There are 8 ways to get from Lucerne to Cinque Terre by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7h 40m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia Ic

40€ - 55€

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Bus via Milan  •  9h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Luzern to Milano Lampugnano
  2. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to La Spezia, La Spezia 500

36€ - 51€

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Train via Arth-Goldau  •  8h 28m

  1. Take the train from Arth-Goldau to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia Ic

83€ - 145€

Bus  •  9h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Lucerne Inselquai to Genoa Marittima Bern -Genua-Savona
  2. Take the bus from Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia to La Spezia Montpellier > Marseille - St-Charles Bus station > Cannes > Nice - Airport > Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia > La Spezia > Florence > Bologna

45€ - 64€

Drive  •  5h 36m

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Cinque Terre 506.6 km

65€ - 100€

Train, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  3. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia

102€ - 339€

Train, fly to Florence  •  8h 12m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR
  3. Take the train from Firenze Rifredi to Corniglia

121€ - 1468€

Train, fly to Genoa  •  9h 14m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Genoa (GOA) ZRH - GOA
  3. Take the train from Genova Brignole to Corniglia

120€ - 488€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Cinque Terre is to bus via Milan which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 9h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Lucerne to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 70 - SFr 110 and takes 5h 36m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lucerne to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Corniglia via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 40m.

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The distance between Lucerne and Cinque Terre is 344 km. The road distance is 506.6 km.

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Cinque Terre without a car is to train which takes 7h 40m and costs SFr 40 - SFr 60.

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It takes approximately 7h 40m to get from Lucerne to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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Lucerne to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, depart from Luzern station.

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Cinque Terre is to train which takes 7h 40m and costs SFr 40 - SFr 60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 70 and takes 9h 21m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Lucerne to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Corniglia station.

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Map of how to get from Lucerne to Cinque Terre.
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  • Distance: 343.5 km
  • Duration: 7h 40m

What companies run services between Lucerne, Switzerland and Cinque Terre, Italy?

You can take a train from Lucerne to Cinque Terre via Milano Centrale in around 7h 40m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lucerne to Cinque Terre via Genoa Marittima, Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia, La Spezia, Via Chiodo, La Spezia, and La Spezia Centrale in around 9h 21m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 300€
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 450€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 420€
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 1300€
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 1300€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 700€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 450€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Genoa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 430€
Train operators
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 Luzern to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Arth-Goldau to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Luzern to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
65€ - 130€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Arth-Goldau to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
55€ - 100€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 45€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
Train from Genova Brignole to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
6€ - 9€
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
4€ - 6€
Website
Trenord
Malpensa Express
Phone
02 72 49 49 49
Website
malpensaexpress.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Website
Malpensa Express
2nd Class
11€ - 16€
Trenitalia

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 Firenze Rifredi to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
11€ - 22€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
20€ - 22€
Train from Genova Brignole to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
5€ - 12€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
10€ - 12€
Bus operators
ExpressBus
Phone
+41 842 000 888
Email
info@expressbus.ch
Website
expressbus.ch
Bus from Lucerne Inselquai to Genoa Marittima
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
ExpressBus
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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 Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia to La Spezia
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
Blablabus
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Luzern to Milano Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
20€ - 29€
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eurolines.ch
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 Milan, Milan to La Spezia, La Spezia
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Lucerne to Cinque Terre is 507 km. It takes approximately 5h 36m to drive from Lucerne to Cinque Terre.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 3349+ hotels available in Cinque Terre. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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