Getting to Lucerne
Arriving by Plane
Lucerne is served by two main airports: Zurich International Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse.
Zurich International – also known as Kloten Airport – is the larger of the two. It is the main hub of Swiss International Air Lines, and handles approximately 700 flights a day. The airport has its own train station, on Level -2, and direct services to Lucerne run every hour. Journey time: ca. 60 minutes.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse, situated in France close to the Swiss and German borders, is a hub for Easyjet Switzerland and offers good connections to a range of European destinations. A regular shuttle bus transports passengers to Basel’s main train station. From there, direct trains run frequently to Lucerne. Journey time: ca. 60 minutes.
Berne Airport is much smaller than Zurich and Basel-Mulhouse, but does have connections to a number of European cities. Regular bus services connect the airport to the main train station (journey time: ca. 30 minutes), and trains to Lucerne run regularly. Journey time (Berne-Lucerne): ca. 60 minutes.
Geneva Airport is Switzerland’s second largest airport, and serves as a hub for both Swiss International Airlines and Easyjet Switzerland. It also has its own train station, and hourly services run directly to Lucerne. Journey time: ca. three hours.
Arriving by Train
Lucerne’s main train station is centrally located, just a short walk from the university, lake and old town. Regular services connect to all major cities in Switzerland. The Swiss rail network also provides excellent links to other major European cities, including Paris, Milan and Munich. For further information, please consult the website of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).
Arriving by Bus
Though Lucerne is not especially well-connected, providers such as flixbus do offer services that run to and from destinations in Italy, France and Germany. The main bus terminal is located at Inseliquai, just to the east of the main train station, and directly next to both the lake and the university.
Arriving by Car
The A2 motorway connects Lucerne to both Berne to the north, and the Gotthard and Italy to the south. The A14 connects Lucerne and Zurich. Please be aware that, if driving on Swiss motorways, it is compulsory to buy a so-called vignette, or Swiss motorway sticker. These cost 40 CHF and can be purchased at post offices and petrol stations. Please also be advised that parking in Lucerne can be expensive.