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Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$92 - $167

Cheapest option

Bus via Zurich  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Zurich 107 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Lucerne Ouibus

$21 - $36

6 alternative options

Train via Stuttgart Hbf  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zürich HB Ic
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$94 - $156

Bus  •  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 Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  4 h 55 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

$145 - $352

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, train  •  4 h 48 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

$137 - $382

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 39 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

$104 - $290

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 25 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Heidelberg to Lucerne via Zurich in around 6 h 5 min.

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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
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
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
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
$50 - $85
Website
bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$22 - $25
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 - $65
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
$23 - $45
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
Trenitalia Eurocity
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Heidelberg, Heidelberg central station to Stuttgart, Stuttgart central station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Heidelberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg to Luzern
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zurich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Ouibus

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Heidelberg and Lucerne is 264 km. The road distance is 339 km.

The cheapest way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to bus which costs 18€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 5 min.

The quickest way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to drive which takes 3 h 5 min and costs 35€ - 55€.

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 25 min.

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.

It takes approximately 4 h 25 min to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne, including transfers.