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Making your way from Zurich to Lucerne by train

Planning a trip from Zurich to Lucerne? While they’re not far by car, driving on unfamiliar roads can be stressful. And who knows what kind of painful parking situation you’ll face at the other end? Hop on an InterRegio (IR) train – SBB’s long-distance train connecting different regions – from Zurich to Lucerne and you can be in the pretty Swiss town in just 45 minutes.

Swiss rail operator SBB runs direct services between these two cities every day, with plenty of timing options to choose from. Take a day trip to enjoy the stunning views of Lake Lucerne, or simply spend your time strolling through the quaint town centre. You’ll also enjoy picturesque Swiss views along the way.

Check out all the available train times for this route below, as well as essential information in the FAQs.

Zurich Hb to Lucerne by train

It takes an average of 55m to travel from Zurich Hb to Lucerne by train, over a distance of around 25 miles (40 km). There are normally 57 trains per day travelling from Zurich Hb to Lucerne and tickets for this journey start from €24.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 45m
Price€24.40
Distance25 miles (40 km)
Frequency57 trains per day
Departure stationZurich Hb
Arrival stationLucerne
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS,

Zurich Hb to Lucerne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Lucerne for lundi 6 juil. 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
11:04 Zürich HB11:49 LuzernInterregio 2621 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets45m, direct
11:10 Zürich HB12:07 LuzernEurocity 317 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets57m, 1 change
11:35 Zürich HB12:25 LuzernInterregio 2116 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets50m, direct
12:04 Zürich HB12:49 LuzernInterregio 2623 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets45m, direct
12:10 Zürich HB13:07 LuzernInterregio 2421 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets57m, 1 change
12:35 Zürich HB13:25 LuzernInterregio 2118 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets50m, direct
13:04 Zürich HB13:49 LuzernInterregio 2625 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets45m, direct
13:10 Zürich HB14:07 LuzernEurocity 319 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets57m, 1 change
13:35 Zürich HB14:25 LuzernInterregio 2120 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets50m, direct
14:04 Zürich HB14:49 LuzernInterregio 2627 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets45m, direct

SBB trains from Zurich Hb to Lucerne

You can travel from Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb to Lucerne

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Lucerne start at €24.40 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 .
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from24.40

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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb to Lucerne take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Lucerne is 55 minutes, with around 57 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 Zurich Hb and Lucerne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne is 45 minutes.

How much does the train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne cost?

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Lucerne can start from as little as €24.40 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 Zurich Hb to Lucerne?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Lucerne without having to change trains. There are 38 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Lucerne. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne leave?

The first train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne leave?

The last train from Zurich Hb to Lucerne leaves at 23:35. 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 Zurich Hb and Lucerne by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Lucerne cover a distance of around 25 miles (40 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lucerne to Zurich Hb. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Zurich Hb to Lucerne.
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 Zurich Hb to Lucerne for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/07/2020. 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 27/01/2020 for travel on 28/01/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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