There are 7 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main 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  •  4 h 4 min

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

$65 - $170

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Lucerne Ouibus / ...

$18 - $50

5 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$108 - $178

Drive  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne 264.1 miles

$55 - $80

Fly to Zurich, train  •  4 h 2 min

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

$122 - $326

Fly to Basel, train  •  3 h 54 min

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

$114 - $351

Fly to Friedrichshafen, train  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Friedrichshafen (FDH) FRA - 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

$148 - $418

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne is to bus which costs 15€ - 45€ and takes 8 h 45 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3 h 49 min.

More details

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

Get driving directions

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

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt and arriving at Lucerne. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 45 min.

More details

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.

More details

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, Ouibus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Lucerne every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $18 - $25 and the journey takes 8 h 45 min. FlixBus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
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 to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
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 Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Schaffhausen
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity
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 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)
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
$20 - $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
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
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
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk

Want to know more about travelling around Switzerland

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.