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The cheapest times to fly from RDU to LUG are

  • January 1st to April 1st
  • August 13th to October 7th (except the week of August 27th)
  • October 29th to December 9th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from RDU to LUG is late February and early March. Prices can be as high as $1681 for Friday flights during early to mid June, or as low as $869 for Tuesday flights around late February and early March.

 

When to Fly to Lugano

Flying from Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) to Lugano (LUG) will usually cost between $879 to $1444 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late February and early March with an average ticket price of $903. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid June, with an average price of $1444. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $541 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1105 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RDU to LUG flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the RDU to LUG route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

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RDU to LUG Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RDU to LUG flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Raleigh. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.16, which is far below average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $117 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1071. Return trip prices are from the LUG to RDU flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from RDU to LUG can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 54 minutes may not be realistic.

 

Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from RDU to LUG while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Malpensa Airport (MXP) in Milan

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from LUG
  • Usually 9.73% less expensive than LUG
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to MXP flights

Destination alternative #2: Geneva Airport (GVA) in Geneva

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from LUG
  • Usually 8.96% less expensive than LUG
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to GVA flights

Destination alternative #3: Zurich Airport (ZRH) in Zurich

  • 102 miles (164 km) away from LUG
  • Usually 6.33% less expensive than LUG
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to ZRH flights

Destination alternative #4: Milano Linate Airport (LIN) in Milan

  • 42 miles (68 km) away from LUG
  • Usually 6.20% less expensive than LUG
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to LIN flights

 

Flight Hacking RDU to LUG

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from RDU to LUG — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (RDU > JFK > LUG)

  • Price for both tickets: $753
  • Average savings: $352 (31.86%)

See RDU to JFK flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (RDU > LGA > LUG)

  • Price for both tickets: $769
  • Average savings: $337 (30.45%)

See RDU to LGA flights

Hack #3: Newark, NJ (RDU > EWR > LUG)

  • Price for both tickets: $796
  • Average savings: $309 (27.96%)

See RDU to EWR flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RDU to LUG? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, American, Austrian, British Airways, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, Lufthansa, SWISS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Lugano Airport to Raleigh-Durham International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4395 miles or 7073 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RDU to LUG?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RDU to LUG flight is about 8 hour 54 minutes.

How many flights go between Raleigh/Durham, NC and Lugano?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 13 available flights from RDU to LUG.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeRDU
Origination airport nameRaleigh-Durham International Airport
CityRaleigh/Durham, NC
Countrythe United States
Latitude35.9
Longitude-78.8

Return Airport

Destination codeLUG
Destination airport nameLugano Airport
CityLugano
CountrySwitzerland
Latitude46
Longitude8.9

 

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