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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 Jan 30 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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$23SBB
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Travel Information from Zurich to Lucerne

distanceDistance24 miles (39 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain
fastestFastest modeTrain • $18 (€15) • 41 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSBB

Take a train to travel 24 miles (39 km) to Lucerne from Zurich. SBB is the main travel company operating this route. Travelers can even take a direct 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.

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FAQs

How do I go from Zurich to Lucerne?

You can travel between Zurich and Lucerne by train.

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

A train is the fastest way to get to Lucerne from Zurich with an average travel time for this trip around 41 min.

How far is it from Zurich to Lucerne?

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

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

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Lucerne is:

  • Around 50 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Zurich and in Lucerne?

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

    Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Zurich to Lucerne?

    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 company for you:

    • 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 $18 (€15).

    Can I find a direct route to Lucerne from Zurich?

    Yes, there is a direct route available from Zurich to Lucerne:

    • You'll find 50 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 from Zurich to Lucerne.

    What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Zurich to Lucerne?

    Your trip from Zurich to Lucerne doesn't have to end in Lucerne. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Milan, Paris or Basel. If you’d like to add Milan, Paris or Basel to your Zurich to Lucerne tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Lucerne today!

    How early should I buy tickets to Lucerne from Zurich online for the best deals?

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

    • Train tickets are costing on average $18 (€15) one way.

    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.