Are you staying in Lucerne and wondering about the best Lucerne day trips? As a regular Lucerne visitor and total Switzerland addict, I have compiled a list of the best day trips from Lucerne for you. 

Lucerne (or Luzern in German) is one of the prettiest places in Switzerland, but it also makes a good base if you stay in Switzerland for a few days to discover the nearby towns and villages.

So, after exploring Lucerne and doing a walking tour of the city I suggest going on a few day trips and visiting the exceptionally stunning places around Lucerne.

Here are the best day trips from Lucerne, Switzerland. Where to go near Lucerne

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If you road trip Switzerland you don’t need to have one base – but when you train travel, I consider Lucerne a fantastic base, and from there you can do day trips by train (or car).

➡️ Lucerne is about an hour south of Zurich by car/train, right next to gorgeous Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee).

➡️ Lucerne´s train station is well connected to other parts of the country and you can get to many of the places mentioned here by train. 

➡️ TIP: A Swiss Travel Pass might be perfect for you especially if you travel by train. The initial price is quite high, but you can use buses and trains without any costs, can do unlimited boat cruises on Lake Lucerne, enjoy a 50% discount on Mount Pilatus and Mount Titlis, and get free entry to many museums in Lucerne. And you get to use the cogwheel train up to Mount Rigi for free with the Swiss Travel Pass in 2024.

Though it is a pricy ticket, I normally buy it whenever I visit Switzerland, because it saves me a lot of money overall.

Check out the Swiss Travel Pass here and see, if it’s worth it for you.

Old town in Lucerne in winter


Accommodation is not cheap in Lucerne. Budget hotels also cost quite a fortune (at least during the high season which means from July to early September and in December). I have stayed in several hotels in Lucerne, and here are some tips.

➡️ Luxury Hotels in Lucerne: Schweizerhof Luzern is a beautiful and fun 5* hotel located at Lake Lucerne’s shores and a few hundred meters from the old town and main tourist attractions. Check out rates for Schweizerhof here. Also, the hotel is very close to the train station – making it very comfortable to hop on trains for some of the most amazing day tours.

➡️ Mid-Range Hotels in Lucerne: Hotel des Alpes is a nice 3-star hotel in the city center (and it comes with great views). From there, you are ready to explore the city within minutes. Click here to find the best rates for your stay at Hotel des Alpes and it is just a few minutes walk to the train station from where you can get to do some of the epic day trips.

➡️ Budget Hotels in Lucerne: The Bed & Breakfast -Neustadt offers single and double rooms (with an occupancy of 4 people maximum). Some rooms have a shared bathroom, and some have a private one. Click here to find the best rates for your stay at B&B.

If you are still unsure where to stay in Lucerne, you can check out my full accommodation guide on the best places to stay in Lucerne here.


Here are the best day trips from Lucerne…and if you are looking for general Switzerland travel tips, click here.

Lucerne Day Trip to Interlaken

Interlaken is one of the most popular places to visit in Switzerland and I love visiting from Lucerne. While the town of Interlaken is not rich in attractions, it is the location that makes it so breathtaking and a great day trip from Lucerne.

Best things to see at Lake Thun, boat tour Lake Thun
Lake Thun
View from Harder Kulm
Interlaken from above – Harder Kulm

Interlaken is situated in a slim stretch of the valley between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. It is surrounded by the Swiss Alps, dense forests, and meadows – making it a natural beauty. There is so much to do in Interlaken, so you have to decide what you want to see.

I suggest getting up to Harder Kulm Mountain in the summer months – for some fantastic views of both lakes and the Alps. You have two options to get up: Either hike up or take the funicular to the top. Though the hike is rather easy (2-hour steep uphill), I only have gotten up by funicular. Sometimes, I just love it the easy way.

After the mountain excursion, I enjoyed a boat cruise on one of the lakes (the picture above is from Lake Thun).

If you want to be more active and enjoy some more adventurous things, you can also go paragliding as Interlaken is very popular for outdoor sports, and it is not uncommon to see lots of paragliders in the town center – it is just the thing to do. Find out more about things to do in Interlaken.


