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

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  •  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

$98 - $171

Cheapest option

Train, bus  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to St. Gallen 1-Y
  2. Take the bus from St. Gallen to Salzburg, Salzburg South N391

$22 - $40

6 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Lucerne to Zürich Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Zürich to Salzburg

$38 - $48

Drive, train  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Landeck-Zams
  2. Take the train from Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$66 - $105

Drive  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Salzburg 317.1 miles

$65 - $100

Train to Zurich, fly to Salzburg  •  6 h 12 min

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

$136 - $356

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

$154 - $409

Train to Basel, fly to Munich, train  •  7 h 38 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

$140 - $368

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Salzburg is to train and bus which costs SFr 22 - SFr 40 and takes 9 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lucerne to Salzburg is to drive which costs SFr 65 - SFr 100 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 Lucerne and arriving at Salzburg via Zürich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 30 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 180.

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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 Ouibus, depart from Lucerne 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 180. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 50 and takes 8 h 30 min.

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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 Zürich in around 8 h 30 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
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
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $900
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 Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Salzburg via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $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
$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
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from Luzern to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.ch
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 Landeck-Zams to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.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 München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $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
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from St. Gallen to Salzburg, Salzburg South
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lucerne to Salzburg is 507 km. It takes approximately 4 h 59 min to drive from Lucerne to Salzburg.

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Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, easyJet and four other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Salzburg Airport.

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There are 1218+ hotels available in Salzburg. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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