Skip the stress of road traffic and the inconvenience of airport transfers by travelling from Paris to Lucerne by train. There are no direct trains, but with just one change along the way, you could be sitting by the sparkling Lake Lucerne in just under five hours.
Of course, a route from Paris to Lucerne (Switzerland) is nice and scenic, and you’ll be taken from the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities to one of the prettiest Swiss towns in great comfort. Want to travel in style? Enhance your train trip by booking First Class tickets with operators such as TGV Lyria.
Once you arrive into Lucerne, we’d recommend heading for Kapellbrucke (meaning Chapel Bridge in English) if you’re a first-time visitor to the city. This iconic bridge is covered in unique paintings depicting the city’s history and also offers beautiful views into Lake Lucern. Plus, it’s only a five-minute walk from the station!
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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 Paris 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 Paris and Lucerne is 7 hours and 51 minutes, with around 15 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 Paris to Lucerne is 4 hours and 35 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Lucerne can start from as little as €41 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Paris to Lucerne. Travelling from Paris to Lucerne by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Paris to Lucerne leaves at 07:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Lucerne leaves at 20:40. 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 Paris to Lucerne cover a distance of around 303 miles (487 km) during the journey.