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

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Train  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Ulm Hbf to Schaffhausen Ire
  2. Take the train from Schaffhausen to Zürich HB 4 / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$83 - $136

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Bus  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Ulm to Luzern 124

$22 - $40

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Train via Singen(Hohentwiel)  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Ulm Hbf to Singen(Hohentwiel) Ire
  2. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zürich HB Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$90 - $148

Drive  •  3 h

  1. Drive from Ulm to Lucerne 190.4 miles

$40 - $60

Train, fly  •  5 h 10 min

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

$103 - $291

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The cheapest way to get from Ulm to Lucerne is to bus which costs 19€ - 35€ and takes 7 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ulm to Lucerne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 3 h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ulm and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 25 min.

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

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The distance between Ulm and Lucerne is 196 km. The road distance is 304.7 km.

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The best way to get from Ulm to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 4 min and costs 70€ - 120€.

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

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

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

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The best way to get from Ulm to Lucerne is to train which takes 4 h 4 min and costs 70€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 19€ - 35€ and takes 7 h 25 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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Ulm to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Luzern station.

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Map of how to get from Ulm to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 122.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 4 min

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

You can take a train from Ulm to Lucerne via Schaffhausen and Zürich HB in around 4 h 4 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Ulm to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $22 - $40 and the journey takes 7 h 25 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Ulm Hbf to Schaffhausen
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Ulm Hbf to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Ulm Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$26 - $40
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 Schaffhausen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $40
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
$15 - $28
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Singen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
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
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Ulm Hauptbahnhof to Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
vvs.de
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Ulm Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $29
1st Class
$42 - $43
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 Ulm to Luzern
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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