How to travel from Zurich to Lucerne

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Travel Information from Zurich to Lucerne

distanceDistance24 miles (39 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$19 - $30
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $19 (€16) • 41 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $19 (€16) • 41 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBlaBlaCar or SBB

Take a bus or train to travel 24 miles (39 km) to Lucerne from Zurich. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are BlaBlaCar or SBB among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Zurich to Lucerne.

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from Zurich to Lucerne

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

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train

The best way to travel from Zurich to Lucerne is by taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

SBB
10:35AM0h50
Zürich Hbf
11:25AMLucerne station
$241One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
SBB
10:35AM0h50
Zürich Hbf
11:25AMLucerne station
$241One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
SBB
11:10AM0h41
Zürich Hbf
11:51AMLucerne station
$241One-way
0 transfers
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SBB
11:35AM0h50
Zürich Hbf
12:25PMLucerne station
$241One-way
0 transfers
SBB
09:35AM0h50
Zürich Hbf
10:25AMLucerne station
$241One-way
0 transfers
SBB
09:10AM0h41
Zürich Hbf
09:51AMLucerne station
$241One-way
0 transfers

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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.

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Travel on SBB, Geo Travel and BlaBlaCar travel to Lucerne from Zurich at great prices. Omio finds you travel times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies all in one place.

SBB is Switzerland's main train company and for your next travel trip from Zurich to Lucerne, SBB offers these ticket types: Round-trip Standard Ticket or First Class.

      FAQs: Travel from Zurich to Lucerne

      FAQs: 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

      There are 2 options to travel between Zurich and Lucerne including taking a bus or train.

      The cheapest way to travel between Zurich and Lucerne is a train with an average price of $19 (€16).

      This is compared to other travel options from Zurich to Lucerne:

      A train is $11 (€10) less than a bus with an average ticket price of $30 (€26) from Zurich to Lucerne.

      The quickest way to travel between Zurich and Lucerne is by train, which takes on average 41 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

      Bus takes 1 h 19 min on average.

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

      The average frequency per day from Zurich to Lucerne is:

      • Around 2 buses per day.

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

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

      • Trains mostly leave from Zürich Hbf and tend to arrive in Lucerne.

      The following travel companies offer services from Zurich to Lucerne:

      • BlaBlaCar, Geo Travel, Student Agency or FlixBus can take you to Lucerne by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Student Agency from Zurich to Lucerne for $3 (€3).
      • SBB can take you to Lucerne by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for SBB from Zurich to Lucerne for $19 (€16).

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

      • You can check for a direct bus to Lucerne with Student Agency or FlixBus with 2 direct buses per day.

      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.

      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, Interlaken, 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!
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