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Taking the train from Zurich Airport to Lucerne

Flying into Zurich Airport and looking for an easy onward journey? Take the train from Zurich to Lucerne – the train station is easy to reach from any corner of the airport and is located just below Terminal B.

With about 14 direct connections every day, you can get from Zurich Airport to Lucerne in just an hour. You’ll have plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy the mountain views. Once you get off at Lucerne station, you’ll find yourself right in the heart of the city, meaning you can easily walk or take public transport to the main landmarks with no stress.

Ready to book your train tickets? Check train times, ticket prices and useful FAQs below.

Zurich Airport to Lucerne by train

First train

12:04 am

Last train

11:45 pm

Departure station

Zurich Airport

Arrival station

Lucerne

Journey time

From 1h 3m

Distance

30 miles (48 km)

Frequency

39 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

Zurich Airport to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Airport to Lucerne for mardi juil. 16 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:48 am 11:51 am 1h 3m, 1 change
11:15 am 12:25 pm 1h 10m, 1 change
11:48 am 12:51 pm 1h 3m, 1 change
12:15 pm 1:25 pm 1h 10m, 1 change
12:48 pm 1:51 pm 1h 3m, 1 change
1:15 pm 2:25 pm 1h 10m, 1 change
1:48 pm 2:51 pm 1h 3m, 1 change
2:15 pm 3:25 pm 1h 10m, 1 change
2:48 pm 3:51 pm 1h 3m, 1 change
3:15 pm 4:25 pm 1h 10m, 1 change

SBB trains from Zurich Airport to Lucerne

You can travel from Zurich Airport 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 Zurich Airport to Lucerne

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 Zurich Airport 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.

FAQs for Zurich Airport to Lucerne

Want to know more about your journey from Zurich Airport 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 Zurich Airport to Lucerne take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Airport and Lucerne is 1 hour and 14 minutes, with around 39 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 Zurich Airport and Lucerne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Airport to Lucerne is 1 hour and 3 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Zurich Airport to Lucerne?

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

What time does the first train from Zurich Airport to Lucerne leave?

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

What time does the last train from Zurich Airport to Lucerne leave?

The last train from Zurich Airport to Lucerne leaves at 23:45. 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 Zurich Airport and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Airport to Lucerne cover a distance of around 30 miles (48 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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


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