Travel Budget for Lucerne

Kanton Luzern, Switzerland

How much does it cost to travel to Lucerne?

How much money will you need in Lucerne? Sfr156 ($158) is the average daily price for traveling in Lucerne. The average price of meals in Lucerne for one day is Sfr45 ($46). The average price of a hotel in Lucerne for a couple is Sfr200 ($202). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple

How expensive is Lucerne?

How much does a trip to Lucerne cost? Is Lucerne expensive? The average Lucerne trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Lucerne prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
This data comes from the travel budgets of real travelers - Learn more about these numbers.
Flights to Lucerne

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How much money do I need for Lucerne?

Typical travel prices in Lucerne are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Lucerne. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Lucerne can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • 1 Day Bicycle Rental
  • The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee

Typical tour prices for Lucerne

How much do tours to Lucerne cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    11 days
    $ 1575
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    8 days
    $ 2535
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    8 days
    $ 1450
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    7 days
    $ 1375
  • Busabout Hop-on-hop-off tours
    30 days
    $ 835
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Lucerne Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne is a relatively small city in the center of Switzerland. It is located across the lake from Altdorf and it has a thriving tourism industry. It's close proximity to many of the major sights in the country make it a great base for exploration. Many people use it as a jumping off point for exploring Mount Rigi and the Rutli Meadow.

The city itself is quite charming and a pleasure to explore on its own. It has a population of just over 80,000, making it the most populous city in Central Switzerland. It is also a hub for transportation and government in the region.

During the coldest winter months, the average lows in the city fall just below freezing and daytime highs are around about 4 degrees Celsius. During the warmer summer months, averages highs are around 24 degrees Celsius. Snow generally falls between the months of November and March, with occasional dustings during April and October.
Although many people use Lucerne as a base to explore Central Switzerland, the city itself has a lot to offer travelers. The Chapel Bridge is the landmark of the city. It's the oldest woodbridge in all of Europe and dates back to the 14th century. Unfortunately the original bridge burned in 1993 but was very quickly rebuilt. The old city wall is also interesting to see. It has several towers including the clock tower that chimes one minute before the hour so that it has the first strike in town.

Other interesting sights around town include Alpineum, the Glacier Garden, Bourbaki Panormama, the KKL, and the Lion Monument. Interesting museums include the Swiss Transport Museum, the Lucerne Art Museum, the Rosengart Collection, and the Richard Wagner Museum.
Lucerne is a small city and most visitors spend the majority of their time in the Old Town. The city is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne and has views of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps. Because of it's proximity to many outdoor destinations, the city makes a popular base for exploring the area.

Popular activities in the area include climbing Mount Pilatus, the top of which can be reached by either hiking or taking the cable car. If you choose to hike you can expect the ascent to take about four hours. Some people also decide to take a boat tour that will give you a ride between Lucerne and Alpnachstad.

There are a handful of other mountains you can visit that are near Lucerne. Many can be visited as day trips and will offer you a great overview of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Some of the popular mountains include Mount Rigi and Mount Titlis.

Lucerne also has a popular Carnival festival that is quite impressive if you're in the area.
Food and Dining
Food can be expensive in Lucerne, like it is elsewhere in Switzerland. There are a couple of budget options near the train station. Alternatively, you can pick up some food at the market and make a meal out of bread, cheese, meats, and some fruit. Migros and Coop are both huge supermarket chains that are generally affordable. You'll find small Migros and a larger Coop at the train station where you can grab something to eat as you arrive or leave the city. The chains are also present elsewhere around town and make a convenient place to grab some cheap food. If you don't want to prepare your own meal, then there are some delicious, although expensive restaurants around town.

The best prices for buses and trains in Switzerland can be found on Omio (formerly GoEuro). They let you search across all train, bus, and plane routes throughout Europe.

It's easy to walk around and reach most places on foot, so a car is definitely not necessary. The Old Town area is quite small, and all of the other, more distant attractions are still within a half hour's walk. Not only is it easy to walk around Lucerne, but it's also very enjoyable and highly recommended.

If you decide to take public transit, then there is an extensive city bus system. Further out attractions such as the Lido Beach and the Swiss Transport Museum can be reached by bus. There are also several boats an hour that can be caught in front of the central railway station. Also near the central railway station are bicycle rental facilities. There are bike lanes on most secondary streets and most drivers around town are comfortable with bicyclists.

If you're using Lucerne as a base to explore Central Switzerland, then you will make good use of the Swiss Federal Railway, the Schifffahrt Vierwaldstattersee, or the private transit companies that travel around the country. There are frequent connections and it is relatively easy to get around the area.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Lucerne's Carnival

By backpackguru in Entertainment
Right before lent every year, Lucerne is one of several cities in Switzerland that celebrates a carnival. Lucerne's festival is most famous for its "march any direction you like" street parades, which can be as chaotic as the name implies. Carnival goers where elaborate masks and there is plenty of food, music, and entertainment. It's a particularly interesting time to be in Lucerne.

Lucerne's carnival week begins on Fat Tuesday and ends on Ash Wednesday. It begins on Fat Tuesday with Urknall (a loud bang) at 5am to officially kick off the festivities. If you'd like to blend in, where plenty of colorful clothes and pull out a mask.

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