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Zürich to Lucerne by train

It takes an average of 52m to travel from Zürich to Lucerne by train, over a distance of around 25 miles (40 km). There are normally 41 trains per day travelling from Zürich to Lucerne and tickets for this journey start from $8.45 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 41m
PriceFrom $8.45
Distance25 miles (40 km)
Frequency41 trains per day
First train00:08
Last train23:35
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationLucerne
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Zürich to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Lucerne for martedì feb 23º 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:10 12:51 41m, direct
12:35 13:25 50m, direct
13:10 13:51 41m, direct
13:35 14:25 50m, direct
14:10 14:51 41m, direct
14:35 15:25 50m, direct
15:10 15:51 41m, direct
15:35 16:25 50m, direct
16:10 16:51 41m, direct
16:35 17:25 50m, direct

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Lucerne

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Lucerne starts at $8.45 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 Zürich 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 Zürich to Lucerne

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

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Lucerne is 52 minutes, with around 41 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 Zürich and Lucerne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Lucerne is 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Lucerne cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Lucerne can start from as little as $8.45 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 Zürich to Lucerne?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zürich to Lucerne without having to change trains. There are 39 direct trains from Zürich 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 Zürich to Lucerne leave?

The first train from Zürich to Lucerne leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zürich 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 Zürich and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Lucerne cover a distance of around 25 miles (40 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lucerne to Zürich.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Lucerne for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/23/2021. 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 04/03/2019 for travel on 04/03/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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