There are 12 ways to get from Düsseldorf to Lucerne by train, car, bus 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.

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf 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 / ...

$141 - $251

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Bus  •  11 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Zurich N177 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Lucerne Ouibus

$40 - $67

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Train  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Olten Ec
  2. Take the train from Olten to Luzern 27 / ...

$162 - $260

Train, drive  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Weil am Rhein Re / ...
  4. Drive from Lörrach Hbf to Lucerne

$140 - $222

Bus, train  •  15 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Zurich
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$125 - $212

Drive  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Düsseldorf to Lucerne 387.9 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich, train  •  5 h 19 min

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

$68 - $192

Fly Dusseldorf to Basel, train  •  5 h 23 min

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

$89 - $282

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf 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

$159 - $377

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich, train  •  5 h 43 min

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

$87 - $271

Fly Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen, train  •  6 h 25 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

$145 - $506

Fly Dusseldorf to Stuttgart, train  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Stuttgart (STR) DUS - STR
  2. Take the train from Böblingen to Zürich HB
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern

$135 - $282

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The cheapest way to get from Düsseldorf to Lucerne is to bus which costs 30€ - 60€ and takes 11 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Düsseldorf to Lucerne is to train and fly which costs 130€ - 320€ and takes 5 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Düsseldorf to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Düsseldorf and arriving at Lucerne via Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Düsseldorf to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Düsseldorf Hbf and arriving at Luzern via Mannheim Hbf and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

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The distance between Düsseldorf and Lucerne is 477 km. The road distance is 620.7 km.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 6 h 5 min and costs 110€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to get from Düsseldorf to Lucerne, including transfers.

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

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Düsseldorf to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Düsseldorf Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Lucerne is to train which takes 6 h 5 min and costs 110€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 60€ and takes 11 h 55 min.

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

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Düsseldorf to Lucerne bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Lucerne station.

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Map of how to get from Düsseldorf to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 298.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 min

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

You can take a train from Düsseldorf to Lucerne via Mannheim Hbf and Basel SBB in around 6 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Düsseldorf to Lucerne via Zurich in around 11 h 55 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
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
3 h
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
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
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 Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
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 Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
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
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
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

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Olten
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Weil am Rhein
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Schaffhausen
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Böblingen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
bahn.de
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 Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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 Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Olten to Luzern
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $45
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
$24 - $45
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
$27 - $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
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 Düsseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zurich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Düsseldorf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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