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There are 4 ways to get from Basel to Lucerne by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

$30 - $60

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 22 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Lucerne 61 miles

$5 - $12

2 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Luzern K188

$5 - $10

Drive  •  1 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Lucerne 61 miles

$12 - $19

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Lucerne is to rideshare which costs SFr 5 - SFr 12 and takes 1 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Lucerne is to drive which costs SFr 12 - SFr 19 and takes 1 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel, Basel central station station and arriving at Luzern. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Luzern. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 13 min.

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The distance between Basel and Lucerne is 79 km. The road distance is 97.5 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 1 h 13 min and costs SFr 30 - SFr 60.

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The train from Basel SBB to Luzern takes 1 h 13 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Basel to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel, Basel central station.

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Basel to Lucerne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Basel SBB station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Lucerne is to train which takes 1 h 13 min and costs SFr 30 - SFr 60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 5 - SFr 10 and takes 1 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 49.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 13 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Lucerne, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Lucerne hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $60 and the journey takes 1 h 13 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Basel to Lucerne twice daily. Tickets cost $5 - $10 and the journey takes 1 h 55 min.

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.

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Website
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
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
Bus operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Lucerne is 98 km. It takes approximately 1 h 1 min to drive from Basel to Lucerne.

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Book your Basel to Lucerne bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Basel and Lucerne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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