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Lucerne to Basel by train

The journey from Lucerne to Basel by train is 49.16 mi and takes 2 hr 20 min. There are 45 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:27 AM and the last at 9:54 PM. It is possible to travel from Lucerne to Basel by train for as little as $5.89 or as much as $29.34. The best price for this journey is $5.89.

Lowest Price$5.89
Journey Duration2 hr 20 min
Connection per Day45
Lowest Price$5.89
Highest Price$29.34
First Departure12:27 AM
Last Departure9:54 PM
Distance49.16 mi
DepartureLucerne
ArrivalBasel
CarriersSBB, TGV Lyria

Lucerne to Basel Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Travel from Lucerne to Basel by train

The train ride from Lucerne to Basel lasts on average 2 hr 20 min. Around 45 trains depart a day between Lucerne and Basel. The average price is $17.87, and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $5.89.

The train journey from Lucerne to Basel is operated by the Swiss national company SBB. The train journey is short and sweet, thanks to comfortable trains and the breathtaking scenery of the Swiss countryside. Eurocity and Intercity are two services that connect the two cities. 

Intercity is a train service that operates within Suises borders. You can purchase Economy and First Class seats. All classes guarantee free WiFi and power sockets, while in First Class, you can enjoy a quiet area, extra luggage space, and fold-down tables.

Eurocity is an international train service that offers Economy and First Class seats. You can enjoy free WiFi, Air conditioning, and power sockets, and in First Class, passengers can stretch their legs with extra legroom and a meal brought to their seats.

The Lucerne terminal station has seven platforms and is easy to navigate. Underneath the station is a shopping center, and the whole station is accessible and features ATMs, ticket counters, and information desks. Local buses serve the bus station next to the terminal. Since it is next to the lake, you can also take one of many boats to reach your destination.

You will complete your journey at Basel SBB station, the central station in the city. The platforms are divided into those serving the local S-bahn lines (1 to 3), main platforms (4-17) primarily serving fast trains like TGV and ICE, and Basel SCNF serving French regional trains. The station features plenty of ATMs, luggage lockers, and a good choice of places to grab something to eat.

 You can explore the charming old town area within walking distance from the station, with its cobblestone streets and historic architecture. If you are in the mood for art, we recommend the Kunstmuseum Basel, a world-renowned art museum featuring classic and contemporary works. For a bit of nature, head to the Rhine River, which runs through the city and offers lovely views and plenty of walking trails. 

So if you plan to travel from Lucerne to Basel by train, let us help you plan it. We check thousands of rail, bus, and flight destinations to help you find the best price. Check out our handy price calendar below, where you can see the best prices across all modes of transport from ucerne to Basel.

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Cheap train tickets from Lucerne to Basel
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Lucerne to Basel.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Lucerne to Basel, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Lucerne to Basel.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $9.55 to $22.82 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 58% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Lucerne to Basel

The cheapest Lucerne - Basel train tickets can be found for as low as $12.24 if you’re lucky, or $18.80 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $28.48.

Find the best day to travel to Basel by train

When travelling to Basel by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

Swiss Federal Railways, or SBB, is the country's railroad organization. All around Switzerland, SBB offers passenger rail services with connections to nations including Germany, Austria, Italy, and France. SBB provides a range of train services, including high-speed trains, regional trains, and international trains, and offers different classes of service, from standard seating to luxurious sleeper cabins.

TGV Lyria is a high-speed train service that operates between France and Switzerland. It is a joint venture between the French national railway company SNCF and SBB, the Swiss national railway company. TGV Lyria trains operate on several routes between major cities in France and Switzerland, including Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Basel, and Bern. The trains are known for their high speed, with some routes reaching speeds of up to 320 km/h (200 mph), making them one of the fastest trains in Europe.

Ticket types and facilities from Lucerne to Basel

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by TGV Lyria when traveling from Lucerne to Basel.

