How to travel from Zurich to Lucerne

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from Zurich to Lucerne

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

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To get from Zurich to Lucerne on Dec 06 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from Zurich to Lucerne

distanceDistance24 miles (39 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$3 - $29
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $3 (€3) • 50 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $29 (€26) • 41 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSBB

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 24 miles (39 km) from Zurich to Lucerne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 41 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $3 (€3). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are SBB among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Zurich to Lucerne.

Travel from Zurich to Lucerne

The distance between the cities of Zurich and Lucerne is only 52 kilometers, making flying a nonviable option. Switzerland has a system whereby cities are joined by either trains or buses. As regular trains run between the two cities there is no available bus route. Trains from Zurich to Lucerne take just under one hour.

Return trips from Lucerne to Zurich are also available.

How to get from Zürich to Lucerne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Zürich to Lucerne, 100,00% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Zürich to Lucerne and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Trains from Zurich to Lucerne

Swiss Federal Railways operate direct trains from Zurich to Lucerne which run approximately every half hour throughout the day. The first train leaves at around 5:30 a.m. with departures continuing until just after midnight. The journey time between the two cities is just under one hour. Zurich Hauptbahnhof, or mainline station is a busy and important regional and international hub located in the Old Town and within walking distance of the city's tourist attractions. Zurich has an extensive and efficient public transport network which operates an integrated ticketing system making it very tourist friendly. The network consists of Swiss PostAuto buses, city buses, suburban and regional trains, as well as trams, cable cars and ferries. Trains arrive at Lucerne Hauptbahnhof which is centrally located next to Lake Lucerne and close to the city center. Lucerne has a network of frequent local buses which serve the city and the Lido beaches. Both train stations have car rentals and taxis available and both cities have night bus routes which run on Friday and Saturdays.

Travel Tips: Travel from Zurich to Lucerne

Travel Tips: Travel to Lucerne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Zurich to Lucerne.

There are 4 ways to travel between Zurich and Lucerne including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel between Zurich and Lucerne is by taking a bus with an average price of $3 (€3).

This is compared to other travel options to Lucerne:

A bus is generally $26 (€23) less than a train for the same route. Taking a train costs on average $29 (€26) from Zurich to Lucerne.

The quickest way to travel to Lucerne from Zurich is by train, which takes on average 41 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 50 min   on average.

The Zurich to Lucerne distance is around 24 miles (39 km).

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Lucerne is:

  • Around 2 buses per day.
  • 70 trains per day.

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

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

  • Buses from Zurich to Lucerne most often leave from Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) and arrive in Lucerne, Luzern, Bahnhof.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Zurich to Lucerne, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with SBB for trains to Lucerne. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for SBB Zurich to Lucerne tickets on Omio for $29 (€26).

Yes, there are direct services available from Zurich to Lucerne with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find 2 direct buses per day with BlaBlaCar.
  • You'll find 39 direct trains per day with SBB.

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

Many of our customers traveling from Zurich to Lucerne don't make Lucerne their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Lucerne are Milan, Paris or Basel, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Lucerne to any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Zurich to Lucerne, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $3 (€3) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $29 (€26) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Zurich to Lucerne online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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