Planning a trip from Zurich to Lucerne? While they’re not far by car, driving on unfamiliar roads can be stressful. And who knows what kind of painful parking situation you’ll face at the other end? Hop on an InterRegio (IR) train – SBB’s long-distance train connecting different regions – from Zurich to Lucerne and you can be in the pretty Swiss town in just 45 minutes.
Swiss rail operator SBB runs direct services between these two cities every day, with plenty of timing options to choose from. Take a day trip to enjoy the stunning views of Lake Lucerne, or simply spend your time strolling through the quaint town centre. You’ll also enjoy picturesque Swiss views along the way.
Check out all the available train times for this route below, as well as essential information in the FAQs.
|Journey time||From 45m|
|Distance||25 miles (40 km)|
|Frequency||57 trains per day|
|Departure station||Zurich Hb|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||SBB CFF FFS,|
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).
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 Hb to Lucerne by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Lucerne is 55 minutes, with around 57 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne is 45 minutes.
Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Lucerne can start from as little as $30.03 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Lucerne without having to change trains. There are 38 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Lucerne. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zurich Hb 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.
Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Lucerne cover a distance of around 25 miles (40 km) during the journey.