There are 13 ways to get from Athens to Lucerne by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, car ferry, car or night train

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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Fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 24 min

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

$111 - $340

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Fly to Basel, train  •  7 h 35 min

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

$133 - $395

Fly to Geneva, train  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Geneva (GVA) ATH - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Luzern

$155 - $420

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus, train  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ATH - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern

$140 - $338

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  10 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Milan Linate (LIN) ATH - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern

$156 - $396

Fly to Stuttgart, train  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Stuttgart (STR) ATH - STR
  2. Take the train from Böblingen to Zürich HB
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern

$172 - $348

Bus, bus and ferry  •  26 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Trikala
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Trikala to Bologna
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Luzern

$212 - $288

Bus, carferry, train  •  34 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the carferry from Patras to Ancona
  3. Take the train from Ancona to Milano Centrale Fb / ...
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Ec
  5. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern 21 / ...

$240 - $528

Drive, carferry  •  29 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the carferry from Patras to Ancona
  3. Drive from Ancona to Lucerne

$208 - $497

Bus  •  39 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob
  3. Take the bus from Skopje to Luzern

$168 - $230

Bus, car ferry, train  •  42 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Venezia
  3. Take the train from Venezia S.Lucia to Arth-Goldau Ec

$203 - $473

Train, night train  •  46 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the night train from Thessaloniki to Skopje
  3. Take the train from Skopje to Belgrade 334
  4. Take the train from Beograd to Zürich HB En
  5. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$197 - $380

Drive  •  23 h 6 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Lucerne 1476.2 miles

$350 - $550

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Luzern via Trikala, Ugo Bassi and Bologna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Athens to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Luzern via Thessaloniki, Skopje, Beograd and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46 h 24 min.

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The distance between Athens and Lucerne is 1611 km. The road distance is 2361.9 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Lucerne without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 26 h 23 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 24 min to get from Athens to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Athens to Lucerne bus services, operated by KTEL Grevenon, depart from Athens station.

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Athens to Lucerne train services, operated by Greek Railways (OSE), depart from Athens station.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 45 min.

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Athens to Lucerne bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Luzern station.

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Lucerne is 1 h behind Athens. It is currently 6:34 AM in Athens and 5:34 AM in Lucerne.

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  • Distance: 1007.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 24 min

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Lucerne, Switzerland?

You can take a bus from Athens to Lucerne via Thessaloniki Monastiriou, Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis, Skopje Zob, and Skopje in around 39 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Athens to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Athens to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Athens to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $500
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $500
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Athens to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Athens to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Flights from Athens to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $470
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Athens to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Athens to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Athens to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $500
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Athens to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Athens to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Athens to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Athens to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Athens to Basel
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Athens to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $500
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Athens to Milan Malpensa via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Athens to Stuttgart via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
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 Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
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 Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia S.Lucia to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
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 Böblingen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Ancona to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Serbian Railways
Website
srbvoz.rs
Night train from Thessaloniki to Skopje
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $19
Schedules at
srbvoz.rs
2nd Class Ticket
$7 - $11
1st Class Ticket
$12 - $19
Macedonian Railways (MZ)
Phone
+389 (2) 3 164 255
Website
mzt.mk
Train from Skopje to Belgrade
Ave. Duration
9 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $100
mzt.mk
mzt.mk
Bus operators
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
KTEL Grevenon
Phone
24620 22242
Website
ktelgrevenon.gr
Bus from Athens to Trikala
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
ktelgrevenon.gr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Trikala to Bologna
Ave. Duration
13 h 21 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Luzern
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
eurolines.ch
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Athens to Patras
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
Simeonidis Tours
Phone
+30-2310540970
Email
info@simeonidistours.gr
Website
simeonidistours.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
simeonidistours.gr
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus from Skopje to Luzern
Ave. Duration
27 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Ferry operators
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Patras to Ancona
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $300
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$97
Aircraft-type seats
$114
2 bed inside cabin
$295
3 bed outside cabin
$250 - $300
Car ferry from Patras to Venezia
Ave. Duration
31 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$98 - $99
Aircraft-type seats
$118 - $120
2 bed inside cabin
$311 - $314
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $320
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Patras to Ancona
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $230
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$77 - $80
Airplane economy seats
$91 - $94
2-berth outside
$190 - $230
3-berth outside shower
$170 - $200
Grimaldi Lines

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Lucerne is 2362 km. It takes approximately 23 h 6 min to drive from Athens to Lucerne.

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Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia and four other airlines offer flights from Athens Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 361+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs .

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