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Travelling from Paris to Lucerne by train

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!

Ready to book? Search from times and tickets above, or keep reading for FAQs about the journey below.

Paris to Lucerne by train

It takes an average of 7h 51m to travel from Paris to Lucerne by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (487 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Paris to Lucerne and tickets for this journey start from €41 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 35m
Price€41 - €297
Distance303 miles (487 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationLucerne
Changes1 change
Train and bus operators

Paris to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Lucerne for Friday 29th May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:51 Paris Gare de Lyon12:30 LuzernTGV INOUI 6701 SNCF Get tickets5h 39m, 2 changes
07:20 Paris Gare de l’Est13:30 LuzernTGV INOUI 9561 SNCF Get tickets6h 10m, 2 changes
07:28 Paris Gare de l’Est14:30 LuzernTGV INOUI 2801 SNCF Get tickets7h 02m, 3 changes
08:18 Paris Gare de Lyon15:01 LuzernTGV Duplex Lyria 9763 SNCF Get tickets6h 43m, 1 change
11:21 Paris Gare de Lyon16:30 LuzernTGV INOUI 6705 SNCF Get tickets5h 09m, 2 changes
12:20 Paris Gare de Lyon17:05 LuzernTGV Duplex Lyria 9213 SNCF Get tickets4h 45m, 1 change
13:55 Paris Gare de l’Est18:30 LuzernTGV INOUI 9575 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 35m, 2 changes
14:09 Paris Gare de l’Est20:30 LuzernTGV INOUI 2509 SNCF Get tickets6h 21m, 3 changes
14:17 Paris Gare de Lyon21:01 LuzernTGV Duplex Lyria 9775 SNCF Get tickets6h 44m, 1 change
15:54 Paris Gare de l’Est21:30 LuzernTGV INOUI 9577 SNCF Get tickets5h 36m, 2 changes

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Lucerne

Train tickets from Paris to Lucerne start at €41 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €173.03.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price149.44
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price163.46
on the day
avg. single price173.03

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 Paris 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Paris 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 Paris to Lucerne take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Paris and Lucerne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Lucerne is 4 hours and 35 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Lucerne cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Paris to Lucerne?

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.

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

The first train from Paris to Lucerne leaves at 07:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between Paris and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Lucerne cover a distance of around 303 miles (487 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lucerne to Paris.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Lucerne for a typical week day using timetable data for 29/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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