There are 5 ways to get from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne by train, ferry, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Friedrichshafen Stadt to Singen(Hohentwiel) Ire / ...
  2. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zürich HB Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$69 - $120

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Bus  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Friedrichshafen to Zurich 006 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zürich to Lucerne Ouibus

$12 - $20

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Ferry, train Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the ferry from Friedrichshafen Autoquai to Romanshorn Autoquai
  2. Take the train from Romanshorn to Zürich HB 8 / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$55 - $102

Ferry, train Südostbahn  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Take the ferry from Friedrichshafen Autoquai to Romanshorn Autoquai
  2. Take the train from Romanshorn to Wattwil 8
  3. Take the train from Wattwil to Luzern 2-Y

Drive  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne 115.1 miles

$24 - $35

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No, there is no direct bus from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Friedrichshafen and arriving at Lucerne via Zürich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Friedrichshafen Stadt and arriving at Luzern via Singen(Hohentwiel) and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 12 min.

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The distance between Friedrichshafen and Lucerne is 111 km. The road distance is 184.2 km.

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The best way to get from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 12 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 12 min to get from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne, including transfers.

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

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Friedrichshafen to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Friedrichshafen Stadt station.

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The best way to get from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne is to train which takes 3 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 25 min.

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

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Friedrichshafen to Lucerne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Luzern station.

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Map of how to get from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 69.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 12 min

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

You can take a train from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne via Singen(Hohentwiel) and Zürich HB in around 3 h 12 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne via Zurich and Zürich in around 4 h 25 min.

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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Friedrichshafen Stadt to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
bahn.de
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 Singen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Romanshorn to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Thurbo
Phone
+41 71 554 00 00
Website
thurbo.ch
Train from Romanshorn to Wattwil
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
thurbo.ch
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from Wattwil to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.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 Friedrichshafen to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $16
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 Zürich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Ouibus
Ferry operators
BSB Ferries
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 3640-0
Email
info@bsb.de
Website
bsb.de
Ferry from Friedrichshafen Autoquai to Romanshorn Autoquai
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
bsb.de

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Yes, the driving distance between Friedrichshafen to Lucerne is 184 km. It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to drive from Friedrichshafen to Lucerne.

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