There are 11 ways to get from Bologna to Lucerne by bus and ferry, bus, train, car 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.

Recommended option

Bus and ferry  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Luzern

$35 - $50

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  6 h

  1. Take the bus from Bologna, Bologna to Luzern N524

$26 - $45

9 alternative options

Train via Lugano  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Ec
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern 21 / ...

$95 - $165

Train  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Luzern Eurocity / ...

$80 - $140

Bus Autolinee Gambioli  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Bologna Area Servizio Cantagallo to Brunnen

$50 - $88

Drive  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Bologna to Lucerne 290.6 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Bologna to Basel, train  •  7 h 36 min

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

$124 - $428

Fly Bologna to Zurich, train  •  7 h 10 min

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

$122 - $373

Train to Florence, fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella
  2. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Zurich (ZRH) FLR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$109 - $428

Train to Venice, fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Zurich (ZRH) VCE - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$93 - $414

Train to Venice, fly to Basel, train  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Basel (BSL) VCE - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

$95 - $449

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bologna and arriving at Luzern. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Bologna to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Bologna C.Le and arriving at Luzern via Milano Centrale and Lugano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 3 min.

More details

The distance between Bologna and Lucerne is 369 km. The road distance is 464.9 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Bologna to Lucerne without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 5 h 50 min and costs .

More details

The bus and ferry from Bologna to Luzern takes 5 h 50 min including transfers and departs twice a week.

More details

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

More details

Bologna to Lucerne train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Bologna C.Le station.

More details

The best way to get from Bologna to Lucerne is to bus which takes 6 h and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 6 h 3 min.

Mode details

There is no direct flight from Bologna Airport to Basel Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 25 min and has one stopover.

Search flights

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

More details

Map of how to get from Bologna to Lucerne.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 230.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 50 min

What companies run services between Bologna, Italy and Lucerne, Switzerland?

FlixBus operates a bus from Bologna to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $26 - $45 and the journey takes 6 h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bologna to Lucerne via Milano Centrale and Lugano in around 6 h 3 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $300
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $250
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Flights from Venice to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Flights from Venice to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Venice to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Venice to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Flights from Venice to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $390
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,800
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bologna to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Bologna to Zurich via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$460 - $3,700
Train operators
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 Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Venezia Mestre Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
italotreno.it
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $25
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 Luzern
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
orario.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
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 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 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 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
Trenitalia

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 Bologna C.Le to Firenze Smn
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$13 - $16
Train from Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
Bus operators
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
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 Bologna, Bologna to Luzern
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Bologna Area Servizio Cantagallo to Brunnen
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it

Want to know more about travelling around Switzerland

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

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

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Bologna to Lucerne is 465 km. It takes approximately 4 h 43 min to drive from Bologna to Lucerne.

Get driving directions

Air Dolomiti, British Airways, Vueling Airlines and six other airlines offer flights from Bologna Airport to Basel Airport.

Search flights

Book your Bologna to Lucerne train tickets online with Rome2rio.

Search and book

Book your Bologna to Lucerne bus tickets online with FlixBus.

Search and book

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

More details

The best way to get from Bologna to Bologna Airport is to line 40 bus which takes 13 min and costs .

More details