There are 4 ways to get from Geneva to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Luzern 15 / ...

$80 - $150

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Bus  •  6 h

  1. Take the bus from Geneva - Bus station to Fribourg Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Fribourg to Luzern 417

$15 - $24

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Drive  •  2 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lucerne 166.6 miles

$35 - $55

Fly, train  •  3 h 59 min

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

$86 - $198

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva station to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Geneva - Bus station and arriving at Luzern via Fribourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Genève and arriving at Luzern. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 1 min.

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The distance between Geneva and Lucerne is 190 km. The road distance is 266.6 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 1 min and costs .

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The train from Genève to Luzern takes 3 h 1 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Geneva to Lucerne bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Geneva - Bus station.

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Geneva to Lucerne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lucerne is to train which takes 3 h 1 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Geneva to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Luzern station.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 118.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 1 min

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Lucerne, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Geneva to Lucerne hourly. Tickets cost $80 - $150 and the journey takes 3 h 1 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Lucerne via Fribourg in around 6 h.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Train operators
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 Genève to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
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
Bus operators
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 Geneva - Bus station to Fribourg
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus
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 Fribourg to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Lucerne is 267 km. It takes approximately 2 h 39 min to drive from Geneva to Lucerne.

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Royal Jordanian and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 361+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7 min and costs .

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