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Lucerne to Interlaken by train

  • First train
    06:05
  • Last train
    18:06
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 48m
  • Distance
    52 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    25
  • Avg. journey time
    1hr 49m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Lucerne to Interlaken by train

Fast trains from Lucerne to Interlaken take around 1 hour and 48 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 52 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Lucerne and Interlaken.

1. Are there direct trains from Lucerne to Interlaken?

Direct trains from Lucerne to Interlaken have been found.

We usually find around 25 direct trains on the route from Lucerne to Interlaken every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 26 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Lucerne to Interlaken?

The Lucerne to Interlaken train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 48 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Lucerne to Interlaken train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Interlaken is usually scheduled to depart Lucerne around 06:05 and the last train is around 18:06. This is the same at the weekend.

When to book Lucerne to Interlaken train tickets?

Trains in Switzerland usually open for booking around 2 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Lucerne to Interlaken by train.

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Which train companies operate between Lucerne and Interlaken?

More than one train company operates on the route from Lucerne to Interlaken, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Goldenpass Line
  • InterCity
  • Intercités
  • Interregio
  • Trein/train

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Interlaken to Lucerne by train

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For lovers of Swiss lakes and mountains, this route is two hours of sheer heaven. It's a journey that many make as a one-day round trip from one end of the route (ie. from either Lucerne or from Interlaken). For other travellers, it is the first stage of the longer Golden Pass route that continues beyond Interlaken via Spiez, Zweisimmen and Gstaad to Montreux - on the shore of Lake Geneva.

Fares on the direct trains from Lucerne to Interlaken are fixed. It makes no difference whether you book well in advance or simply pay on the day of travel. Although it's a private operator running the route, the full range of passes are accepted including Eurail, Interrail and Swiss Pass.

Golden Pass route

For lovers of Swiss lakes and mountains, this route is two hours of sheer heaven. It's a journey that many make as a one-day round trip from either end of the route (ie. from either Lucerne or from Interlaken). For other travellers, it is the first stage of the longer Golden Pass routes that continues beyond Interlaken via Spiez, Zweisimmen and Gstaad to Montreux - on the shore of Lake Geneva.

Fares on the direct trains from Lucerne to Interlaken are fixed. It makes no difference whether you book well in advance or simply pay on the day of travel. Although it's a private operator running the route, the full range of passes are accepted including Eurail, Interrail and Swiss Pass.

Lucerne to Interlaken Ost

Hourly direct trains run from Lucerne (Luzern in German) to Interlaken. This journey of a little under two hours rates as one of the finest short journeys in the Alps. All trains on this route are run by a private Swiss rail operator called Zentralbahn; they are branded as InterRegio (IR) services. But they are definitely a cut above the average IR train. Very modern trains are used on the route, with huge glass windows affording glorious views of the passing scenery. There is an on-board bistro serving snacks, light meals and some excellent Swiss wines.

Departure from Lucerne is through a series of tunnels, but soon we are above ground again, skirting the Sarnersee as the hills close in. The railway climbs steeply to the summit of Brunig Pass, from where it's downhill to Meiringen where the train reverses its direction of travel. From Meiringen, opt for a seat on the left for lovely lake views on the run west, skirting the north shore of the Brienzersee, to Interlaken. Most trains on the route from Lucerne to Interlaken makes seven intermediate stops. A handful of services make as many as ten stops.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.