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There are 10 ways to get from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main by train, car, bus or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Basel SBB  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Basel SBB 27 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

$99 - $170

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Lucerne to Frankfurt Ouibus / ...

$18 - $50

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Drive, train  •  4 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Lörrach Hbf
  2. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

$87 - $137

Train  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich HB 70
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice

$113 - $191

Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Olten 510 / ...
  2. Take the train from Olten to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ec

$78 - $126

Drive  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main 265.4 miles

$55 - $85

Train to Basel, fly to Frankfurt  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Frankfurt (FRA) BSL - FRA

$118 - $351

Train to Zurich, fly to Frankfurt  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA

$122 - $322

Train to Zurich, fly to Stuttgart, train  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Stuttgart (STR) ZRH - STR
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf

$118 - $317

Train to Zurich, fly to Nuremberg, train  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Nuremberg (NUE) ZRH - NUE
  3. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf

$138 - $369

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main is to bus which costs SFr 17 - SFr 50 and takes 8 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main is to drive which costs SFr 55 - SFr 85 and takes 3 h 47 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lucerne and arriving at Frankfurt. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 48 min.

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The distance between Lucerne and Frankfurt am Main is 342 km. The road distance is 424.7 km.

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 4 h 48 min and costs SFr 95 - SFr 170.

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It takes approximately 4 h 48 min to get from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main, including transfers.

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Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Lucerne station.

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Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Luzern station.

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 4 h 48 min and costs SFr 95 - SFr 170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 17 - SFr 50 and takes 8 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main.
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  • Distance: 213.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 48 min

What companies run services between Lucerne, Switzerland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

You can take a train from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main via Basel SBB in around 4 h 48 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main once daily. Tickets cost $18 - $25 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Zurich to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Olten
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Luzern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Olten to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Lucerne to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
Ouibus
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Lucerna to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
marinobus.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Luzern to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Frankfurt station.

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Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main is 425 km. It takes approximately 3 h 47 min to drive from Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Book your Lucerne to Frankfurt am Main bus tickets online with Distribusion and FlixBus.

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There are 682+ hotels available in Frankfurt am Main. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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