You can get from Zurich to Lucerne by train, bus or flight.
To get from Zurich to Lucerne on Aug 09 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||24 miles (39 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus, flight, ferry or train|
|Ticket price range||$28 - $92|
|Cheapest mode||Train • $28 (€26) • 41 min|
|Fastest mode||Train • $28 (€26) • 41 min|
|Popular travel companies||Geo Travel or SBB|
Travel 24 miles (39 km) by bus, flight, ferry 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 $28 (€26). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Geo Travel or SBB among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train 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.
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.
There are 4 ways that you can travel from Zurich to Lucerne. You can take a bus, flight, ferry or train.
The cheapest way to go to Lucerne from Zurich is by taking a train, which costs on average $28 (€26).
This is compared to other ways of getting to Lucerne:
Taking a train is about $63 (€59) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $92 (€85) for this route.
The fastest way from Zurich to Lucerne is by train with an average journey time of 41 min.
There are alternative travel options to Lucerne that can usually take longer:
In comparison, going by bus can take 50 min on average.
You should expect to travel around 24 miles (39 km) between Zurich and Lucerne.
The average frequency per day from Zurich to Lucerne is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Zurich to Lucerne as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Zurich to Lucerne:
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Yes, there are direct routes from Zurich to Lucerne with the following travel companies:
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 trip.
When planning your trip from Zurich to Lucerne, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:
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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