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There are 7 ways to get from Lucerne to Budapest by train, plane, bus, night train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train to Zurich, fly  •  5 h 26 min

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

$103 - $288

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Bus  •  16 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Lucerne to Zürich Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld N391

$58 - $98

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Train to Basel, fly  •  6 h 1 min

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

$99 - $307

Train  •  12 h 8 min

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

$183 - $301

Train, bus  •  16 h 59 min

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

$71 - $97

Train, night train  •  13 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich HB 70
  2. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti En

$203 - $331

Drive  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Budapest 643.9 miles

$130 - $200

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The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Budapest is to train and bus which costs SFr 70 - SFr 100 and takes 16 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lucerne to Budapest is to train and fly which costs SFr 100 - SFr 290 and takes 5 h 26 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lucerne to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Lucerne and arriving at Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld via Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lucerne to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Kelenföld via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 8 min.

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The distance between Lucerne and Budapest is 811 km. The road distance is 1030.3 km.

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Budapest without a car is to train which takes 12 h 8 min and costs SFr 180 - SFr 300.

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It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to get from Lucerne to Budapest, including transfers.

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Lucerne to Budapest bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Lucerne station.

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

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Budapest is to train which takes 12 h 8 min and costs SFr 180 - SFr 300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 55 - SFr 100 and takes 16 h 5 min.

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Map of how to get from Lucerne to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 506.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 26 min

What companies run services between Lucerne, Switzerland and Budapest, Hungary?

You can take a train from Lucerne to Budapest via Zürich HB in around 12 h 8 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lucerne to Budapest via Zurich in around 16 h 5 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Basel to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Basel to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Basel to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Basel to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $200
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 Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
10 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $260
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Night train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
11 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.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 Luzern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from Luzern to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.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 Lucerne to Zürich
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
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 Zurich to Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
14 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from St. Gallen to Budapest
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Book at
eurolines.ch

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Lucerne to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lucerne to Budapest is 1030 km. It takes approximately 9 h 51 min to drive from Lucerne to Budapest.

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

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There are 4418+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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