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

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Train TGV  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Basel SBB Tgv
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

$115 - $159

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Bus  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Fribourg Poya
  2. Take the bus from Fribourg to Luzern 417

$37 - $49

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Train via Genève  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Genève to Luzern 15 / ...

$112 - $197

Drive  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Lucerne 259.2 miles

$55 - $85

Train to Geneva, fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$118 - $245

Fly Lyon to Zurich, train  •  5 h 31 min

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

$97 - $267

Fly Lyon to Strasbourg, train  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Strasbourg (SXB) LYS - SXB
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

$129 - $501

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Lyon to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Lyon and arriving at Luzern via Fribourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Luzern via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 57 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Lucerne is 302 km. The road distance is 414.6 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 57 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 57 min to get from Lyon to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Lyon to Lucerne bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Lyon station.

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Lyon to Lucerne train services, operated by TGV, depart from Lyon Part Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lucerne is to train which takes 4 h 57 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 35 min.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 188.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 57 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Lucerne, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lyon to Lucerne via Basel SBB in around 4 h 57 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lyon to Lucerne via Fribourg Poya and Fribourg in around 8 h 35 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Train operators
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$85 - $95
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $95
1st Class
$110 - $170
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
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 Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
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
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
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon to Fribourg Poya
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $35
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 Fribourg to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Lucerne is 415 km. It takes approximately 4 h 9 min to drive from Lyon to Lucerne.

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Royal Jordanian and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Lyon to Lucerne train tickets online with Loco2 and Loco2.

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There are 361+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29 min and costs .

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