The frontage of Luzern station - you can use these escalators to avoid crossing the road in front of the station

Luzern (Luzern / Lucerne)

The main station in Luzern / Lucerne has a fabulous location in the part of the city closest to the shore of the gorgeous lake, the Luzernsee, which takes its name from the city.

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Looking down on to the concourse at Luzern station - the step free access to the trains is on the right Looking down on to the concourse at Luzern station - the step free access to the trains is on the right
When exiting the gleis (platforms/tracks) the main exits are directly ahead When exiting the gleis (platforms/tracks) the main exits are directly ahead
When leaving the boats walk under the arch and the station is ahead When leaving the boats walk under the arch and the station is ahead
A quiet moment between departures at Luzern station A quiet moment between departures at Luzern station
The access to the gleis (platforms/tracks) at Luzern is step-free The access to the gleis (platforms/tracks) at Luzern is step-free
A Zentralbahn train on the left and a SBB train on the right A Zentralbahn train on the left and a SBB train on the right

Luzern train station houses both mainline trains operated by SBB and trains operated by Zentralbahn (ZB).

The gleis (platforms/tracks) used by both train services are linked to the same departure concourse, so making connections between trains at Luzern simply involves waking from one platform to another.
However, if you don’t have luggage etc, a quicker route when changing trains can be using the passage way that runs beneath the platforms.
Though it can be easy to miss, there are stairs leading to and from it approximately halfway along each gleis (platform/track).

Onward connections:

The pier for the Luzernsee boats is on the other side of this arch The pier for the Luzernsee boats is on the other side of this arch
The pier houses an info screen for the boat departures The pier houses an info screen for the boat departures
The pier which most of the Lake Lucerne boats leave from The pier which most of the Lake Lucerne boats leave from
One of the boat destinations is Vitznau where the RigiBahn trains can be boarded One of the boat destinations is Vitznau where the RigiBahn trains can be boarded
The bus station on the forecourt is on the same level as the trains The bus station on the forecourt is on the same level as the trains

The main station in Lucerne is in the heart of the city, the old town and the iconic Kapellbrucke wooden bridge are within 5 minutes walk.

The Lake Luzern cruise boats depart from easy to find piers that are located in front of the station
As you exit the station by the main entrance you will see a bus station and an archway, the boat piers are on the other side of this archway.

For the gondola station in Kriens (first stage of the Golden Round Trip to the summit of Mt Pilatus) take Trolleybus Line 1 from the front of the station (direction Obernau Dorf).
Then at the Linde Pilatus stop you can connect to bus line 15 which stops directly in front of the gondola station at Pilatus-Bahnen.

For travel to the Swiss Musuem of Transport, one option is take a local (S-Bahn) train to Lucerne Verkehrshaus station on line S3 (direction Brunnen).
However, this service departs hourly, so if you have to wait more than 45 mins for the train, it will be quicker to take trolleybuses Line 6 (direction Buttenenhalde) or Line 8 (direction Wurzenbach) from the bus station in front of the station.

Accessing the mountain railways:

The Luzern to Interlaken Express takes a spectacular route passing four lakes The Luzern to Interlaken Express takes a spectacular route passing four lakes
At Brienz station connections are also available to Brienzersee lake cruises At Brienz station connections are also available to Brienzersee lake cruises
Then connect in Lauterbrunnen for trains on the stunning route to Wengen Then connect in Lauterbrunnen for trains on the stunning route to Wengen
Connect with BOB trains to Lauterbrunnen at Interlaken Ost Connect with BOB trains to Lauterbrunnen at Interlaken Ost

The Zentralbahn (ZB) railway shares the main station in Luzern with the mainline trains.
It operates three types of service from Luzern:

  1. Local trains including the route to Giswil, which calls at Alpnachstad for connection to the Pilatusbahn
  2. The Luzern to Engelberg Express
  3. The Luzern to Interlaken Express
    This train service offers access to these onward connections;
  • At Meiringen connect to the MIB trains to Meiringen-Aplbach station, which is the closest station to the funicular, which gives access to the Reichanbach waterfalls.
  • From Brienz station the steam trains on the BRB line head up Mount Rothorn.
  • At Interlaken Ost station connections are available into the BOB trains to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, which in turn connect with trains to Wengen and Jungfraujoch.

