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

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Bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Munich, ZOB to Lucerne, Inseli Park RegioJet

$12 - $16

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Train  •  4h 54m

  1. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$107 - $180

Bus, train  •  4h 54m

  1. Take the bus from München ZOB to Zürich, Sihlquai/HB 1-Y
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$154 - $230

Train via München Hbf  •  5h 31m

  1. Take the train from München Hbf to Zürich HB Ec
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$45 - $142

Drive  •  3h 39m

  1. Drive from Munich to Lucerne 230 miles

$45 - $70

Fly to Zurich, train  •  4h 47m

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

$113 - $352

Fly to Basel, train  •  4h 48m

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

$95 - $307

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The cheapest way to get from Munich to Lucerne is to bus which costs 10€ - 14€ and takes 4h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Munich to Lucerne is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3h 39m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Munich, ZOB and arriving at Lucerne, Inseli Park. Services depart once a week, and operate Friday. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Munich to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) and arriving at Luzern via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 54m.

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The distance between Munich and Lucerne is 273 km. The road distance is 368.1 km.

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The best way to get from Munich to Lucerne without a car is to bus which takes 4h 40m and costs 10€ - 14€.

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The bus from Munich, ZOB to Lucerne, Inseli Park takes 4h 40m including transfers and departs once a week.

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Munich to Lucerne bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Munich, ZOB station.

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Munich to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Lucerne is to bus which takes 4h 40m and costs 10€ - 14€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 90€ - 160€ and takes 4h 54m.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 170.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 40m

What companies run services between Munich, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland?

RegioJet operates a bus from Munich to Lucerne once a week. Tickets cost $12 - $16 and the journey takes 4h 40m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Munich to Lucerne via Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai) and Zürich HB in around 4h 54m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Train operators
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 ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $100
Website
bahn.de
Standard
$21 - $100
First
$55 - $170
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 Zürich HB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
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
1h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Munich, ZOB to Lucerne, Inseli Park
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
regiojet.com
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from München ZOB to Zürich, Sihlquai/HB
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch

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The quickest flight from Munich Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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Munich to Lucerne bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Lucerne, Inseli Park station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Lucerne is 368 km. It takes approximately 3h 39m to drive from Munich to Lucerne.

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Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Munich Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 372+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $86 USD per night.

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