There are 11 ways to get from Salzburg to Lucerne by train, bus, night 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  •  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

$105 - $180

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Night bus, bus  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the night bus from Salzburg, Salzburg South to Zurich N391
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Lucerne Ouibus

$30 - $50

9 alternative options

Train via Feldkirch  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to Feldkirch Rj
  2. Take the train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB 1-Y / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$102 - $181

Bus  •  7 h 45 min

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

$40 - $49

Drive  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Salzburg to Lucerne 318.3 miles

$65 - $100

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

$136 - $358

Fly Salzburg to Basel, train  •  6 h 56 min

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

$110 - $433

Train to Munich, fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 33 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

$159 - $412

Train to Munich, fly to Basel, train  •  6 h 35 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

$141 - $372

Train, train to Nuremberg, fly to Zurich  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
  3. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Zurich (ZRH) NUE - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$168 - $412

Train to Munich, fly to Berne, train  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Berne (BRN) MUC - BRN
  3. Take the train from Bern to Luzern

$212 - $747

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Salzburg to Lucerne is to bus which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 7 h 45 min.

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

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The distance between Salzburg and Lucerne is 366 km. The road distance is 509 km.

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

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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 7 h 45 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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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 7 h 45 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
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 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
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
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
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
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
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $360
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Salzburg to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
Flights from Salzburg to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Sky Work Airlines
Website
flyskywork.com
Flights from Munich to Berne
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Feldkirch
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
Train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
EuroNight
Website
cd.cz
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
cd.cz
Train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
cd.cz
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
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $80
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
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $70
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
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 Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
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
Every 15 minutes
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Salzburg, Salzburg South to Zurich
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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