🚆 Make sure to take the Luzern-Interlaken Express. The train ride is about two hours but it is an experience in itself. It is one of the most scenic train rides – passing some of the prettiest lakes along the ride.

🚘 The journey by car takes around 90 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. 

Lucerne Day Trip to Engelberg and Mount Titlis 

Mount Titlis is one of the most famous mountains in Switzerland. It also boasts the world’s first revolving cable car.

From Lucerne, it is easy to reach the lovely town of Engelberg and get on top of Mt. Titlis.

Ice Cave at Mount Titlis in Switzerland

Mount Titlis is very popular for winter sports, like skiing and snowboarding. In the summer, hiking is the thing to do. You should also walk the Titlis Cliff Walk, a suspension bridge that is 500 meters above the ground. It gave me some goosebumps but it was not the scariest bridge I have crossed so far – that was the Trift Bridge by the way).

Take the Ice Flyer chair lift, for some more some breathtaking views. It will take you up to the slopes in winter or over glaciers in summer.

Another great sight is Trübsee, a glacial lake that would be an excellent spot for a picnic. For more adventure and excitement, visit Titlis Adventure Park or the Zipline. Or you could spend a few hours mountain biking. As you can see, there is a lot to do at Mount Titlis. I only planned in about 4-5 hours for the whole adventure and it was definitely too short.


🚆 Take a train from Lucerne to Engelberg. Trains run regularly throughout the day, and the journey takes around 45 minutes.

🚘 It takes about 45 minutes to get to Engelberg by car.

🚡 From Engelberg, take the Titlis Xpress cable car to Stand. This is the first leg of the journey and takes around 15 minutes.

🚡 From Stand, take the Titlis Rotair, which is the world’s first revolving cable car, to the summit of Mount Titlis. This second leg of the journey takes around five minutes, and the cable car revolves 360 degrees during the ascent (giving us more great panoramas).

Check out ticket prices here.

Day Tour to Lausanne from Lucerne

Lausanne, located on the shores of Lake Geneva, is a beautiful city and an excellent day trip option from Lucerne. Enjoy stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains, charming historic districts, and vibrant cultural scene. 

Town Hall in Lausanne a must see in 1 day

Lausanne Olympic Museum
Lausanne Olympic Museum

Here are some of the top attractions and activities to enjoy during a one-day tour of Lausanne:

Lausanne’s historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-visit. The charming streets are lined with medieval buildings and offer a glimpse into Lausanne’s rich history and culture.

The Lausanne Cathedral is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, and its Gothic architecture is impressive. But most of all, I enjoyed climbing to the top of the tower for stunning views of the city and the surrounding Alps.

Sports enthusiasts will love the Olympic Museum, which showcases the history of the Olympic Games and the achievements of athletes from around the world. Though I am not interested in Olympics, even I enjoyed learning more about it because of it interactive exhibits, multimedia displays, and over 10,000 artifacts.

The promenade along Lake Geneva is one of the most beautiful ones in Switzerland. While I enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the lake and took a Lake Geneva boat ride, I saw some people go for a swim in crystal-clear waters.


🚆 Take a train from Lucerne to Lausanne. Trains run frequently throughout the day, and the journey takes around 2 hours.

🚘 Driving from Lucerne to Lausanne takes around 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions. 

Day Trip to Zurich From Lucerne

One of the easiest day trips from Lucerne is to Zurich. Located in the northeast part of Switzerland, Zurich is one of the country’s main cities. 

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I love Zurich because of its proximity to Lake Zurich. This is one of the best places to visit, especially in the spring, summer, and early fall. The water is clean and clear, and it’s perfect for taking a swim.

Or, if you prefer staying dry, take a boat trip up to the other side, to Rapperswil. It’s lovely along the lake, with cafes great for when you want to take a break and relax. There are often live musical performances on warm summer days.

If you are on a budget, the best thing you can do is sit at the lake, have a drink, listen to some music, and enjoy the weather.

Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world, is another place to visit. And you can see the house mountain of the city of Zurich – Uetliberg Mountain – which you can reach within just a few minutes from the city center.


Getting to Zurich from Lucerne is easy and there are several transportation options available.

