Lucerne Transportation

  • Inside a train (upstairs)
    Inside a train (upstairs)
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    By train, of course!

    by leics Written Jun 30, 2013

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    The Swiss railway system has an extensive network. Its trains (some of which have an upstairs and a downstairs) are efficiently run, clean, comfortable and safe.

    So why, if one is travelling to Lucerne (or any other Swiss settlement with a railway) would one wish to do anything other than use the train? Very reasonable fares, no parking hassle, no driving stress and no worry about where/how to buy fuel..... :-)

    The Swiss railway website in English is extremely easy to use and, if oyu are not used to railway travel, you'll find stations easy to use as well. There are large displays at tation entrances which tell you which trains are going where, at what time and from which platform. And each platform also has its own small electronic displays telling you what train is standing there or expected, where it is going and where it stops. You would have to try very hard indeed to get on the wrong train!

    Ticket machines are easy to use and have English language options. They accept cash and give change and I'm sure they accept chipped cards as well. I can't speak for unchipped cards, because they are no longer the norm in Europe, but ticket office staff are efficient, courteous and will have at least adequate English.

    I went to Lucerne by train from Zurich. There are lots of trains each way throughout the day and into the evening, so it is easy to make a good daytrip. And it was a very comfortable and relaxing journey which allowed me to see some of the Swiss countryside.

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    Train from the aiport

    by Maryimelda Written Jun 25, 2013
    Lucerne Hauptbahnhof looking out.

    Getting to Lucerne from the airport in Zurich is quite simple if you choose to go by train. The trains are quite frequent (at least one per hour, sometimes more) and there are even quite a few which go directly to Lucerne with no need to change at the Hauptbahnhof in Zurich. Duration of the journey is a little over one hour. No fuss or bother whatsoever.

    Just buy your ticket at the booth at the Airport Station.

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    The steepest in the world

    by Maryimelda Written Feb 23, 2012

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    I really feel that the cog wheel railway to Mt Pilatus from Apnachstad deserves a mention all of its own as it is a fascinating means of transport.

    Cog wheel railways were adopted by the Swiss many many years ago when they saw how well they worked in the US. They are also known as rack railways and simply put, run on sharp teeth rather than smooth wheels. The Pilatus train climbs the mountain at a gradient of 48 degrees which believe me, is very steep indeed. I have a fear of heights normally and thought that I would have to close my eyes all the way to the top, but once the train moved off, I was so taken by the breathtaking scenery that was all around that I forgot about being scared and finally realised that I wasn't scared anyway.

    I would recommend this form of transport to anyone not only when travelling up Mt Pilatus but anywhere else that you find one as well. It's a magnificent experience.

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    CAR PARKING

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2011

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    We arrived in Lucerne by Car, and straight away started looking for a car park. We found one, but it was only a 20min park, so that was not long enough.
    BEWARE if you do use these parks, do not overstay your time, as we saw plenty of Parking Officer's and car's with ticket's in windscreens.

    We found the Kesselturm Parking Station which is only a short walk to the main part of Lucerne and the Old Town.

    It is open 24 hours a day and there are 350 parking spaces. You can pay with either swiss francs or Euro's.
    There are security camera's located around the building and regular patrols.

    We found this the best bet for parking in Lucerne
    Rates in 2011 were.......

    0.5 hrs CHF 1.50
    1.0 hours CHF 3.0
    2.0 hours CHF 4.5
    3.0 hours CHF 6.0
    4.0 hours CHF 7.5
    5.0 hours CHF 9.0
    6.0 hours CHF 10.0
    7.0 hours CHF 12.0

    The parking garage is Kesselturm 200 meters from the highway exit away, "Luzern-Zentrum".
    The pedestrian area of ​​Old Town is easily reached within 2 minutes walking distance.

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    Blue and White train

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 9, 2011

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    All aboard!
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    As usual I took advantage of the short but informative tour on the little train/bus thingy that I am always talking about. This one is particularly appealing and it sports a wonderful audio system in several different languages. It leaves from in front of the Schweizerhof Hotel at very regular intervals. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend it as a great way to get an overview of Lucerne before you start exploring in depth.

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    Transport to Verkehrshaus

    by iammon Updated Nov 10, 2010

    From the train station it takes 8 minutes with the train (S3 or Voralpenexpress) Stop is called "Luzern Verkehrshaus"
    Schedule www.sbb.ch

    Or 10 minutes by Bus Nr. 6, 8 or 24 til stop "Verkehrshaus"
    Schedule www.vbl.ch

    Or 10 minutes by ship (only March - October)
    Schedule: www.lakelucerne.ch

    Or on a nice day walk along the lake (approx. 30 minutes)

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    TRAVEL BY TRAINS

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 14, 2009

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    With one of the best train systems in the world, travelling by train around the country is a real pleasure as depending on your location you will get a chance to travel in a real variety of them as we did. Intercity fast speed trains, narrow gauge toy like trains etc., etc., We even got a chance to travel on a German ICE (Inter city express) train on one of trips. Travelling by train is reasonably cheap and lets you enjoy the scenery better than travelling by car, for example. The trains are very frequent. The information regarding any doubt that can arise can be solved at the travel offices at any station which in turn are extremely organized and the people are trained for making the traveler really comfortable and well attended, a great experience indeed.

