There are 8 ways to get from Brussels to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7h 11m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Strasbourg Tgv
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb Ter
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

SFr 165 - SFr 259

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Bus  •  9h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Luzern N836

SFr 30 - SFr 40

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Bus, train  •  9h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Bruxelles, Nord to Mulhouse 472
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

SFr 68 - SFr 133

Drive  •  6h 20m

  1. Drive from Brussels to Lucerne 637.5 km

SFr 80 - SFr 120

Fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 6m

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

SFr 114 - SFr 239

Fly to Basel, train  •  5h 18m

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

SFr 91 - SFr 294

Fly to Geneva, train  •  7h 40m

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

SFr 138 - SFr 369

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  7h 59m

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

SFr 107 - SFr 413

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Lucerne is to bus which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 9h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Lucerne is to fly and train which costs 100€ - 230€ and takes 5h 6m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brussels, Brussels-North station station and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arriving at Luzern via Strasbourg and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 11m.

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The distance between Brussels and Lucerne is 512 km. The road distance is 637.5 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 7h 11m and costs 150€ - 250€.

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It takes approximately 7h 11m to get from Brussels to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Brussels to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Brussels, Brussels-North station.

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Brussels to Lucerne train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Lucerne is to train which takes 7h 11m and costs 150€ - 250€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 9h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Brussels to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 511.7 km
  • Duration: 7h 11m

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Lucerne, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Brussels to Lucerne via Strasbourg, Basel Sbb, and Basel SBB in around 7h 11m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Luzern once daily. Tickets cost SFr 30 - SFr 40 and the journey takes 9h 50m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 750
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 370
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 310
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 410
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 750
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 370
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 260
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 700
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 490
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 450
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 450
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 600
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 240
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 250
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 340
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 340
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 270
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 430
Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 160
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 110 - SFr 140
1st Class
SFr 130 - SFr 160
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 28
Rail 1st Class
SFr 29 - SFr 45
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 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
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 Brussels, Brussels-North station to Luzern
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 40
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 Bruxelles, Nord to Mulhouse
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
Eurolines FR

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The quickest flight from Brussels Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Lucerne is 637 km. It takes approximately 6h 20m to drive from Brussels to Lucerne.

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KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Brussels Airport to Zurich Airport.

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

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There are 449+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Brussels Airport is to train which takes 20 min and costs 16€ - 18€.

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