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from Cologne to Lucerne

You can get from Cologne to Lucerne by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Lucerne on Sep 27 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

05:55PMCologne Hbf5h10 11:05PMLuzern Bhf
2 changes
$871One-way
Cheapest
11:32PMCologne Hbf8h23 07:55AMLuzern Bhf
2 changes
$571One-way
Other options
04:54PMCologne Hbf5h11 10:05PMLuzern Bhf
1 changes
$871One-way
07:55PMCologne Hbf5h21 01:16AMLuzern Bhf
2 changes
$871One-way
06:53PMCologne Hbf6h23 01:16AMLuzern Bhf
2 changes
$771One-way

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Sun
Sep 26
$64Deutsche Bahn
$43Flixbus
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Mon
Sep 27
$57Deutsche Bahn
$43Flixbus
$248Eurowings
Wed
Sep 29
$48Deutsche Bahn with connection
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$62Eurowings
Thu
Sep 30
$48Deutsche Bahn with connection
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$50Eurowings
Fri
Oct 1
$23Deutsche Bahn
$40Flixbus
$99Tuifly

Travel Information from Cologne to Lucerne

distanceDistance274 miles (442 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$28 - $63
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $28 (€22) • 11 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $63 (€50) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesEurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a flight, bus or train to travel 274 miles (442 km) from Cologne to Lucerne. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $28 (€22). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Eurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight or train from Cologne to Lucerne.

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FAQs
Am I allowed to travel from Cologne, Germany to Lucerne, Switzerland?

International travel from Cologne, Germany to Lucerne, Switzerland is: Partially open.

Can I enter Switzerland if coming from Germany?

Entry into Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Lucerne if traveling from Cologne?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What measures do I need to follow in Lucerne, Switzerland due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Switzerland must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 9/23/21; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip to Lucerne from Cologne.

Are there restrictions on reentering Germany from Lucerne, Switzerland due to the coronavirus pandemic?

The current restriction level for returning to Cologne, Germany from Switzerland is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Cologne, Germany from Lucerne, Switzerland?

Reentering Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Cologne from Lucerne?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

Which rules do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Germany must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 9/25/21. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Cologne from Lucerne here.

How do I go from Cologne to Lucerne?

There are 3 ways to travel from Cologne to Lucerne including taking a flight, bus or train.

What is the cheapest way from Cologne to Lucerne?

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Lucerne is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $28 (€22) compared to other travel options to Lucerne:

Taking a bus is about $35 (€28) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $63 (€50) for this trip.

Taking a bus is usually $30 (€24) less than taking a train to Lucerne, which costs on average $57 (€46) for the same trip.

What is the quickest way to get from Cologne to Lucerne?

The fastest way from Cologne to Lucerne is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 10 min.

There are alternative travel options to Lucerne that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Lucerne by bus can take on average 11 h.

In comparison, getting to Lucerne by train can take on average 5 h 43 min.

What is the distance from Cologne to Lucerne?

The distance is approximately 274 miles (442 km) from Cologne to Lucerne.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Lucerne?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Lucerne is:

  • 2 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Lucerne from Cologne as scheduled services by flight, bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Cologne to Lucerne?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Lucerne:

  • Buses from Cologne to Lucerne most often leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Lucerne, Luzern, Bahnhof.
Which travel companies can take me from Cologne to Lucerne?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cologne to Lucerne:

  • You can travel by plane from Cologne to Lucerne with Eurowings, and you can find Eurowings Cologne to Lucerne tickets for $63 (€50) on Omio.
  • You can travel between Cologne and Lucerne by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $28 (€22) with Flixbus from Cologne to Lucerne.
  • You can travel by train between Cologne and Lucerne with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Lucerne tickets for $57 (€46) on Omio.
Can I travel directly to Lucerne from Cologne?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Lucerne with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find 2 direct trains a day to Lucerne with.

Direct services to Lucerne tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.

What is another destination I should add to my tour from Cologne to Lucerne?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Lucerne often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Zurich, Milan or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Lucerne itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Lucerne and any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I book tickets to Lucerne from Cologne online to get the best deals?

Before traveling from Cologne to Lucerne, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A plane ticket for this route is costing $63 (€50) one way on average.
  • A bus ticket is costing on average $28 (€22) one way for this trip.
  • A train ticket for this journey is costing $57 (€46) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Lucerne tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Lucerne
Köln Hbf
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