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    BAGGAGE LOCKERS

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 14, 2009

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    bright blue louggage lockers

    At practically any railway station in ( for not mentioning at all, because I have not been to all of them ) I did see baggage lockers at one of the platforms. They are bright blue in color and clearly visible. The cost around 6 swiss francs and are very practical in case you are in transit and want to have a look around any town or for keeping your bags for a longer period of time. During our stop in Lucerne en route to Interlaken, we did use them and were able to visit the city free of any luggage, ideal of course.

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    FROM LUCERNE TO INTERLAKEN

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 3, 2009

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    Lucerne station - the golden pass panoramic train

    From the very little bit that I have seen of Switzerland, the most fascinating views were on the route from Lucerne to Interlaken. From various tips that I had picked up from fellow VT´ers ( thanks guys ) I took the Golden Pass Panoramic train. This is a journey that lasted 2 hours which passed so very quickly as the views were simply fantastic. The windows of this train have more glass that allows better panoramic views. If you happen to travel first class part of the ceiling of the wagon are also of glass, however its just good in second class. Very comfortable and great service on board.

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    Tell-Pass

    by iammon Written Jul 29, 2009

    7 Day pass for 158.- includes 2 free ride days
    15 day pass for 210.- includes 5 free ride days

    on the additional trips you save 50% of the fare

    So if you intend to use the boats, trains and arial tramways and so on a lot it might be a good deal.

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    Golden Pass Express To Lucerne

    by riorich55 Updated May 12, 2009

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    The Village, the Lake, the Mountain
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    On our last full day in Switzerland we first took the local train from our base in Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken and then caught the Golden Pass Express train to Lucerne. This peaceful 1 1/2 hour trip gave us a glimpse at the Swiss countryside as it moved slowly by us. It would be great sometime in the future to hop on a bike and just glide through all the small villages we passed through.

    One of the interesting things I noticed at one of the last stops before we arrived in Lucerne was the true efficiency of the Swiss train system. If you take a look near the end of this TRAVEL VIDEO of our train trip from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne we pull out of the town of Hergiswil just as the second hand on the clock sweeps past the 12.

    The four photos I have here were from that trip. The top of the windows pulled down so that we were able to take some fairly decent photos and the aforementioned video.

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  • Fluelen to Lucerne by Train

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Jun 10, 2008
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    To return to our hotel (Hirschen) in the town of Fluelen, we took the train from the main railway station in Lucerne. The train left at 8:21pm and got to the Fluelen stop at 9:17pm. There were other departure times that required train connections, but we opted for the direct route and thus, chose to leave at 8:21pm.

    A ticket costs 19.00 CHF per person (a little expensive for a one-way ride to a not-so-far destination). Nevertheless, it was a great mode of transport to and from Fluelen that provided a comfortable and scenic ride.

    Fluelen is a quiet and charming village on the southwest side of Lake Lucerne with not much activty going on, so you'd definitely want to take the train about. There's also a boat that runs from Fluelen to Old Town Lucerne, but the hotel desk clerk informed me that the boat ride takes approximately three hours to complete.

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    Swiss Rail

    by pure1942 Updated May 10, 2008

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    Lucerne (like all of Switzerland) has excellent rail connections from and to locations throughout the country. The main station (Bahnhof) is located right in the centre of the town on the sountern bank of Lake Lucerne. You can buy you tickets from the ticket office or skip the queue and buy them at the automatic touch screen ticket machines located downstairs (very easy to use). Cash and/or Cards can be used in the machines

    From Basel you have hourly non-stop trains leaving at 4 minutes past the hour and takes an hour and 10 minutes. 2nd Class One Way is CHF 31

    From Zurich you have twice hourly non-stop trains leaving at 4 minutes past and 35 minutes past the hour and takes 45 minutes. 2nd Class One Way is CHF 23

    From Interlaken you have hourly non-stop trains leaving at 4 minutes past the hour and takes 2 hours. 2nd Class One Way costs CHF 30

    From Geneva you have hourly non-stop trains leaving at 10 minutes past the hour and takes just under 3 hours. 2nd Class One Way costs CHF 70

    From Bern you have hourly non-stop trains leaving on the hour and 37 minutes past the hour and takes between an hour or an hour and 30 minutes. 2nd Class One Way costs CHF 31

    For more destinations check the Swiss rail website (link below)

    BTW When I say 4 minutes past the hour I mean 4 minutes past the hour. The Swiss Rail System is unbelievably punctual!

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    Getting to Pilatus from Kriens

    by Dyesebel Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    There are 2ways of getting to Pilatus Kulm, you can either take the cable car or cogwheel or you can simply combine them both;) If you take the cable car, you'll have to get the Bus No. 1 from Lucerne's Mainstation and get off "Linde/Pilatus".From there,a 10mins walk to the Cable Car Station.Then transfer from "Fräkmüntegg" to Pilatus Kulm by panoramic gondolas.

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    Getting to Mt. Pilatus from Alpnachstad

    by Dyesebel Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    It's another way of getting to Pilatus Kulm,from Lucerne Mainstation,take the boat to Alpnachstad in Pier No. 2 the journey is approx. 90mins.When you get to Alpnachstad,the journey continues by riding on the world's steepest cogwheel railway,or in german "Zahnradbahn".
    The views are absolutely breathtaking!
    If you want to experience both journeys,just simply ask in any SBB counter for "golden roundtrip ticket to Pilatus".You can either start your journey with the cable car then cogwheel and ship when going back to Lucerne or vice versa.

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