How to travel from Zurich to Lucerne

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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 Aug 09 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information to Lucerne from Zurich

distanceDistance24 miles (39 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$28 - $92
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $28 (€26) • 41 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $28 (€26) • 41 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGeo 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.

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.

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:

  • Around 4 buses per day.
  • Around 69 trains per day.

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:

  • Buses mostly leave from Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) and tend to arrive in Lucerne, Luzern, Bahnhof.

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 $92 (€85) on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Zurich to Lucerne with SBB. Cheap tickets can be found for $28 (€26) with SBB from Zurich to Lucerne.

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

  • You can check for a direct bus to Lucerne with BlaBlaCar with 4 direct buses per day.
  • You'll find 39 direct trains a day to Lucerne with SBB.

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.

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, 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!

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:

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $92 (€85) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $28 (€26) 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.

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