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Traveling from Vienna to Lucerne by train

Looking to travel from Vienna to Lucerne by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 10 hours 49 minutes to travel from Vienna to Lucerne by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 8 hours 50 minutes though. You'll usually find 16 trains per day running along the 617 km route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change during the journey to Lucerne, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. You'll be traveling with ICE, SNCF or DB on your way to Lucerne, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Vienna to Lucerne start from $42.41 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Lucerne by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Vienna to Lucerne by train

It takes an average of 10h 49m to travel from Vienna to Lucerne by train, over a distance of around 384 miles (617 km). There are normally 16 trains per day traveling from Vienna to Lucerne and tickets for this journey start from $42.41 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 8h 50m


384 miles (617 km)


16 trains per day


1 change


From $42.41

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, SBB CFF FFS, Flixbus, Regiojet, Union Ivkoni (Bus), Westbahn, SNCF, Meridian

Vienna to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Vienna to Lucerne for Tuesday Mar 28th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:35 17:25 8h 50m, 1 change
09:15 18:25 9h 10m, 2 changes
10:35 19:25 8h 50m, 2 changes
11:15 20:25 9h 10m, 2 changes
12:35 21:25 8h 50m, 1 change
12:45 22:25 9h 40m, 3 changes
14:35 23:25 8h 50m, 1 change
15:35 05:51 14h 16m, 3 changes
16:35 06:51 14h 16m, 6 changes
16:35 07:05 14h 30m, 5 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, SBB and WESTbahn trains from Vienna to Lucerne

You can travel from Vienna to Lucerne on Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, SBB and WESTbahn 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.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

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).

PhotoGT1976, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

WESTbahn is Austria's first private long-distance rail company with trains running from Vienna to Salzburg via St. Pölten, Amstetten, Linz, Wels and Attnang-Puchheim. This route is one of the most important in Austria, covering a distance of around 155 miles (250 km) and a duration of about 2h 30m. The company offers many discounted fares, allows travel with pets and bicycles and has no baggage restrictions.

Cheap train tickets from Vienna to Lucerne

The price of train tickets from Vienna to Lucerne starts at $42.41 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 Vienna 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 Vienna to Lucerne

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

The average journey time by train between Vienna and Lucerne is 10 hours and 49 minutes, with around 16 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 Vienna and Lucerne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Vienna to Lucerne is 8 hours and 50 minutes.

How much does the train from Vienna to Lucerne cost?

Train tickets from Vienna to Lucerne can start from as little as $42.41 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 Vienna to Lucerne?

No, there are no direct train services from Vienna to Lucerne. Travelling from Vienna to Lucerne by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Vienna to Lucerne leave?

The first train from Vienna to Lucerne leaves at 05:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Vienna to Lucerne leaves at 23:35. 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 Vienna and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Vienna to Lucerne cover a distance of around 384 miles (617 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lucerne to Vienna.

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