There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Lucerne by train, bus, 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

Train  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$138 - $223

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Karlsruhe N177 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Luzern N33

$51 - $80

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$126 - $212

Train, bus  •  10 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Koln Hbf to Frankfurt ICE International
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Lucerne Ouibus

$58 - $82

Train, drive  •  6 h

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Stuttgart Hbf Ice
  3. Drive from Bietigheim-Bissingen to Lucerne

$125 - $188

Drive  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Lucerne 364.9 miles

$75 - $120

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich, train  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$82 - $238

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$150 - $364

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich, train  •  5 h 53 min

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

$70 - $223

Fly Dusseldorf to Basel, train  •  6 h

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

$87 - $308

Train to Luxembourg, fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Zurich (ZRH) LUX - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$96 - $316

Fly Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen, train  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Friedrichshafen (FDH) DUS - FDH
  2. Take the train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Schaffhausen
  3. Take the train from Schaffhausen to Zürich HB
  4. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern

$146 - $530

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Lucerne is to train and bus which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 10 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Lucerne is to train and fly which costs 130€ - 330€ and takes 4 h 46 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Lucerne is 443 km. The road distance is 583.8 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 27 min to get from Cologne to Lucerne, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Luzern via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 27 min.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Lucerne is to train which takes 5 h 27 min and costs 120€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 11 h 48 min.

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Cologne to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Basel SBB station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 276.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 27 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Cologne to Lucerne via Basel SBB in around 5 h 27 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Lucerne via Köln, Grengel/Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf, Cologne, Cologne South, Airport, and Karlsruhe in around 11 h 48 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $130
Train from Koln Hbf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Schaffhausen
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 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
Train from Schaffhausen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
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 Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $130
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Luzern
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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