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About the train journey from Geneva to Lucerne

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The train from Geneva to Lucerne usually takes 14 hours 4 minutes on average to travel 118 miles (190 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 9 hours 34 minutes. You can expect to find 20 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren’t any direct services running between Geneva and Lucerne, you’ll need to make 2 changes on your way to Lucerne. SBB are the main train operator on this route and will whisk you to Lucerne in no time.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Geneva to Lucerne in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save!

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Lucerne, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you’re ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Geneva to Lucerne by train

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Last train


Departure station


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Journey time

From 9h 34m


118 miles (190 km)


20 trains per day


2 changes

Train and bus operators


SBB trains from Geneva to Lucerne

You can travel from Geneva 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 Geneva 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 Geneva 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Geneva and Lucerne is 14 hours and 4 minutes, with around 20 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 Geneva and Lucerne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Lucerne is 9 hours and 34 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Geneva to Lucerne?

No, there are no direct train services from Geneva to Lucerne. Travelling from Geneva to Lucerne by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from Geneva to Lucerne leaves at 07:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Geneva to Lucerne leaves at 21:15. 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 Geneva and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Geneva to Lucerne cover a distance of around 118 miles (190 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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