There are 11 ways to get from Rotterdam to Lucerne 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 via Paris Est  •  8 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris-Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Strasbourg Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$275 - $404

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Bus  •  13 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein to Brussels, Brussels-North station 813 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Luzern N836

$43 - $78

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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  9 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Basel SBB
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$185 - $282

Bus, train  •  14 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Zurich
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$91 - $124

Drive  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Lucerne 514.5 miles

$120 - $190

Train to Amsterdam, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Zurich (ZRH) AMS - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$79 - $320

Train to Amsterdam, fly to Basel, train  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Basel (BSL) AMS - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

$85 - $270

Train to Brussels, fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Zurich (ZRH) BRU - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$144 - $392

Train to Brussels, fly to Basel, train  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Basel (BSL) BRU - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern

$125 - $382

Train to Antwerp, fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
  2. Fly from Antwerp (ANR) to Zurich (ZRH) ANR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$116 - $497

Train to Amsterdam, fly to Berne, train  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Berne (BRN) AMS - BRN
  3. Take the train from Bern to Luzern

$161 - $1,110

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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Lucerne is to bus which costs 35€ - 70€ and takes 13 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Lucerne is to train and fly which costs 70€ - 230€ and takes 5 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein and arriving at Luzern via Brussels, Brussels-North station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Luzern via Paris Est, Strasbourg and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 23 min.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Lucerne is 608 km. The road distance is 823.1 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 8 h 23 min and costs 230€ - 350€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 23 min to get from Rotterdam to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein station.

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Rotterdam to Lucerne train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Lucerne is to train which takes 8 h 23 min and costs 230€ - 350€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 70€ and takes 13 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 380 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 23 min

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Lucerne, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Lucerne via Paris-Nord, Paris Est, Strasbourg, and Basel SBB in around 8 h 23 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rotterdam to Lucerne via Brussels, Brussels-North station in around 13 h 15 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Brussels to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
VLM Airlines
Website
flyvlm.com
Flights from Antwerp to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$50 - $390
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $430
Sky Work Airlines
Website
flyskywork.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Berne
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $850
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$120 - $160
1st Class
$160 - $230
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$50 - $65
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $100
1st Class
$120 - $170
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 Paris Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $200
Website
bahn.de
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 Strasbourg to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
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 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $45
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
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $75
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
$24 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
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 Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Luzern
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Rotterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Book at
eurolines.ch

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Lucerne is 823 km. It takes approximately 7 h 22 min to drive from Rotterdam to Lucerne.

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Transavia Holland, easyJet, Air France and three other airlines offer flights from Amsterdam Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Rotterdam to Lucerne bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 363+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $93 USD per night.

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