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How To Reach Lucerne

Planning A Trip To Lucerne? Here are some guidelines on how to reach Lucerne

Lucerne is a busy town situated in Central Switzerland and is the most populous city in that region. Like most Swiss cities, Lucerne too has landscapes galore as it is situated near Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi - so you can get the glorious swiss alps in all its glory, and the lake Lucerne and river Reuss also make for some picturesque backdrops. Since Lucerne is closer to the German border than the French, the common language here is a local dialect of German. The best way to reach Lucerne is by train from Zurich as there is no airport at Lucerne.

By Air

By Air:  How To Reach Lucerne
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There are no direct flights to Lucerne as the town does not have an airport! The nearest airport is at Zurich, which is 55km away. From Zurich, there are multiple modes of transport you can take to reach Lucerne. There are hourly trains at the airport itself that take you to Lucerne in 45-60 minutes.


Travelling from India is easy as there are many flights to Zurich. There are daily direct flights via Swiss Air and also plenty of other airlines that fly you to Zurich with stops-overs.

By Rail

By Rail:  How To Reach Lucerne
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Lucerne railway station is situated at the heart of the city and is a major hub of the Swiss rail network. Since Lucerne does not have an airport, tourists reach this city mainly through trains that are conveniently timed throughout the day and connect Lucerne with all major cities of Switzerland. From Zurich, there are trains every hour to Lucerne that take only about 45-60 minutes. From Bern, the trains take about 1 hour to reach Lucerne.

By Road

By Road:  How To Reach Lucerne
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Lucerne is 52km from Zurich, which is a short distance and can be covered easily by road in about 45 minutes. Note that while the driving may be easy, finding public parking space can be difficult and expensive! If you are looking for public transport like buses, Lucerne is well connected with Basel and Ticino with daily routes. There are also many international buses from nearby European cities that come all the way to Lucerne. However, for long-distance, using the train would be a better option. The bus terminal at Lucerne is located close to the Railway Station.

Getting Around

Getting Around:  How To Reach Lucerne
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Lucerne is not a very large town and the main town centre, which has some places of interest, can be explored on foot - or if you don't want to walk at all, you can use public transport. Since parking is a big hassle, it is best not to use private cars, unless you have a driver, but even then it can get expensive sometimes. There are convenient day passes for buses that will suit your needs to explore the town. Some hotels also give you a free pass if you stay at their hotel! Taxis are available but are quite expensive. Bikes are another fun way to get around Lucerne and the city is very safe for bicyclists.

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