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Essen - Lucerne Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 236 daily trains from Essen to Lucerne. Traveling by train from Essen to Lucerne usually takes around 7 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 5 hours and 48 minutes.

Distance310 mi (499 km)
Fastest train5h 48m
Lowest price$82.42
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Essen to Lucerne?

There are 4 train lines with service from Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia to Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 224 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity19h 5m$82.42
DB Intercity-Express46h 47m$156.26
Deutsche Bahn2247h 41m$152.55
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company218h 16m$154.53

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Essen to Lucerne during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Essen to Lucerne?

The distance between Essen and Lucerne is approximately 310 miles, or 499 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 48 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Essen to Lucerne are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Essen at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Essen to Lucerne?

There are 236 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Lucerne to Essen. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Essen to Lucerne for $35.77.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Essen?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Essen where you can board the train.

Train stations in Essen:

  • Essen Hbf

  • Essen-Dellwig Ost

  • Essen-Kupferdreh

  • Essen-Hügel

  • Essen-Werden

  • Essen-Steele

  • Essen-Eiberg

  • Kettwig

  • Essen-Steele Ost

  • Essen-Zollverein Nord

  • Essen-Borbeck Süd

  • Essen-Borbeck

  • Essen-Überruhr

  • Essen-Kray Nord

Where is the train station in Lucerne?

Arrival stations

Lucerne has one train station.

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