How to get 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 07 Jul 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 modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeTrain • £23 • 41 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGeo Travel or SBB

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 24 miles (39 km) between Zurich and Lucerne. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Geo Travel or SBB among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach 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 coaches. 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.

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 coaches, city coaches, 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 coaches 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 to travel to Lucerne from Zurich including taking a coach, flight, ferry or train.

Flight services offer the cheapest way to get from Zurich to Lucerne. Tickets for a flight cost on average £1.

This is compared to other travel options to Lucerne:

A flight is £76 less than a coach for this trip with tickets for a coach from Zurich to Lucerne costing on average £76.

A flight is generally £1 less than a ferry for the same journey. A ferry costs on average £1 from Zurich to Lucerne.

A flight is generally £23 less than a train for the same route. A train costs on average £23 from Zurich to Lucerne.

The fastest way to get to Lucerne from Zurich is by train with an average travel time of 41 min.

There are alternative travel options to Lucerne that can usually take longer:

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

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Lucerne is:

  • Around 3 coaches per day.
  • 63 trains per day.

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

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Zurich to Lucerne:

  • Coaches most often depart from Zurich at Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) and arrive in Lucerne at Lucerne, Luzern, Bahnhof.

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

  • You can go to Lucerne from Zurich by coach with Geo Travel. You'll see cheap coach tickets for £76 with Geo Travel from Zurich to Lucerne on Omio.
  • You can travel between Zurich and Lucerne by train with SBB. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £23 with SBB from Zurich to Lucerne.

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

  • You can find around 3 direct coaches per day and book this direct coach with BlaBlaCar.
  • You'll find 36 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 change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Zurich and Lucerne.

Looking to extend your trip from Zurich to Lucerne? Many Omio customers who go from Zurich to Lucerne usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Milan, Paris or Basel. If you're looking to explore Milan, Paris or Basel from Lucerne, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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

  • Coach tickets cost £76 one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £1 one way.
  • Ferry tickets are costing £1 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost £23 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.

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