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There are 4 ways to get from Ulm to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 20 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

$87 - $147

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Bus  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Ulm to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport 091 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Stuttgart to Lucerne Ouibus

$15 - $23

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h

  1. Drive from Ulm to Lucerne 190.4 miles

$40 - $60

Bus, fly, train  •  4 h 36 min

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

$81 - $258

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The cheapest way to get from Ulm to Lucerne is to bus which costs 12€ - 20€ and takes 7 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ulm to Lucerne is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3 h.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ulm to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Ulm and arriving at Lucerne via Stuttgart. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 20 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 Singen(Hohentwiel) and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 20 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 20 min and costs 75€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 20 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 20 min and costs 75€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 12€ - 20€ and takes 7 h 20 min.

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  • Distance: 122.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 20 min

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

You can take a train from Ulm to Lucerne via Singen(Hohentwiel) and Zürich HB in around 4 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ulm to Lucerne via Stuttgart in around 7 h 20 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 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 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
$24 - $45
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 Singen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.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 Ulm to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $8
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 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus

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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 Ouibus, arrive at Lucerne station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Ulm to Lucerne is 305 km. It takes approximately 3 h to drive from Ulm to Lucerne.

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 356+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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