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There are 8 ways to get from Florence to Lucerne by train, bus, bus and ferry, 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.

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Train  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Arth-Goldau Eurocity / ...

$90 - $166

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Bus  •  10 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Florence, Florence to Milan, Milan 529 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Luzern 124 / ...

$31 - $54

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  8 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Florence to Bologna Airport Florence / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Bologna to Luzern

$60 - $85

Drive  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Florence to Lucerne 344 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Florence to Zurich, train  •  5 h 20 min

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

$102 - $402

Fly Florence to Basel, train  •  7 h 6 min

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

$134 - $497

Fly Florence to Lugano, train  •  9 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Lugano (LUG) FLR - LUG
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern

$150 - $539

Train to Venice, fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Zurich (ZRH) VCE - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$109 - $430

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The cheapest way to get from Florence to Lucerne is to bus which costs 27€ - 50€ and takes 10 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Lucerne is to fly and train which costs 85€ - 350€ and takes 5 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Florence to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Florence and arriving at Luzern via Aeroporto and Bologna. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Florence to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Firenze S.Maria Novella and arriving at Luzern via Milano Centrale and Arth-Goldau. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 26 min.

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The distance between Florence and Lucerne is 430 km. The road distance is 550.4 km.

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The best way to get from Florence to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 6 h 26 min and costs 75€ - 150€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 26 min to get from Florence to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Florence to Lucerne bus services, operated by Appennino Shuttle, depart from Florence station.

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Florence to Lucerne train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Firenze S.Maria Novella station.

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The best way to get from Florence to Lucerne is to train which takes 6 h 26 min and costs 75€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 27€ - 50€ and takes 10 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Florence to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 268.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 26 min

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

You can take a train from Florence to Lucerne via Milano Centrale and Arth-Goldau in around 6 h 26 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Florence to Lucerne via Villa Costanza, Florence, Florence, and Milan, Milan in around 10 h 25 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Flights from Florence to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Florence to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $300
Flights from Florence to Basel via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Frankfurt, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Munich, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $380
Flights from Venice to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Geneva, Zurich
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $490
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Florence to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Vienna, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Florence to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $230
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 Firenze S.Maria Novella to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
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 Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $85
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
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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 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 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 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
Bus operators
Appennino Shuttle
Phone
+39 055 5001302
Email
info@appenninoshuttle.it
Website
appenninoshuttle.it
Bus from Florence to Bologna Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Schedules at
appenninoshuttle.it
Adults
$23 - $29
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 Florence, Florence to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan, Milan to Luzern
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
flixbus.it
Bus from Firenze - Terminal Tramvia Villa Costanza to Milano - Bus Station Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Baltour
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milano Lampugnano to Lucerna
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19
Website
Marino Autolinee

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The quickest flight from Florence Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Florence to Lucerne bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Luzern station.

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Florence to Lucerne train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Arth-Goldau station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Florence to Lucerne is 550 km. It takes approximately 5 h 32 min to drive from Florence to Lucerne.

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Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Florence Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 361+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $88 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Florence to Florence Airport is to bus which takes 8 min and costs 1€ - 2€.

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