Travelling from Lucerne to Chur by train takes only a little over two hours – that’s if you don’t get off along the way. But by taking the quick route, you miss the captivating contrasts between town and country. For example, a stopover in Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city and a multicultural metropolis. Like Lucerne, Zurich also has its own lake with many sightseeing and leisure-and-pleasure attractions. Then head for Pfäffikon, Lake Walen and the car-free hamlet of Quinten with its warm congenial climate. After Sargans your trip takes you through the winegrowing country of the “Bündner Herrschaft” to Chur – cantonal capital of Graubünden and the oldest city in Switzerland.
RouteLucerne – Zürich: travel time 0.46 hours Zürich – Chur: travel time 1.15 hours Total travel time (incl. changing trains in Zurich) 2.17 hours
Lucerne and regionMount Rigi can be reached from three sides. From Vitznau with the oldest cogwheel railway in Europe (1871), with the cogwheel train from Goldau, and from Weggis by panorama aerial cableway. The most spectacular route? We leave that for you to discover.
ZurichHigh above Zurich lies the Uetliberg (871 metres). Accessible by train, this is one of Switzerland’s smaller mountains but offers fine views of the city and lake. Other Uetliberg attractions include its beautiful hiking routes, mountain biking and a “Planet Trail”.
In Zurich, you’re never far from water and its many attractions. A cruise on Lake Zurich is always a holiday highlight. Or you can take a boat trip on the River Limmat and see the scenic city from another perspective.
ChurVery close to Chur is beautiful Brambruesch, a recreational area located at an altitude of 2200 metres. Attractions here include hiking trails, biking routes, and some of the most spectacular ski slopes in Canton Graubünden. The aerial cableway to the top starts from Chur city centre.
Dining & WiningMinibar (between Lucerne and Zurich) and dining car, bistro or minibar (between Zurich and Chur)*
*varies according to travel time
TimetableDeparts Lucerne 05.28 (arrives Zurich 06.25) and departs 06.35 (arrives Zurich 07.25) and every half hour (xx.35 & xx.10) until 20.35 (arrives Zurich 21.25)
Departs Zurich 06.37 (arrives Chur 07.52) and every half hour (xx.37 & xx.07) until 21.37 (arrives Chur 22.52)
Departs Chur 05.06 (arrives Zurich 06.23), departs Chur 06.06 (arrives Zurich 07.23) and departs 07.09 (arrives Zurich 08.23) and every hour until 20.09 (arrives Zurich 21.23)
Departs Zurich 06.35 (arrives Lucerne 07.25) and every hour until 21.35 (arrives Lucerne 22.25)
All connections on www.sbb.ch
ReservationNo seat reservations – free choice of seats
Did you know?
- At Lucerne’s Swiss Museum of Transport you can trace the history of travel on road, rail and waterway, in the air and even in space. You can also sit in a train driver’s cabin simulator. And walk over an aerial map of Switzerland.
- The Chur–Bellinzona trip by yellow PostBus is an historical journey of delightful discovery. The two-hour tour takes you through contrasting climates and scenery, and a world rich in cultural variety.