Standard

STANDARD ticket provides an affordable 2nd class journey experience with three levels of exchange and refund flexibility - full, partial, and no flexibility - on all France - Switzerland international routes.
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air_con Air conditioning
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Standard 1ère

STANDARD 1ÈRE ticket provides a value-for-money first-class journey with flexibility and access to all trains, available on all international routes between France and Switzerland.
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luggage Luggage
accessibility Accessibility
food_and_drink Food and drink
air_con Air conditioning
bicycle Bicycle

Business 1ère

BUSINESS 1ÈRE caters to passengers seeking a luxurious travel experience, with flexibility, tailored amenities and services, and is available on specific routes during weekdays and select times on Sundays.
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quiet_zone Quiet zone
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luggage Luggage
accessibility Accessibility
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air_con Air conditioning
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Facility Description

Find out more about the different facilities available onboard with each carrier on this route.

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Connect to _WIFI_LYRIA for free WiFi and access the TGV Lyria Portal via your browser.
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A quiet car exclusive to TGV Lyria BUSINESS 1ERE, perfect for focused work or relaxation.
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Carriages are air-conditioned, with air filtered every three minutes and fully refreshed every nine minutes.
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All seats in both classes have 2-pin, 230v power sockets for laptops and mobiles.
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On TGV Lyria trains, you can bring hand luggage that's easy to carry and fits neatly in the designated spaces. This ensures everyone has room for their belongings and can enjoy a smooth ride
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First Class carriages 1 or 11 have 2 seats for passengers with reduced mobility. Book these seats in advance, or a standard seat if they're taken. Station assistance for wheelchair storage is available upon request.
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On TGV Lyria trains, choose between 'Le Deli' available in the café-bar or at your seat with a STANDARD ticket, and 'La Table' for a French-Swiss meal with a BUSINESS 1ÈRE ticket.
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On TGV Lyria trains, you're welcome to bring a variety of items with you. This includes folded bikes (no larger than 130 x 90 cm), kids' pushchairs, skis, foldable scooters (both electric and manual), surf and snowboards, encased musical instruments, and wheelchairs (manual or electric) for those with mobility challenges.
Services on board SBB, TGV Lyria and FlixBus from Lucerne to Basel
Compare services on board when travelling from Lucerne to Basel by train.
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Lucerne to Basel CO2 Emissions by Train

Ecology
Train
5.54kg
Bus
5.93kg
Flight
15.82kg
Car
12.66kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Lucerne to Basel by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Lucerne and Basel are 5.54kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Lucerne and Basel? By taking the train between Lucerne and Basel you will save 10.28kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.39kg compared to a bus and 7.12kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Lucerne to Basel?
A train ticket from Lucerne to Basel is $17.87. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $5.89.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Lucerne to Basel?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Lucerne to Basel is $5.89. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Lucerne and Basel by train?
Lucerne to Basel is 49.16 mi.
How long does the train between Lucerne and Basel take?
Lucerne to Basel is on average 2 hr 20 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 hr 2 min.
Which companies operate from Lucerne to Basel?
The train journey from Lucerne to Basel is covered by 2 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: SBB, TGV Lyria and FlixBus.
How many train connections per day go from Lucerne to Basel?
Lucerne to Basel has 45 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Lucerne to Basel leave?
The earliest train from Lucerne to Basel departs at 12:27 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Lucerne to Basel depart?
The latest train from Lucerne to Basel departs at 9:54 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Lucerne to Basel in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $5.89 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Lucerne to Basel?
There are on average 12 direct connection(s) from Lucerne to go to Basel.
What's the fastest journey time between Lucerne to Basel by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Lucerne and Basel is 1 hr 2 min.
Is there a direct train from Lucerne to Basel?
Yes, there is a direct train between Lucerne and Basel.
What are the CO2 emissions for Lucerne to Basel by train?
The train journey from Lucerne to Basel creates 5.54kg of CO2 emissions.

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