There are 5 ways to get from Stuttgart to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zürich HB Ic
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$79 - $131

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Bus Ouibus  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Stuttgart to Lucerne Ouibus

$15 - $23

3 alternative options

Bus FlixBus  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Luzern 124

$21 - $34

Drive  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Stuttgart to Lucerne 169.5 miles

$35 - $55

Fly, train  •  3 h 59 min

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

$78 - $255

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No, there is no direct bus from Stuttgart to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Ruhbank and arriving at Lucerne via Plieningen Seemühlenweg and Stuttgart. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Stuttgart to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Stuttgart Hbf and arriving at Luzern via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 8 min.

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The distance between Stuttgart and Lucerne is 203 km. The road distance is 271.3 km.

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The best way to get from Stuttgart to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 8 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 8 min to get from Stuttgart to Lucerne, including transfers.

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Stuttgart to Lucerne bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Stuttgart station.

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Stuttgart to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Stuttgart Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Stuttgart to Lucerne is to train which takes 4 h 8 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 35 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Stuttgart to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 127 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 8 min

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

You can take a train from Stuttgart to Lucerne via Zürich HB in around 4 h 8 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Stuttgart to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $17 - $29 and the journey takes 5 h 55 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
bahn.de
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $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
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Luzern
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Stuttgart to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Stuttgart to Lucerne is 271 km. It takes approximately 2 h 48 min to drive from Stuttgart to Lucerne.

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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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 Stuttgart to Stuttgart Airport is to train which takes 27 min and costs .

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