There are 9 ways to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Basel  •  4h 25m

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

SFr 60 - SFr 182

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Bus  •  6h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Luzern N33

SFr 21 - SFr 26

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Train  •  4h 31m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf 38333 / ...
  2. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern Ec

SFr 40 - SFr 98

Bus via Freiburg im Breisgau  •  6h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Freiburg 107 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Basel, Basel SBB 107 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Basel, Basel SBB to Luzern 497 / ...

SFr 27 - SFr 34

Bus #2  •  9h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Mannheim to Lucerne BlaBlaBus

SFr 34 - SFr 35

Drive  •  3h 6m

  1. Drive from Heidelberg to Lucerne 338.9 km

SFr 40 - SFr 65

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 2m

  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

SFr 102 - SFr 315

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  4h 37m

  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

SFr 118 - SFr 402

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, train  •  4h 52m

  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

SFr 120 - SFr 417

Questions & Answers

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The cheapest way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to bus which costs 20€ - 25€ and takes 6h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to drive which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 3h 6m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Heidelberg and arriving at Luzern. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 25m.

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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 4h 25m.

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

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The best way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne without a car is to train via Basel which takes 4h 25m and costs 55€ - 180€.

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

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

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

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Map of how to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 263.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 25m

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

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Lucerne via Mannheim Hbf, Basel Sbb, and Basel SBB in around 4h 25m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Heidelberg to Lucerne via Freiburg and Basel, Basel SBB in around 6h 7m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 250
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 700
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 700
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 400
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 250
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 700
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 400
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 27
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 60
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 60
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 14
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 65
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Heidelberg, Heidelberg central station to Stuttgart, Stuttgart central station
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 10
Website
Flixtrain
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof to Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 15
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 18
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Heidelberg to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Basel, Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Basel, Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg to Luzern
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Mannheim to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 28
Website
Marino Autolinee

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The best way to get from Heidelberg to Lucerne is to train via Basel which takes 4h 25m and costs 55€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can bus via Freiburg im Breisgau, which costs 25€ - 35€ and takes 6h 7m.

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

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

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Heidelberg to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, arrive at Luzern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Heidelberg to Lucerne is 339 km. It takes approximately 3h 6m to drive from Heidelberg to Lucerne.

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Heidelberg to Lucerne train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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There are 436+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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