Don't forget to buy food and drinks in advance if you need them: train stations do not always have shops, while onboard cafés are not always available and often very expensive.
For short distances like between Zurich and Lugano, busses and carpooling are good alternatives to the train, thanks to their low costs. Also, busses have the advantage of getting to the smallest towns where the is no train station.
Which stations do the trains to Lugano leave from?
Trains leave Zurich from Zürich Altstetten, Zürich HB, Zürich Flughafen or Zürich Oerlikon and arrive at Lugano.
How long does it take from Zurich to Lugano and when do the trains leave?
On average, it takes 2 hours and 33 minutes to get to Lugano by train, but you will need 2 hours and 16 minutes with the fastest trains. The first one is available at 07:01, whereas the last one leaves Zurich at 19:01.