Basel to Lucerne train

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Cheap train tickets from Basel to Lucerne

Showing times and prices for 23 Apr

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Basel to Lucerne is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
SBB
08:561h49
Basel SBB
10:45Lucerne station
£311One-way
2 changes
SBB
09:031h02
Basel SBB
10:05Lucerne station
£361One-way
0 changes
SBB
08:161h14
Basel SBB
09:30Lucerne station
£361One-way
0 changes
SBB
08:281h30
Basel SBB
09:58Lucerne station
£361One-way
1 change
SBB
08:331h52
Basel SBB
10:25Lucerne station
£561One-way
1 change

Train timetableBasel to Lucerne

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, 23 April
SBB
08:161h14
Basel SBB
09:30Lucerne station
0 changes
SBB
08:281h30
Basel SBB
09:58Lucerne station
1 change
SBB
08:331h52
Basel SBB
10:25Lucerne station
1 change
SBB
08:561h49
Basel SBB
10:45Lucerne station
2 changes
SBB
09:031h02
Basel SBB
10:05Lucerne station
0 changes

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Train times from Basel to Lucerne

Showing times and prices for 23 Apr

Fastest Journey

1 h 2 m

Average

1 h 29 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

79 km

Of the 5 trains that leave Basel for Lucerne every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
SBB
09:031h02
Basel SBB
10:05Lucerne station
£361One-way
0 changes
SBB
08:161h14
Basel SBB
09:30Lucerne station
£361One-way
0 changes
SBB
08:281h30
Basel SBB
09:58Lucerne station
£361One-way
1 change
SBB
08:561h49
Basel SBB
10:45Lucerne station
£311One-way
2 changes
SBB
08:331h52
Basel SBB
10:25Lucerne station
£561One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Basel to Lucerne

distanceDistance49 miles
durationAverage train duration1 h 2 min
priceAverage train ticket price£31 (€34)
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain providersSBB

Trains from Basel to Lucerne cover the 49 miles long journey taking on average 1 h 2 min with our travel partners like SBB. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £31, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £11. Travellers depart most frequently from Basel SBB and arrive in Lucerne.

Train providers: SBB trains Basel to Lucerne

Buy your official SBB train tickets between Basel and Lucerne from £13 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular trip.

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

Train information from Basel to Lucerne with SBB:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 2 min
  • Cheapest Price: £13

Trains from Basel to Lucerne

Travellers planning a Swiss rail trip can take frequent daily direct trains from Basel to Lucerne. Journey times for the route south-east from Basel take just over one hour. Trains operate roughly three times an hour from early morning to late evening. Some additional indirect services to Lucerne from Basel require a brief change at Olten. 

Basel to Lucerne train time: daily departures

Daily schedules provide regular direct trains from Basel to Lucerne seven days a week. There are roughly three trains an hour to the central station in Lucerne. Some additional indirect daily services involve a change at Olten.  Sunday timetables provide slightly fewer direct connections.

How long is the journey by train from Basel to Lucerne?

The fastest train from Basel completes the 67-mile trip south-east to Lucerne in one hour and two minutes. Other direct connections can take between five and 11 minutes longer to reach Lucerne. Indirect connections take around one hour and 27 minutes, with a wait of about 11 minutes between connections at Olten.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Basel to Lucerne?

Departure station: Basel station is located south-east of the city centre, taking around 20 minutes to reach on foot, with most local tram routes and S-Bahn trains offering links to the station in around 10 minutes. The station concourse has a food supermarket, fast food outlets, coffee bars, cash points and luggage storage lockers. 

Arrival station: Lucerne Central Station is located in the centre of the city, close to the lake, and is a short walk from the old quarter. Facilities at the terminus include a shopping mall with luxury fashion stores, a food court, coffee shops, cash points, luggage storage lockers, car rental desks and a taxi stand.   

Which train companies travel from Basel to Lucerne?

Swiss Federal Railways, known as SBB, CFF and FFS in German, French, and Italian, provides all the direct and indirect trains from Basel to Lucerne. The SBB trains operating on this route are either InterCity express trains or InterRegional local services, with most trains offering double-decker seating levels.

Swiss Federal Railways: Basel to Lucerne

Swiss Federal Railways schedules for trains from Basel to Lucerne offer travellers a choice of InterRegional and InterCity services. There is a frequent direct service to Lucerne from early morning to late at night, with around three departures an hour throughout the day and evening, and some indirect connections via Olten. Timings for the direct journey range from one hour and two minutes to one hour and 13 minutes. 

Basel to Lucerne trains: services on board

The SBB InterCity and InterRegional trains on this route from Basel to Lucerne offer a choice of first or second-class seating. InterCity trains include a cafe-bistro, a family zone and quiet carriage. All SBB trains provide low-floor access for wheelchair users and dedicated wheelchair areas on board. Dogs travel with their owners for half the price of a second-class ticket, while small pets in carriers travel for free. Cyclists can take their bike on the train with a purchase of a bike ticket. Travellers with a large amount of luggage can purchase a door-to-door or station-to-station check-in service.

How to find cheap train tickets from Basel to Lucerne

The frequency of direct trains between Basel and Lucerne ensures that it is usually fairly straightforward to find the best fares for the journey. If timing is important, it is sensible to book well in advance, especially for peak time travel. Tickets for InterRegional services are usually, but not always, the cheaper option for trips to Lucerne.

FAQs: Basel to Lucerne train

FAQs: Travel by train from Basel 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 Basel to Lucerne.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Basel to Lucerne can start from as little as £11 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Basel to Lucerne is £31; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Basel to Lucerne train travel time is 1 h 2 min   for the 49 mile long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Basel to Lucerne leaves at 07: 16. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Basel to Lucerne leaves at 22: 31.
When taking a train from Basel to Lucerne, you can count on SBB for the best way to get you to Lucerne. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Basel to Lucerne and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 22: 31.

When departing from Basel, you have various train station options to start your route from including Basel SBB, Basel Bad Bhf and Basel St. Johann. When arriving in Lucerne, you can end your journey in train stations like Lucerne, Lucerne Allmend/Messe and Luzern Verkehrshaus.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Basel SBB, which is located around 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Lucerne, located 0.3 miles (525 m) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month for a train from Basel to Lucerne is January.
You have options as you can travel to Lucerne from Basel 2 different ways: coach or train.

Important Stations and Airports in Basel and Lucerne

Basel
Lucerne
Basel SBB is the most popular Basel railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Basel for your journey to Lucerne.
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Basel Peter-Merian
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Basel St. Jakob
Basel Barfüsserplatz
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Basel Grosspeterstrasse
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Basel, Bhfeingang Gundeldingen

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