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Taking the train from Basel to Lucerne

Planning a trip from Basel to Lucerne? While it’s not too far to consider car travel, skip the stress of facing potential traffic and dealing with parking woes. Hop on a high-speed train from Basel to Lucerne and you’ll find yourself in the picturesque Swiss town in just an hour.

National Swiss operator SBB runs daily direct services between these two cities on their modern and comfortable trains. It’s the perfect distance for a day trip to soak in the gorgeous views of Lake Lucerne and check out the charming town centre. Settle in for an easy journey as you’re whisked past scenic Swiss views at high speeds.

Interested in finding out a little more? Scroll down for the available train times, as well as essential information in the FAQs.

Basel SBB to Lucerne by train

It takes an average of 1h 19m to travel from Basel SBB to Lucerne by train, over a distance of around 48 miles (78 km). There are normally 56 trains per day travelling from Basel SBB to Lucerne and tickets for this journey start from $17.66 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 02m
PriceFrom $17.66
Distance48 miles (78 km)
Frequency56 trains per day
Departure stationBasel SBB
Arrival stationLucerne
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Basel SBB to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel SBB to Lucerne for Tuesday Dec 1st 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:17 13:30 1h 13m, direct
12:28 13:55 1h 27m, 1 change
13:03 14:05 1h 02m, direct
13:17 14:30 1h 13m, direct
13:28 14:55 1h 27m, 1 change
14:03 15:05 1h 02m, direct
14:17 15:30 1h 13m, direct
14:28 15:55 1h 27m, 1 change
15:03 16:05 1h 02m, direct
15:17 16:30 1h 13m, direct

Cheap train tickets from Basel SBB to Lucerne

Train tickets from Basel SBB to Lucerne start at $17.66 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around $17.66.
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Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Basel SBB to Lucerne by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Basel SBB to Lucerne

Want to know more about your journey from Basel SBB to Lucerne? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Basel SBB to Lucerne take?

The average journey time by train between Basel SBB and Lucerne is 1 hour and 19 minutes, with around 56 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Basel SBB and Lucerne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel SBB to Lucerne is 1 hour and 2 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel SBB to Lucerne cost?

Train tickets from Basel SBB to Lucerne can start from as little as $17.66 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Basel SBB to Lucerne?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel SBB to Lucerne without having to change trains. There are 36 direct trains from Basel SBB to Lucerne each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Basel SBB to Lucerne leave?

The first train from Basel SBB to Lucerne leaves at 00:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Basel SBB to Lucerne leave?

The last train from Basel SBB to Lucerne leaves at 23:01. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Basel SBB and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Basel SBB to Lucerne cover a distance of around 48 miles (78 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lucerne to Basel SBB.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Basel SBB to Lucerne for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/01/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 01/14/2020 for travel on 01/15/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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