🚆 The quickest and most convenient way to get to Zurich from Lucerne is by train. Direct trains run frequently throughout the day, and the journey takes around 45-60 minutes, depending on the type of train. 

🚘 If you prefer to drive, the journey from Lucerne to Zurich takes around 50 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. 

You can also take a guided tour from Lucerne to Zurich, which will often include transportation, a knowledgeable guide, and some sightseeing opportunities along the way.


Day Trip to Montreux From Lucerne

Another charming town to visit on a day trip from Lucerne is Montreux at Lake Geneva.

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Montreux Switzerland, accommodations at the lake

The town itself does not have that much to do or see but is located by Lake Geneva and boasts a promenade bursting with colorful flowers.

Montreux is famous for its annual Jazz Festival (which takes place for about two weeks in July), though, so you will see many musically-themed décors around town, such as music notes and sculptures along the promenade. 

You might also notice the Freddie Mercury statue – the late lead singer of the rock band Queen. There is an exhibition see at the band’s recording studio you could add to your itinerary.

A must-see is the famous Chateau de Chillon, a medieval fortress right on Lake Geneva banks. Inside, you will find a chapel with 14th-century murals. This one is one of my most favorite castles in Switzerland.

While not the biggest town in Switzerland, Montreux is perfect for a day trip. It is just the right size to discover in one day.


🚆 Take a train from Lucerne to Lausanne. Trains run frequently throughout the day, and the journey takes around 2 hours. From Lausanne, take a train to Montreux. The journey takes around 20-30 minutes.

🚘 Another option is to drive, which takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Lucerne Day Trip to Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus is a mountain very close to Lucerne, so this makes another easy day trip. Mt. Pilatus is one of the best mountain peaks in Switzerland – you do not even have to hike to enjoy some incredible views.

Mount Pilatus with the Swiss Travel Pass

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To get up the mountain, take the cable car or ride up on the cogwheel train, which is an experience in itself. Of course you can also hike some parts, but I have used the cable car/funicular whenever I went up.

Once you ascend Mount Pilatus, there is a lot to do. In the winter, enjoy some of the many winter activities, like skiing and snowboarding. In the warmer months, look into paragliding and hiking. 

Mount Pilatus offers gorgeous views of this central part of Switzerland – if you love the outdoors, this is a day trip you will love. I surely love getting up Mount Pilatus whenever I have the chance.

  • Prices depend on how you get to Mount Pilatus. Choosing to arrive at the station by boat costs more.  In case you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you don’t have to pay for the boat tour (on Lake Lucerne) and get a discount on the cogwheel/cable car.
  • Find out more about prices for day tours.


🚆 Take a train or boar from Lucerne to Alpnachstad Station. Trains and boats run regularly throughout the day, and the journey takes around 20-30 minutes (longer by boat).

🚡 From Alpnachstad, take the cogwheel train to the summit of Mount Pilatus. The cogwheel train is a unique and scenic way to reach the summit, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The journey takes around 30-40 minutes.

🚡 Alternatively, take the cable car from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg and then continue the journey to the summit via the aerial cableway. 

I recommend getting up with the cogwheel and using the cable car to get down- or the other way around.

You can also take a guided tour from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus, which will often include transportation, a knowledgeable guide, and some sightseeing opportunities along the way.

Lucerne Day Trip to Bern

Bern, the charming capital of Switzerland, is a fantastic day trip option from Lucerne, offering a glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture. Known for its medieval architecture, picturesque streets, and world-class museums, Bern is easily accessible from Lucerne.

Bern in spring where to go in Switzerland
Bern old town seen from Rose Garden

In just one day in Bern, you can explore the city’s rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and beautiful scenery. While Zurich and also Lucerne feel like home to me, I consider Bern the most beautiful Swiss city.

One of the must-see sights in Bern is the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 15th century. The charming cobblestone streets, medieval fountains, and historic buildings are sure to transport you back in time. Be sure to stop by the Clock Tower, a landmark that has been keeping time for the city since the 13th century.

If you’re interested in art and history, make a stop at the Bern Museum of Fine Arts or the Einstein Museum, which is dedicated to the famous physicist who lived in Bern for several years.

