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from Zurich to Lucerne

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

Our recommendation

To get from Zurich to Lucerne on Sep 20 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:35AMZürich HB0h50 11:25AMLuzern Bhf
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$211One-way
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10:35AMZürich HB0h50 11:25AMLuzern Bhf
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$211One-way
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10:10AMZürich HB0h41 10:51AMLuzern Bhf
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$271One-way
11:10AMZürich HB0h41 11:51AMLuzern Bhf
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$211One-way
08:10AMZürich HB0h41 08:51AMLuzern Bhf
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$301One-way

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Sun
Sep 19
$24SBB
Mon
Sep 20
$24SBB
Tue
Sep 21
$21SBB
Wed
Sep 22
$18SBB
Thu
Sep 23
$21SBB
Fri
Sep 24
$18SBB
Sat
Sep 25
$18SBB
Sun
Sep 26
$15SBB
Mon
Sep 27
$15SBB
Tue
Sep 28
$15SBB
Wed
Sep 29
$15SBB
Thu
Sep 30
$15SBB
Fri
Oct 1
$17SBB
Sat
Oct 2
$30SBB
Sun
Oct 3
$29SBB
Mon
Oct 4
$14SBB
Tue
Oct 5
$15SBB
Wed
Oct 6
$15SBB
Thu
Oct 7
$12SBB
Fri
Oct 8
$14SBB
Sat
Oct 9
$12SBB

Travel Information to Lucerne from Zurich

distanceDistance24 miles (39 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$15 - $30
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $15 (€12) • 41 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $15 (€12) • 41 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSBB or SBB

Travel 24 miles (39 km) by bus or train 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 train is the best option with prices starting as low as $15 (€12). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are SBB or SBB among others. 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.

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 reach Lucerne from Zurich?

There are 2 ways to get from Zurich to Lucerne: bus or train.

How do I get from Zurich to Lucerne the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to go to Lucerne from Zurich is by taking a train, which costs on average $15 (€12).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Lucerne:

A train is generally $15 (€12) less than a bus for the same trip. Taking a bus costs on average $30 (€24) from Zurich to Lucerne.

What is the fastest way to get 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, going by bus can take 0 h 0 min   on average.

How many miles from Zurich to Lucerne would I travel?

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

How many services a day are there to Lucerne from Zurich?

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Lucerne is:

  • 50 trains a day.

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

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

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

  • Most travelers board their bus from Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai and arrive in Lucerne, Luzern, Bahnhof.
Which travel operators can get me to Lucerne from Zurich?

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

  • You can travel between Zurich and Lucerne by bus with SBB. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $30 (€24) with SBB from Zurich to Lucerne.
  • You can go to Lucerne from Zurich by train with SBB. You'll see cheap train tickets for $15 (€12) with SBB from Zurich to Lucerne on Omio.
Is it possible to travel directly from Zurich to Lucerne?

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

  • You can take a direct train with SBB with 50 direct trains per day.

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 between Zurich and Lucerne.

Where should I go next after I travel from Zurich to Lucerne?
Omio customers who travel from Zurich to Lucerne often also extend their vacation to go to Milan, Paris or Basel. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Lucerne and these popular destinations at a great price.
How far in advance should I purchase tickets between Zurich and Lucerne online to get 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:

  • Bus tickets are costing $30 (€24) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $15 (€12) 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.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Zurich
Lucerne
Zürich HB
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