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

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Train  •  7 h 9 min

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

$99 - $173

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Luzern to Munich, Munich central bus station 106
  2. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg 086 / ...

$30 - $50

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8 h 26 min

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

$30 - $40

Drive  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Salzburg 317.1 miles

$65 - $100

Train to Zurich, fly to Salzburg  •  6 h 7 min

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

$137 - $358

Train to Zurich, fly to Munich, train  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Munich (MUC) ZRH - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$160 - $411

Train to Basel, fly to Munich, train  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Munich (MUC) BSL - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$147 - $370

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Salzburg is to train and bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 40 and takes 8 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lucerne to Salzburg is to drive which costs SFr 60 - SFr 95 and takes 4 h 59 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lucerne to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Salzburg via Munich, Munich central bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lucerne to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Salzburg Hbf via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 9 min.

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The distance between Lucerne and Salzburg is 366 km. The road distance is 507.4 km.

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Salzburg without a car is to train which takes 7 h 9 min and costs SFr 95 - SFr 170.

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It takes approximately 7 h 9 min to get from Lucerne to Salzburg, including transfers.

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

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Lucerne to Salzburg 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 Salzburg is to train which takes 7 h 9 min and costs SFr 95 - SFr 170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 28 - SFr 50 and takes 8 h 55 min.

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There is no direct flight from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Lucerne to Salzburg.
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  • Distance: 228.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 9 min

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

You can take a train from Lucerne to Salzburg via Zürich HB in around 7 h 9 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lucerne to Salzburg via Munich, Munich central bus station in around 8 h 55 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Basel to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $900
Flights from Basel to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
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 HB
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from Luzern to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.ch
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 München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
bahn.de
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
$24 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Sankt Gallen to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Book at
eurolines.ch
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Luzern to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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