Walk along the Aare River or a visit to the Rosengarten, a beautiful rose garden with panoramic views of the city.


🚆 One of the easiest and fastest ways to travel between the two cities is by train. Trains run regularly throughout the day, with the journey taking just over an hour. 

🚘 The journey by car from Lucerne to Bern takes around an hour, depending on traffic conditions. 

There are also guided tours from Lucerne to Bern, which will often include transportation, a knowledgeable guide, and some sightseeing opportunities along the way.

Lucerne Day Tour to Lauterbrunnen & Schilthorn

This mountain village in the Swiss Alps is another excellent day tour from Luzern. It is actually one of the most famous places around for outdoor lovers.

Lauterbrunnen in the summer
Lauterbrunnen in the summer

And I don’t mean just the run-of-the-mill outdoorsy people – I mean the adrenaline junkies who do crazy things, like paragliding and base jumping. If those are your sports, then Lauterbrunnen is the place for you. But if you are not into that kind of thing – I am surely not into base jumping, Lauterbrunnen will steal your heart.

Waterfalls are also pretty common in Lauterbrunnen – there are 72 of them!! The most famous of these waterfalls is Staubbach Falls, which you can watch descend over Lauterbrunnen Valley’s cliffs. Trummelbach Falls is also a treat, as it is located underground. You have to pay for entry, but it’s extraordinary and worth a visit. Though I visited the Trümmelbach Falls about 8 years ago, I still remember how impressed I was. Lauterbrunnen, Murren, and Schilthorn are so great, I visit each year once (at least).

Check out my Lauterbrunnen post for more information.

Another popular attraction above Lauterbrunnen is the Schilthorn summit, featured in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Swiss Panorama in Schilthorn

You can take the cable car that goes from the village of Stechelberg to Schilthorn Mountain for views over the Bernese Alps. Here is my detailed guide for a trip to Schilthorn Mountain.


🚆 Take a train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost, the journey takes around 2 hours. From Interlaken Ost, take a train to Lauterbrunnen. The journey takes an additional 20 minutes.

You can also take a guided tour from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen, which will often include transportation and a knowledgeable guide.

Day Trip to Jungfraujoch From Lucerne

One of Lucerne’s most popular day tours is Jungfraujoch – it is the highest train station in Europe at 3,500 meters above sea level. So you can imagine the views!

View from Eismeer Station on the way to Jungfraujoch

Getting to Jungfraujoch is time-consuming but an experience in itself. Take the train or the Eiger Express (a gondola), depending on where you are coming from. But once you are up there, you will see what all the fuss is about. 

There is an actual Ice Palace, which is worth seeing. Also, with that elevation, you will be rewarded with an incredible panorama of scenery, including the Aletsch Glacier – which will likely take your breath away. This in particular is the reason why I have visited three times so far.

If you enjoy winter sports, then you’re in luck because there is always snow in Jungfraujoch. Even in the summer, you can enjoy winter activities, since the snow is guaranteed.  


🚆 Take a train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost. Trains run frequently throughout the day, and the journey takes around 2 hours.

🚆 From Interlaken Ost, take a train to Kleine Scheidegg. The journey takes around 50 minutes and offers stunning views of the Swiss Alps along the way. This is all part of the amazing experience.

🚆 From Kleine Scheidegg, take the Jungfrau Railway to the summit of Jungfraujoch. The railway is a unique and scenic way to reach the summit, with stunning views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. The journey takes around 45 minutes, and tickets can be purchased at the station or online.

🚡 Alternatively, you can also get to Interlaken Ost and then to Grindelwald Terminal Station, and from there take the Eiger Express (aerial cable car) which saves you time to get up to Jungfraujoch and then enjoy the rest of the day at Jungfraujoch. 

You can take a guided tour from Lucerne to Jungfraujoch, which will often include transportation, a knowledgeable guide, and some sightseeing opportunities along the way.

Check out guided tours here.

Mount Rigi Kulm Day Trip From Lucerne

Lucerne is surrounded by incredible nature – and Mount Rigi (Rigi Kum) is another beautiful mountain to visit.

