
Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
Where does the bus arrive in Milan?
Main arrival station: Lampugnano
The Lampugnano Bus Station is a major station in Milan. It is located on Via Giulio Natta, at the base of Monte Stella, and close to amenities such as coffee shops and restaurants. There is an indoor space to wait for your bus, but there is also outdoor seating under a wide covered area where buses board. The station is usually busy, as it welcomes many buses; FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus, RegioJet, Union Ivkoni, and Itabus are just a few. Though the station is located northwest of Milan's city center in the Lampugnano district, it is easy to reach other areas thanks to the metro stop right next door to the bus station.
Bus stations in Milan:
Via Giovanni Palatucci
Milan Lampugnano Autostazione
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