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

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Train  •  1h 2m

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern Ir26 / ...

SFr 16 - SFr 23

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Bus  •  1h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Basel SBB to Luzern N836 / ...

SFr 4 - SFr 11

2 alternative options

Rideshare  •  1h 22m

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Lucerne 97 km

SFr 5 - SFr 12

Drive  •  1h

  1. Drive from Basel to Luthern 97 km

SFr 11 - SFr 17

Basel to Luthern by train

The train journey time between Basel and Luthern is around 1h 7m and covers a distance of around 92 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 2m. Operated by Südostbahn, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, the Basel to Luthern train service departs from Basel SBB and arrives in Luzern. Typically 261 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 7m
Fastest train time:
1h 2m
Trains per week:
261
Cheapest price:
SFr 30
Carbon emissions:
4 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:03
Last train departs at:
22:58

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Basel to Luthern train schedules

Basel → Luthern
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
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  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Luthern is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Luthern is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Luthern is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

Last updated: 21 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Luthern is to drive which costs SFr 11 - SFr 17 and takes 1h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Luzern. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Luzern. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 2m.

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The distance between Basel and Luthern is 79 km. The road distance is 97 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Luthern without a car is to train which takes 1h 2m and costs SFr 16 - SFr 23.

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The train from Basel SBB to Luzern takes 1h 2m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Basel to Luthern bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Basel SBB station.

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Basel to Luthern train services, operated by Südostbahn, depart from Basel SBB station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Luthern is to train which takes 1h 2m and costs SFr 16 - SFr 23. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 4 - SFr 11 and takes 1h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Luthern.
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  • Distance: 79 km
  • Duration: 1h 2m

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

Südostbahn operates a train from Basel SBB to Luzern every 3 hours, and the journey takes 1h 2m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Basel SBB to Luzern 3 times a day. Tickets cost SFr 8 - SFr 11 and the journey takes 1h 15m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Gruppo Di Maio
Bartolini Turismo
Phone
+39 0825-26416
Email
prenotazioni@bartolinipullman.it
Website
bartolinipullman.it
Bus from Basilea Badisher to Luthern
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
bartolinipullman.it
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to 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
1h 22m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Basel to Luthern train services, operated by Südostbahn, arrive at Luzern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Luthern is 97 km. It takes approximately 1h to drive from Basel to Luthern.

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There are 159+ hotels available in Luthern. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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

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