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There are 10 ways to get from Linz to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Zürich HB Rj
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$123 - $208

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Bus  •  10 h

  1. Take the bus from Linz, Linz Industriezeile to Zurich 1921
  2. Take the bus from Zürich to Lucerne Ouibus

$36 - $60

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Bus, train  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Linz to St. Gallen
  2. Take the train from St. Gallen to Luzern 2-Y

Drive  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Linz to Lucerne 387 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Linz to Zurich, train  •  7 h 25 min

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

$162 - $609

Fly Linz to Basel, train  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Linz (LNZ) to Basel (BSL) LNZ - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

$189 - $724

Train, train to Munich, fly to Basel  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Plattling
  2. Take the train from Plattling to Freising
  3. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Basel (BSL) MUC - BSL
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

$152 - $392

Train, train to Munich, fly to Zurich  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Plattling
  2. Take the train from Plattling to Freising
  3. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Zurich (ZRH) MUC - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$170 - $437

Train to Vienna, fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Flughafen Wien
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Zurich (ZRH) VIE - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$115 - $335

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Zurich, train  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Linz/Donau Hbf to Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof
  2. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Zurich (ZRH) NUE - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$160 - $397

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The cheapest way to get from Linz to Lucerne is to bus which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 10 h.

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The quickest way to get from Linz to Lucerne is to drive which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 6 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Linz to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Linz, Linz Industriezeile and arriving at Lucerne via Zürich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Linz to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Linz Hbf and arriving at Luzern via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 46 min.

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The distance between Linz and Lucerne is 469 km. The road distance is 619.2 km.

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The best way to get from Linz to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 7 h 46 min and costs 100€ - 180€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 46 min to get from Linz to Lucerne, including transfers.

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

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Linz to Lucerne train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Linz Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Linz to Lucerne is to train which takes 7 h 46 min and costs 100€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 10 h.

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  • Distance: 293 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 46 min

What companies run services between Linz, Austria and Lucerne, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Linz to Lucerne via Zürich HB in around 7 h 46 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Linz to Lucerne via Zurich and Zürich in around 10 h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Linz to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Linz to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Linz to Zurich via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Linz to Zurich via Frankfurt, Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Linz to Zurich via Frankfurt, Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Linz to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Linz to Basel via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Linz to Basel via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Linz Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $170
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Linz Hbf to Plattling
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Linz Hbf to Flughafen Wien
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.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 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 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
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
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from St. Gallen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.ch
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 Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Plattling to Freising
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Linz/Donau Hbf to Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
bahn.de
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 Linz, Linz Industriezeile to Zurich
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
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 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Linz to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Book at
eurolines.ch

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There is no direct flight from Linz Airport to Zurich Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Linz to Lucerne is 619 km. It takes approximately 6 h 8 min to drive from Linz to Lucerne.

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Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Linz Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 353+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Linz to Linz Airport is to train which takes 10 min and costs 4€ - 8€.

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