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Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich

Zürich, Switzerland
Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich

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Discover Lucerne and its charming Old Town on a full-day tour from Zurich. With a guide, embark on a short sightseeing tour of Lucerne and then spend some free time exploring independently. Admire popular attractions like Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument, and browse the artistic exhibits within the Picasso Museum.
  • Full-day city tour of Lucerne from Zurich
  • Zurich day trip includes a drive over Albis Pass
  • See Lucerne's top attractions like the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
  • Free time to explore on your own; visit the Picasso Museum or take a boat ride
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Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route ( at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
Transportation by coach
Short introduction of Lucerne, while driving into the city
Accompanied by a multilingual guide for the transportation from Zurich to Lucerne and back
Time at your disposal in Lucerne (approximately 6 hours)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pick-up and drop off

Departure Point

Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is the Sihlquai Coach Parking, close to Zürich’s main train station. Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to tour start at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from a centrally-located pickup point in Zurich and relax during the scenic journey to Lucerne by air-conditioned minivan. Get acquainted with the city’s rich history on a short sightseeing tour and visit monuments like Chapel Bridge and the new Concert and Congress Hall. See, too, the Lion Monument before exploring the rest of the day independently.

Receive recommendations from your guide and customize your itinerary according to your interests. Stroll through the streets of Lucerne’s Old Town and check out museums like the Picasso and Transport Museum to discover more of Lucerne’s culture and history.

In summer, ride the new City Train for an alternative perspective of Lucerne. After thorough exploration, reconvene with your group and guide and relax during the journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.
Pass By:  
Meet the guide at the Sihlquai Coach Terminal, Limmatstrasse 4, Zürch. Sit back and enjoy a scenic coach ride over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne. Upon arrival, a short city tour will introduce you to Lucerne's main highlights including the Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge and the new Concert and Congress Hall.
Stop At:  
Enjoy approx. six hours of leisure time in the afternoon to discover this unique place on your own. Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport, the most eminent museum for transport in Europe and its Swiss Chocolate Adventure. As an art lover, you should not miss paying a visit to the Rosengart Museum with works of the famous artist Picasso and Paul Klee. Alternatively, we recommend a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Lucerne or an extended stroll with nice souvenir shopping in the medieval streets of this lovely city! Regardless of how you choose to spend your day, Lucerne is bound to reveal the romantic and inspire the photographer in you, so don't forget your camera - the opportunities are endless!
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Meet the guide again in the evening at Frankenstrasse 2 - 4, Lucerne for your drive back to Zürich.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich .
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Certain areas have electrified wire, so don't back up into these areas when walking backwards to get a landscape shot." See review


111 Reviews

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Well worth it!
, Oct 2021
We loved the guides insights and information shared during the ride to Lucerne. We loved the drive up to Lucerne through the countryside! Fernando was delightful and interesting!
Perfect trip to explore Lucerne
, Oct 2021
Awesome trip. The best part was that it was a partly guided tour, just what we wanted. We could explore Lucerne at our own pace and utilized all the 6 hours of the trip. Google map did help a lot to direct us to the various spots we wanted to visit in Lucerne including the Chapel Bridge, Jesuit Church and Lion Monument. Perfectly timed trip.
Good transport to Lucerne
, Oct 2021
Pleasant way to get from Zurich to Lucerne, taking the scenic route (freeway route back). Not really much of a tour of Lucerne as we were the only ones staying there for the day while the rest of the travelers on the coach went on to Mt Titlus etc, but we were prepared to guide ourselves with our Rick Steves book.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Nancy, Thank you very much for participating in our tour to Lucerne and for taking the time to submit your review. As officially stated in our programme, our tour is accompanied by a professional multilingual guide from Zurich to Lucerne and back to Zurich in the evening. In between, the guests discover the city at their own pace with the help of a comprehensive information booklet with upgrade options as well as recommendations of sights and activities. We hope that you enjoyed your stay in Switzerland and look forward to welcoming you back on our tours soon! Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours
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, Feb 2020
Lucerne is such a picturesque town and an absolute must see. People were friendly and the sights were magnificent. I especially liked the bridges with their rich history and paintings.
Beautiful city to visit
, Jan 2020
The trip to Lucerne was comfortable in a very new coach. The city itself is well worth seeing. So many magnificent historic buildings. A beautiful river and lake. Great shops and restaurant. The only down side was the guide who gave us minimal information about the area we were travelling through. He only spoke - repetitively about meeting times and places to meet. I completely understand this - you don’t want to lose anyone - but he did go on and on rather! Could he have forgiven him if he had given us some local history or local colour
Loved Lucerne
, Dec 2019
I enjoyed the tour and we had plenty of free time in Lucerne to enjoy the city. The itinerary said that we would have a brief tour of the city and we did not. This was a disappointment.
Review of Lucerne City Tour
, Nov 2019
I did the Lucerne "city tour" without the Mount Pilatus component because I had just done a Matterhorn trip the previous day and had had enough of mountain trips for a while. The Old Town area is fun to wander around in. The "Tour" isn't really a tour--the bus drops you off with a paper map that points out possible places to visit. As I am reasonably fit, I hiked up to the steep Musegg Fortification Wall. It was a great place to take photos of Lucerne, as well as see a few animals like buffaloes and jackdaws, which I normally don't encounter. Certain areas have electrified wire, so don't back up into these areas when walking backwards to get a landscape shot. For those people who continued up to Mount Pilatus, probably all they had time to see while in Lucerne itself was the Lion Monument, and the Chapel Bridge. As I had 6 hours, I did these plus the Jesuit Church, Rosengart Collection, and Transport House, as well as eat venison sausages and rosti at a fine Swiss Restaurant (Café Le Ville--since the bragged-about Pfister Restaurant was closed)--sort of as a "culture enrichment" day. As long as one is good with a map, you'll find these places. If you use your cell phone to find places-- as you will see dozens of people robotically do with eyes glued to their cellphones- get an international plan, because otherwise you would have to pay heavily if you don't have such a plan. The ride to Lucerne provided many chances to see the unique designs of farm houses in what you pass, so you do see more than if you were taking a train, say from Zurich (which was my base) to Lucerne. If I were to do this trip again, however, I would add Mt. Pilatus. as there aren't enough things that fascinate me for 6 hours in just this one city.
, Sep 2019
Loved Lucerne was a pleasure to walk around and boat cruise was awesome The only negative would be we thought 6 hours a bit long before bus picked us up again
Seth G
, Aug 2019
Wonderful day trip. The bus ride is great and comfortable. Our guide, Antje was PHENOMINAL!! We have 6 hours free in Lucerne before heading back to Zurich. Well worth the money and time, but bring more money, cause shopping is endless and expensive in Switzerland!
Lucerne City
, Jul 2018
It was a nice comfortable drive from Zurich with guide/driver. He gave us a lot information about Switzeland during the ride. We have about 5 hours to explore Lucerne on our own. Nice small town with a lot of sightseeing.

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