The Golden Horn Round Trip:

Taking the boat to Alpnachstad Taking the boat to Alpnachstad
Descending on the cable car Descending on the cable car
Ascending on the Pilatusbahn Ascending on the Pilatusbahn
The views on Mt Pilatus The views on Mt Pilatus

The Pilatusbahn is the world’s steepest cogwheel railway and it operates from mid-May to mid- November, between Alpnachstad and the spectacular summit station, Pilatus-Kulm, on Mount Pilatus.

Alpnachstad station is served by ZB (Zentralbahn) trains on the local service from Luzern to Giswil.

The Pilatusbahnis one part of The Golden Round Trip to/from Luzern - the timetable is here.

When travelling from Luzern for the gondola station in Kriens (the first stage of the Golden Round Trip to the summit of Mt Pilatus) take Trolleybus Line 1 from the front of the station (direction Obernau Dorf).
Then at the Linde Pilatus stop you can connect to bus line 15 which stops directly in front of the gondola station at Pilatus-Bahnen.

Or travel the opposite direction and make the first stage of the journey, taking the train from Luzern to Alpnachstad; though another more scenic option is to take a lake cruise boat from the piers outside Luzern station to Alpnachstad.

Using Rail Passes

Eurail and InterRail = 50% discount on the Pilatusbahn and on the gondola to Kreins.
Discounts are also available on the complete  Golden Horn Round Trip, that also includes the buses between Kriens and Luzern and the boat between Luzern and Alpnachstad.

Swiss Travel Pass and Saver Day Pass = free travel on the entire Golden Horn Round Trip.

to Mt Rigi:

Heading back to Luzern on the cruise boat Heading back to Luzern on the cruise boat
An idea is to leave the train up at Rigi-Staffel station and walk up to Rigi-Kulm An idea is to leave the train up at Rigi-Staffel station and walk up to Rigi-Kulm
The views on the train ride between the summit and Vitznau The views on the ride between the summit and Vitznau
On the blue line from Arth-Goldau On the blue line from Arth-Goldau

Two different railway routes, both of which are operated by the Rigi-Bahn (RB) ascend up to the the summit of Mt Rigi.

  • Its blue line begins at Arth-Goldau station, which is served by trains from Luzern which depart at least hourly
  • While the more spectacular red line connects with the cruiser boats, which leave from outside Luzern station, in Vitznau.

However, the ultimate experience, which won't take much longer than a return journey on the red line route, is to take a circular tour in this direction:

  1. train to Arth-Goldau
  2. blue line train to Rigi-Klum
  3. red line train to Vitznau
  4. cruiser boat to Luzern.

The reason for going this way round is that the red line views are only spectacular from one side of the train, on the left when ascending and on the right when coming down.
At Vitznau people pile on to the trains when the boats arrive, but the trains wait awhile at the summit station before heading back down, so you can board early at Rigi-Kulm and ensure you're on the optimum side of the train.

For added thrills, leave the train to Vitznau at the intermediate station of Rigi-Katbad and take the cable-car down to Weggis, the boats to Luzern also call at Weggis.

The Rigi-Bahn sells day passes, which include unlimited railways on both of its routes, the cable car and the cruise boat to Luzern.
Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Day pass users can travel the entire route at no additional cost including the train between Luzern and Arth-Goldau.
Eurail and InterRail users can travel for free on that train journey and obtain a 50% discount on the Rigi-Bahn day ticket.

to Burgenstock

Cruise boats, which depart from the piers by Luzern station can convey you to the pier named Kehrsiten-Burgenstock for an easy transfer to the funicular which leads to the spectacular mountain summit.

Take care not to take a boat which is only going to the main pier in Kehrsiten, which is named 'Kehrsiten-Dorf', or to leave a boat there, this pier is around a 15 - 20 min walk away from the funicular base station.

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