Getting up Mount Rigi - a must-do activity in Lucerne

Getting there from Lucerne is very easy. Get on a boat or bus and get to Vitznau – from there, take the cogwheel train or hike up Mt. Rigi. The views are absolutely gorgeous.

If you want to combine a lovely mountain excursion, combine it with some wellness (there is a spa at the top of Mount Rigi). The sunset here is breathtaking (on a clear day) – this alone is worth visiting Mount Rigi on a day trip from Lucerne.

Switzerland in winter, best sunset Mount Rigi

So if you get here, come later in the day so you can watch the sunset. You don’t need a full day if you take the cogwheel train.


🛥️ Get from Lucerne to Vitznau by boat or train/bus. The journey takes around 1 hour, and trains run frequently throughout the day. 

🚡 From Vitznau, take a cogwheel train to the summit of Mount Rigi. The cogwheel train is a unique and scenic way to reach the summit, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The journey takes around 40-50 minutes.

Brienz and Lake Brienz Day Trip From Lucerne

Brienz and Lake Brienz make for an excellent day trip option from Lucerne, offering a chance to explore the stunning natural beauty and quaint charm of the Bernese Oberland.

With its crystal-clear waters, picturesque villages, and towering mountains, Lake Brienz is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Most beautiful street in Europe, Brunnengasse in Brienz

The charming village of Brienz is known for its traditional woodcarving, so explore the Woodcarving Museum or even take a woodcarving workshop. 

Stroll along the lake promenade and enjoy the stunning views of Lake Brienz and the surrounding mountains.

One of the highlights of a day trip to Brienz is taking a boat cruise on Lake Brienz. Take a leisurely boat ride on the turquoise waters of the lake, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and charming villages.

Best things to do around Lake Brienz, Interlaken Giessbach Waterfalls
Lake Brienz in the summer

The boat cruise includes stops at several picturesque spots, including the Giessbach Waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland. Explore the historic Grand Hotel Giessbach and take a walk along the waterfall trail, which offers stunning views of the cascading falls.

Other stops on the boat cruise include the village of Iseltwald. The boat cruise on Lake Brienz is a perfect way to explore the natural beauty and picturesque charm of the Bernese Oberland.

Lake Brienz is one of my favorite lakes in Switzerland – if the sun shines, the water looks even more stunning. The many villages along the shores make it one of my favorite places in the country – and I often visit when I am near Lucerne.


Getting to Brienz from Lucerne is easy.

🚆 Take a train from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost but get out in Brienz. Trains run frequently throughout the day, and the journey takes around 90 minutes.

Travel Tips for Lucerne

Beautiful Lucerne! Though there are many fun day trips from Lucerne to take, also take your time to look around and explore Lucerne itself. With one day in Lucerne, you can see all the lovely landmarks of this medieval village that sits between mountains, overlooking Lake Lucerne.

There are many attractions, such as the Chapel Bridge, an iconic covered bridge from the 14th century that winds its way from the Old Town to the Reuss River’s right bank. It is also covered in murals.

Lucerne with the Chapel Bridge, Jesuit Church and Mount Pilatus

If you like nature, stroll along beautiful Lake Lucerne – one of the prettiest lakes in all of Switzerland. 

There are many great towns around Lucerne, but don’t forget to enjoy the Lucerne´s beauty itself. It has a lot to offer. Here are more travel tips for Lucerne.


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Lucerne in winter offers a range of attractions for all kinds of travelers. From the stunningly beautiful Chapel Bridge to the Swiss Transport Museum, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Lucerne. It always has something that finds my interest, and I am sure it will be the case with anyone. 

However, what really sets Lucerne apart is its convenient location, with easy access to some of the best day trips in Switzerland. This is why I can say with good confidence that you can make Lucerne your base (especially if you do not like changing accommodations often) and explore the gorgeous places nearby.

Hopefully, my post has inspired you to visit beautiful places just near Lucerne, and you have found out more about fun day trips from Lucerne.

While the city is gorgeous, the above-mentioned Lucerne day tours will help you discover more of Switzerland’s beauty!


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