Planning a trip from Basel to Lucerne? While it’s not too far to consider car travel, skip the stress of facing potential traffic and dealing with parking woes. Hop on a high-speed train from Basel to Lucerne and you’ll find yourself in the picturesque Swiss town in just an hour.
National Swiss operator SBB runs daily direct services between these two cities on their modern and comfortable trains. It’s the perfect distance for a day trip to soak in the gorgeous views of Lake Lucerne and check out the charming town centre. Settle in for an easy journey as you’re whisked past scenic Swiss views at high speeds.
Interested in finding out a little more? Scroll down for the available train times, as well as essential information in the FAQs.
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 Basel SBB 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 Basel SBB and Lucerne is 1 hour and 14 minutes, with around 36 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 Basel SBB to Lucerne is 1 hour and 2 minutes.
Train tickets from Basel SBB to Lucerne can start from as little as €8.91 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 Basel SBB to Lucerne without having to change trains. There are 35 direct trains from Basel SBB to Lucerne. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Basel SBB to Lucerne leaves at 00:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Basel SBB 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.
Trains travelling from Basel SBB to Lucerne cover a distance of around 48 miles (78 km) during the journey.