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About the train journey from Geneva to Lucerne

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The train from Geneva to Lucerne usually takes 3 hours 19 minutes on average to travel 118 miles (190 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 50 minutes. You can expect to find 54 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Lucerne, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. 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, as advance tickets start from €21.06.

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

It takes an average of 3h 19m to travel from Geneva to Lucerne by train, over a distance of around 118 miles (190 km). There are normally 54 trains per day travelling from Geneva to Lucerne and tickets for this journey start from €21.06 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 50m
PriceFrom €21.06
Distance118 miles (190 km)
Frequency54 trains per day
First train04:49
Last train23:20
Departure stationGeneva
Arrival stationLucerne
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Geneva to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Geneva to Lucerne for Tuesday 17th May 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:42 14:58 3h 16m, 2 changes
11:59 15:01 3h 2m, direct
12:15 15:05 2h 50m, 1 change
12:42 15:58 3h 16m, 2 changes
12:59 16:01 3h 2m, direct
13:15 16:05 2h 50m, 1 change
13:42 16:55 3h 13m, 2 changes
13:59 17:01 3h 2m, direct
14:15 17:05 2h 50m, 1 change
14:42 17:55 3h 13m, 2 changes

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Lucerne

The price of train tickets from Geneva to Lucerne starts at €21.06 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 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.

§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.

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 3 hours and 19 minutes, with around 54 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 2 hours and 50 minutes.

How much does the train from Geneva to Lucerne cost?

Train ticket prices from Geneva to Lucerne can start from as little as €21.06 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Geneva to Lucerne?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Geneva to Lucerne without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Geneva 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 Geneva to Lucerne leave?

The first train from Geneva to Lucerne leaves at 04:49. 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 23:20. 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.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Geneva to Lucerne for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/17/2022. 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 04/14/2019 for travel on 04/14/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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