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

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Train  •  6 h 28 min

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

$108 - $182

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Bus  •  8 h 40 min

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

$42 - $51

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Night bus, train  •  10 h 15 min

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

Drive  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Salzburg to Lucerne 318.3 miles

$65 - $100

Fly Salzburg to Basel, train  •  6 h 53 min

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

$107 - $442

Train to Munich, fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 50 min

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

$160 - $413

Fly Salzburg to Zurich, train  •  7 h 14 min

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

$137 - $358

Train to Munich, fly to Basel, train  •  6 h 49 min

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

$146 - $373

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The cheapest way to get from Salzburg to Lucerne is to bus which costs 35€ - 45€ and takes 8 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salzburg to Lucerne is to drive which costs 55€ - 85€ and takes 5 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Salzburg to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Salzburg and arriving at Lucerne via Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Salzburg to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Salzburg Hbf and arriving at Luzern via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 28 min.

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The distance between Salzburg and Lucerne is 366 km. The road distance is 509.3 km.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 6 h 28 min and costs 90€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from Salzburg to Lucerne, including transfers.

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

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Salzburg to Lucerne train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Salzburg Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Lucerne is to train which takes 6 h 28 min and costs 90€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 45€ and takes 8 h 40 min.

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

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

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  • Distance: 228.7 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 28 min

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

You can take a train from Salzburg to Lucerne via Zürich HB in around 6 h 28 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Salzburg to Lucerne via Zürich and Zurich in around 8 h 40 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Munich to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Munich to Basel
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $400
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $470
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via London Luton
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $380
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Cairo Aviation
Website
cairoaviation.com.eg
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,300
Train operators
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 Salzburg Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.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 Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from St. Gallen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.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
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Salzburg to Zürich
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 Zurich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Ouibus
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
Night bus from Salzburg, Salzburg South to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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