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Take the train from Basel to Lucerne in 1 hour 2 minutes

If you want to travel from Basel to Lucerne by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Basel to Lucerne by train to take around 1 hour 18 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 1 hour 2 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 55 trains per day running on this route, which spans 79 km. There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Lucerne. SBB trains are the main operator of services on this route, so you're likely to travel with them for all or at least part of your journey to Lucerne.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Basel to Lucerne start from $9.88 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Basel to Lucerne by train

It takes an average of 1h 18m to travel from Basel to Lucerne by train, over a distance of around 49 miles (79 km). There are normally 55 trains per day traveling from Basel to Lucerne and tickets for this journey start from $9.88 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 2m
PriceFrom $9.88
Distance49 miles (79 km)
Frequency55 trains per day
First train00:04
Last train22:58
Departure stationBasel
Arrival stationLucerne
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Basel to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel to Lucerne for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:03 12:05 1h 2m, direct
11:16 12:30 1h 14m, direct
11:28 12:55 1h 27m, 1 change
12:03 13:05 1h 2m, direct
12:16 13:30 1h 14m, direct
12:28 13:55 1h 27m, 1 change
13:03 14:05 1h 2m, direct
13:16 14:30 1h 14m, direct
13:28 14:55 1h 27m, 1 change
14:03 15:05 1h 2m, direct

SBB trains from Basel to Lucerne

You can travel from Basel to Lucerne on SBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Cheap train tickets from Basel to Lucerne

The price of train tickets from Basel to Lucerne starts at $9.88 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 to Lucerne

Want to know more about your journey from Basel 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 to Lucerne take?

The average journey time by train between Basel and Lucerne is 1 hour and 18 minutes, with around 55 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 and Lucerne by train?

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

How much does the train from Basel to Lucerne cost?

Train tickets from Basel to Lucerne can start from as little as $9.88 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 to Lucerne?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel to Lucerne without having to change trains. There are 36 direct trains from Basel 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 to Lucerne leave?

The first train from Basel to Lucerne leaves at 00:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Basel to Lucerne leaves at 22:58. 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 and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Basel to Lucerne cover a distance of around 49 miles (79 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lucerne to Basel.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Basel to Lucerne for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. 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 04/02/2019 for travel on 04/02/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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