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  • Location:Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration:9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Spend a day in the pretty city of Lucerne on a day trip from Zurich, enjoying a short city tour, Lake Lucerne cruise and plenty of free time. After traveling south through the Albis Pass mountain range, learn all about Lucerne on a city sightseeing tour while seeing monuments like Chapel Bridge. Then, spend roughly six hours at leisure, seeing the city as you please. The day trip includes a ticket for a cruise on Lake Lucerne, so hop aboard to enjoy the lakeside scenery and onboard commentary.


  • Day trip from Zurich to Lucerne including short city tour and Lake Lucerne cruise
  • Travel through the Albis Pass mountain range, passing the Lake of the Four Cantons
  • Learn about the history of Lucerne attractions like Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument on a city tour
  • Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Lucerne independently
  • Admire lakeside scenery and mountain views on a Lake Lucerne sightseeing cruise

What You Can Expect

Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Enjoy the stunning views of Lucerne on a sightseeing cruise!

Start your day with a pickup from selected Zurich hotels or alternatively, meet your guide at Sihlquai Bus Terminal in the center of town. Then, relax on your air-conditioned coach as you travel south to the handsome city of Lucerne, roughly an hour away. Your route takes in stretches of gorgeous Swiss countryside, so look out the window to admire the Albis Pass mountain range and idyllic Lake of the Four Cantons.

On arrival in Lucerne, enjoy an introductory tour of the city by coach to get your bearings, seeing sights like Chapel Bridge and the Baroque Jesuit Church. Hear the history of these top Lucerne attractions and get insider tips for places to visit independently. Stop for a stroll around the Lion Monument, and then enjoy roughly six hours of free time to explore the city at your own pace.

Lucerne is famous for its cafe culture, so perhaps wile away an hour or so enjoying an indulgent Swiss lunch (own expense). A ticket for a Lake Lucerne sightseeing cruise is included with your tour, so head down to the lake at a time to suit you, and then relax on board your boat. Listen to entertaining audio commentary about the history of the city while gazing at the picturesque lakeside scenery, framed by Mount Pilatus.

Maybe take a stroll around the city’s pedestrianized Old Town, or visit one of Lucerne’s attractions like Richard Wagner Museum or the 14th-century Musegg Wall. All entrance fees are payable at your own expense.

Return to your coach and travel back to Zurich. Your day trip finishes with a drop-off at the start point at Sihlquai Bus Terminal.

Customer Reviews

Amado F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Just a short motor coach ride away from Zurich, Lucerne is a MUST SEE while in Switzerland. So much history, the town has a village atmosphere, with many small shops, restaurants, and historic places.
Go see the Lion of Lucerne monument, the Church of St Leodegar, and the covered wooden chapel bridge that crosses the Reuss River in the heart of Lucerne. Also, take a cruise on Lake Lucerne that lasts about an hour. All in all, a nice trip that only took about 6 hours from starting point in Zurich and back.

Chris C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is an excellent tour and Lucerne is a very beautiful old town not to be missed. The boat ride was amazing as well. The tour guide was very good. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Well organized tour director. Very clear information.

Yin-Wan Jessica T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It a very good tour, really enjoyed it and like the 6 hrs to roam around the town on our own.

Bhaskar G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Excellet trip. Free time in lucerne was ample to see the place in relaxed way. Cruise was excellent.

Emile W

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The tour operators were professional and punctual. Unfortunately the weather was not that cooperative.
Overall barring the weather it was a great visit.

David H

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

Enjoyed the trip going through quaint little towns and liked the free time we had in Lucerne. Was disappointed in the city tour. Expected more time going around seeing important sights. Really turned off by the stop at Henry's Clock Shop to"allow" us opportunity to make purchases.

greene.katherine USA

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

Excellent Swiss guide, boat trip, some information about Lucerne. Too much free tine to explore on our own. Would have enjoyed city tour with more history and information about Zlucerne's past and present.

Dennis USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2013

First, there were too many people packed into a small van that made the ride uncomfortable. Second, though we nearly ran to catch our cruise which was difficult for us old folks, we still missed the boat without knowing what to do next since our guide had gone back to the van. Fortunately, we were told by the missed-boat, ticket vendor we could take another boat that was about to leave, if we ran. Finally, we made it and the cruise was scenic; but if preparing for the next summer Olympics is not an interest to you, I would consider an alternative tour.

Shankar T

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2013

Very poorly conducted tour beginning with the starting point - the coach. Our first guide Evelyn asked us to be seated when the bus came which took a few minutes. Then when we were rather comfortably seated - all four of us, she asked that we get down from the bus since there were " more people than expected" ! And we were put into another van which had miscellaneous tourist going to different places like Mount Rigi. The Lucerne trip of about 45 Kms or so took us 3 hours since we got the " scenic route" The 9.30 start was delayed initially and that got us to Lucerne at about 12.30. There we see the first coach that had reached at 11 am and meet Evelyn who asked what kept us so long!

Urs - our second guide tried very hard to make amends to the best he could but having already lost a couple of hours we were clearly not happy. The return- in the van- took about 45 minutes and Urs was kind enough to drop us to the hotel enroute.

All -in-all I don't recommend this trip since a train is probably faster and gets you more time to spend in Lucerne. And I definitely don't recommend this company for not being professional in the way they conducted this tour.

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