• Our partners include:

  • RailEurope
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Trenitalia
  • SNCF
  • Flixbus
  • RENFE
  • Ouibus
  • BlaBlaCar
  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner

There are 8 ways to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne by train, tram, 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 23 min

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

$82 - $172

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  9 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Mannheim to Lucerne Ouibus

$21 - $29

6 alternative options

Line 5 tram, train  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the line 5 tram from Altes Hallenbad to MA Hauptbahnhof 5
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Luzern Ece / ...

$61 - $158

Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Luzern N33

$22 - $40

Drive  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Heidelberg to Lucerne 211.8 miles

$40 - $65

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 37 min

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

$87 - $297

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$144 - $362

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, train  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

$136 - $387

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to bus which costs 18€ - 25€ and takes 9 h 35 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to drive which costs 35€ - 60€ and takes 3 h 5 min.

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Heidelberg and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 15 min.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Heidelberg to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Heidelberg Hbf and arriving at Luzern via Mannheim Hbf and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 23 min.

More details

The distance between Heidelberg and Lucerne is 264 km. The road distance is 338.9 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 23 min and costs 70€ - 150€.

More details

It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

Heidelberg to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Mannheim Hbf station.

More details

The best way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to train which takes 4 h 23 min and costs 70€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 19€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 15 min.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 164.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 23 min

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

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Lucerne via Mannheim Hbf and Basel SBB in around 4 h 23 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Heidelberg to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $22 - $40 and the journey takes 6 h 15 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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 Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $35
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 Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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 Mannheim Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
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 - $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
RNV
Website
rnv-online.de
Tram from Altes Hallenbad to MA Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
rnv-online.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Heidelberg, Heidelberg central station to Stuttgart, Stuttgart central station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
flixtrain.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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Heidelberg to Luzern
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
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 Mannheim to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
Ouibus

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.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 35 min.

Search flights

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

More details

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

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Heidelberg to Lucerne is 339 km. It takes approximately 3 h 5 min to drive from Heidelberg to Lucerne.

Get driving directions

Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

Search flights

Book your Heidelberg to Lucerne train tickets online with Loco2, Rome2rio and two other operators.

Search and book

Book your Heidelberg to Lucerne bus tickets online with FlixBus.

Search and book

There are 359+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

More details