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Zurich-Lucerne scenic rail line A short scenic journey, taking in three lakes

Most visitors staying in Lucerne will already benefit from the views of this route as they make their way from the airport. We certainly recommend it to others, since the scenery is quite delightful. 

Travelling from north to south, you will firstly journey alongside shimmering Lake Zurich, past villages and the town of Thalwil. Leaving the lakeside, the route takes you through the countryside surrounding the Sihl river, with picturesque views. You will then reach Zug, a commercial town on the shore of another stunning lake. The train tracks the northern shore then heads down to Lucerne station, where you will catch your first glimpse of Lake Lucerne. 

The Zurich-Lucerne scenic route can be enjoyed as a day trip, or taken as part of a 2 centre holiday. This works well thanks to the easy links with the Luzern-Interlaken Express to Interlaken and the Pre-Alpine Express to St. Gallen.

route of the zurich-lucerne scenic line

The Zurich-Lucerne scenic line operates frequent services all day, throughout the year. 

Journey time is around 1 hour.

Zurich-Lucerne scenic line prices
Zurich to Lucerne or vice versa 2nd class £12 per person, 1st class £21 per person.

Prices based on half fare travel card which is included in all our holidays (except self drive)

We'll be pleased to create any Zurich-Lucerne scenic line itinerary to suit you, incorporating your own selection of resorts, duration, hotels and excursions.

We can even help you build a Grand Tour, combining this route with other scenic rail routes such as the Pre-Alpine Express, Luzern-Interlaken Express and Gotthard Panorama Express. 

Call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices.

Suggested two and multi centre holidays featuring the Zurich-Lucerne scenic line


We can create several itineraries including the Zurich-Lucerne scenic line



Enjoy a holiday full of historical delights and charming cafés, all set beside two of Switzerland's beautiful lakes.    

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A stay in Zurich, followed by the scenic route described above and then the famous Luzern-Interlaken Express.
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Enjoy the scenic route from Zurich airport to Lucerne. Stay here for a few days, then travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express to Lugano.
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Build your own scenic rail itinerary

Request a quote here or call us to build your perfect holiday
  • Choose your scenic rail journey
  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Consider how many nights to be spent in each resort
  • Choose 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Add on excursions to explore the lakes and mountains
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade your hotel room for even more beautiful views
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Add additional resorts - create your own Grand Tour

Fast Baggage: Transfer your luggage between resorts

To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between many resorts, you can arrange 'Fast Baggage'. All you need to do is register your luggage at the station before 9am and then collect it at your destination on the same day any time after 6pm. There are a few stations where your luggage will not be available until the following morning when we would recommend carrying an overnight bag with you.

The cost of each luggage transfer is £9 per item plus an additional charge of £21 regardless of the number of items of luggage.

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