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There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Lucerne by train, bus, rideshare, taxi, car or towncar

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  •  45 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$23 - $45

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  54 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Lucerne 32.4 miles

$3

4 alternative options

Bus  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Luzern K188 / ...

$7 - $18

Taxi  •  37 min

  1. Take a taxi from Zürich to Lucerne 32.7 miles

$220 - $270

Drive  •  37 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lucerne 32.7 miles

$6 - $10

Uber  •  37 min

  1. Take an Uber from Zürich to Lucerne 32.7 miles

$95 - $140

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Lucerne is to rideshare which costs SFr 3 and takes 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Lucerne is to taxi which costs SFr 220 - SFr 270 and takes 37 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Luzern. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Luzern. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 45 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Lucerne is 40 km. The road distance is 52.3 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 45 min and costs SFr 23 - SFr 45.

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The train from Zürich HB to Luzern takes 45 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Zürich to Lucerne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lucerne is to train which takes 45 min and costs SFr 23 - SFr 45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 7 - SFr 18 and takes 4 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 24.8 miles
  • Duration: 45 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Lucerne, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Lucerne hourly. Tickets cost $23 - $45 and the journey takes 45 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Lucerne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $11 - $18 and the journey takes 4 h 10 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
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
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 Zurich to Luzern
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $18
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 Zürich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Ouibus
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Zurigo to Lucerna
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Zurich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Uber Zurich
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Zürich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$95 - $140
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uber.com
UberX
$95 - $140
Black
$190 - $270
Taxi from Zürich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$220 - $270
Taxi 7x7
Phone
+41 44 777 77 77
Website
taxi7x7.ch
Taxi 444 AG
Phone
+41 44 444 44 44
Website
taxi444.ch
Taxi Frei AG
Phone
+41 44 363 22 66
Website
taxi-frei.ch

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Zürich to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Luzern station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Lucerne is 52 km. It takes approximately 37 min to drive from Zürich to Lucerne.

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Book your Zürich to Lucerne bus tickets online with FlixBus and Distribusion.

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

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Zürich and Lucerne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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