There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Lucerne by train, bus, taxi, car, rideshare, shuttle or towncar

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Recommended option

Train  •  45 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$23 - $45

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Lucerne K188

$2 - $5

5 alternative options

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

Rideshare  •  54 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Lucerne 32.4 miles

$3

Shuttle  •  45 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Zürich to Luzern Pilatusplatz

$11 - $30

Uber  •  37 min

  1. Take an Uber from Zürich to Lucerne 32.7 miles

$100 - $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 takes 37 min and costs SFr 220 - SFr 270.

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The distance between Zürich and Lucerne is 40 km. The road distance is 52 km.

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The train from Zürich HB to Luzern takes 45 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Lucerne. Services depart every 15 minutes, 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 every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 45 min.

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Lucerne every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $23 - $45 and the journey takes 45 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Lucerne twice daily. Tickets cost $3 - $5 and the journey takes 4 h 10 min.

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
Every 30 minutes
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.

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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
flixbus.co.uk
PurpleBus
Phone
+41 44 558 26 56
Email
company@purplebus.ch
Website
purplebus.ch
Shuttle from Zürich to Luzern Pilatusplatz
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $30
Schedules at
purplebus.ch
GA fare
$11 - $13
Normal
$27 - $31
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.

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 Zürich
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Zürich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Signup at
uber.com
uberX
$100 - $140
UberBlack
$200 - $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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