Lucerne prices

1 CHF = 1.1 USD

Lucerne hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
49.45 - 74.73
86.81 - 109.89
87.91 - 164.84
128.57 - 183.52
219.78 - 247.25

Lucerne hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
24.18 - 42.86

Hotel seasons


Peak season (when most visit) runs from June into September. During these months you’ll find great weather, lots of tourists, shops and restaurants with open doors and higher hotel prices.

October is considered the off season and is a great month to find hotels with lower prices. Keep an eye out for weekend travel deals.

November to the middle of April is when tons of skiers come into town to take advantage of the fresh powder. Prices are in the middle range during this time with most open hotels being ski lounges.

Switzerland’s most famous tourist city, Lucerne is gorgeous from nearly every angle. With its signature walking bridges connecting the train station area with the main tourist area, this is a compact city that is easy to get to know.


In addition to shopping, the main attraction in Lucerne is the lake and boat rides to nearby towns and sights. If you want to see the Alps, go to Interlaken instead. Lucerne is mainly a summer getaway and just a pleasant town in general.

Similar to everywhere else in Switzerland, things in Lucerne are very expensive, even by European standards. Sit-down meals and drinks in bars will drain your budget before you even realize it, so visitors who want to keep costs down will self-cater at least one or two meals a day.

Hotels and hostels in Lucerne are also predictably expensive, although most places have good locations in or near the center, so at least you’ll be close to the action.

Lucerne attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Swiss Transport Museum This impressive museum filled with trains, planes, automobiles, and motorcycles is popular. Adults 35.16
Under 16 23.08
Swiss Chocolate Adventure Next to the Transport Museum, this one shows how chocolate is made and whatnot. Adults 15.82
Under 16 6.92
Lake Lucerne boat tour View nearby towns and sights on a 1 hour round-trip boat from Lucerne. Single hops are cheaper. Adults 16.48

Lucerne transportation prices USD

Zurich to Lucerne train 34.55
Interlaken to Lucerne train 58.47
Boat to Transport Museum 3.30

Lucerne food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Hopefully your hotel or hostel will include breakfast. If not, head to the Coop supermarket for an early bite. 5.49 - 9.89
Budget lunch You can find pre-made sandwiches and sausages in this range, but sit-down meals cost more. 8.79 - 13.19
Budget dinner Nearly all sit-down restaurants start in this price range, for lunch or dinner, not including a drink. 19.78 - 26.37
Beer (.5L) You'd have to look around to find the lower part of this range, yet beer is cheap in supermarkets. 7.69 - 9.89
Beer .33L (retail) Weirdly, alcohol in stores is fairly cheap in Switzerland. 1.10 - 1.65
Vodka (.7L) Local vodka is among the cheaper spirits you'll find in shops. 10.66 - 21.98
Salad (retail) Supermarkets carry a wide range of pre-made salads, which are popular for budget travelers. 4.40 - 7.69

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Lucerne facts

Population 76,200
Metro area 250,000
Time zone UTC+1
Currency Swiss franc
Airports Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Avg temps & precip


Best months to visit

July, August, September, October

weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

Weather changes throughout the year as Lucerne is home to all four seasons. Winter, October to May, sees lower temperatures and is a great time for skiing and snowboarding as well as other outdoor winter activities. If visiting during this time of the year, make sure to bring warm clothes and layers.

Summertime is a great time for enjoying the outdoors as well. During this part of the year you’ll have the chance to bike and hike your way around. Because of this town’s close proximity to the Alps, you’ll find that evenings can get a little on the chilly side. Even though you’ll dress lightly during the day, it’s still a good idea to bring layers for nighttime.

Sunrise and sunset