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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 Jun 14 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:10AMZürich HB0h41 09:51AMLuzern Bhf
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$241One-way
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08:35AMZürich HB0h50 09:25AMLuzern Bhf
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08:10AMZürich HB0h41 08:51AMLuzern Bhf
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$251One-way
08:59AMZürich Stadelhofen0h52 09:51AMLuzern Bhf
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$261One-way
08:00AMZürich Stadelhofen0h51 08:51AMLuzern Bhf
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$271One-way

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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 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.
FAQs
How do I go from Zurich to Lucerne?

You can travel to Lucerne from Zurich 1 different ways: train.

What is the distance between Zurich and Lucerne?

You should expect to travel around 24 miles (39 km) between Zurich and Lucerne.

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

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

  • Buses mostly leave from Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai and tend to arrive in Lucerne, Luzern, Bahnhof.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Zurich to Lucerne?

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

  • You can travel by bus between Zurich and Lucerne with Geo Travel, and you can find Geo Travel Zurich to Lucerne tickets for $110 (€85) on Omio.
  • You can travel by train from Zurich to Lucerne with SBB, and you can find SBB Zurich to Lucerne tickets for $25 (€19) on Omio.
What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Zurich to Lucerne?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Zurich to Lucerne often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Milan, Paris or Basel. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Zurich and Lucerne itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Lucerne and any of these top destinations today!
How early should I purchase Zurich to Lucerne tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • A bus ticket for this journey costs on average $110 (€85) one way.
  • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $25 (€19) one way.

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

What is the cheapest way to go from Zurich to Lucerne?

The cheapest way to travel from Zurich to Lucerne is by taking a train with an average price of $25 (€19).

This is compared to other travel options to Lucerne:

A train is generally $85 (€66) less than a bus for the same route. Taking a bus costs on average $110 (€85) from Zurich to Lucerne.

What is the fastest way from Zurich to Lucerne?

The fastest way to get to Lucerne from Zurich is by train with an average travel time of 41 min.

Other travel options to Lucerne can usually take longer:

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

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Zurich
Lucerne
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