There are 8 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Luzern Ece / ...

$65 - $170

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Bus  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Luzern N33 / ...

$17 - $50

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Train via Basel SBB  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

$85 - $183

Night train, train  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Basel SBB Station Nj 401
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

$61 - $105

Drive  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne 264.1 miles

$55 - $80

Fly Frankfurt to Basel, train  •  3 h 56 min

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

$114 - $356

Fly Frankfurt to Zurich, train  •  4 h 5 min

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

$122 - $326

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$120 - $316

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Luzern. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 4 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Lucerne is 342 km. The road distance is 422.5 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 4 min and costs .

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Luzern takes 4 h 4 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne is to train which takes 4 h 4 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Luzern station.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 213.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 4 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $100 - $170 and the journey takes 4 h 4 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $28 - $50 and the journey takes 8 h 5 min. Ouibus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
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
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 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $65
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
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Basel SBB Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
nightjet.com
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Luzern
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $50
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 Frankfurt to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Ouibus

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Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Luzern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne is 422 km. It takes approximately 3 h 49 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne train tickets online with Loco2 and Rome2rio.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne bus tickets online with FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 361+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $91 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs .

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