There are 9 ways to get from Amsterdam to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel Sbb Ice
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

SFr 94 - SFr 244

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Bus  •  13h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Luzern N836

SFr 40 - SFr 55

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Bus, train  •  17h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Duivendrecht to Zurich 472
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70 / ...

SFr 65 - SFr 112

Drive  •  7h 30m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Lucerne 834.4 km

SFr 120 - SFr 180

Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich, train  •  5h 9m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Zurich (ZRH) AMS - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

SFr 93 - SFr 304

Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel, train  •  5h 16m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Basel (BSL) AMS - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

SFr 70 - SFr 319

Train to Brussels, fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 51m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Zurich (ZRH) BRU - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

SFr 176 - SFr 357

Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Geneva, train  •  7h 38m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Geneva (GVA) AMS - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Luzern

SFr 137 - SFr 374

Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa, train  •  8h 2m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) AMS - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Rotkreuz

SFr 114 - SFr 518

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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Lucerne is to bus which costs 40€ - 50€ and takes 13h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Lucerne is to fly and train which costs 85€ - 290€ and takes 5h 9m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Luzern. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 13h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Luzern via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 10m.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Lucerne is 641 km. The road distance is 834.4 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 8h 10m and costs 85€ - 230€.

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It takes approximately 8h 10m to get from Amsterdam to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Amsterdam to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

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Amsterdam to Lucerne train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Lucerne is to train which takes 8h 10m and costs 85€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 50€ and takes 13h 15m.

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  • Distance: 640.7 km
  • Duration: 8h 10m

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Lucerne, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Lucerne via Basel Sbb and Basel SBB in around 8h 10m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Luzern 5 times a week. Tickets cost SFr 40 - SFr 55 and the journey takes 13h 15m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 400
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 330
Flights from Brussels to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 450
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 410
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 240
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 260
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 300
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 480
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 430
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 490
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 490
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 410
Flights from Brussels to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 700
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 400
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 550
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 320
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 330
Level
Website
flylevel.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 460
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 150
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 60 - SFr 90
1st Class
SFr 100 - SFr 150
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 190
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Rotkreuz
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 75
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 120
Website
Thalys
Standard
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Comfort
SFr 70 - SFr 95
Premium
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 7
Website
Trenord
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 Lugano to Rotkreuz
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 65
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 29 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Luzern
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Amsterdam, Duivendrecht to Zurich
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 65
Website
Eurolines FR

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Amsterdam to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Luzern station.

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Amsterdam to Lucerne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Luzern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Lucerne is 834 km. It takes approximately 7h 30m to drive from Amsterdam to Lucerne.

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Air France, Lufthansa, KLM and Swiss offer flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Amsterdam to Lucerne bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 406+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 6€ - 13€.

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