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Lucerne To Engelberg Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on February 22, 2024 by Darla Uhl

Engelberg is a famous alpine town in Central Switzerland, near Lucerne in the canton of Obwalden. It’s known for Mount Titlis, a tall mountain in the area. The town has an old monastery from the 12th century and used to be a popular spa town in the 19th century. Lots of tourists who visit Lucerne also go to Engelberg because it’s close by and has interesting things to see. In this article, we will cover how to travel from Lucerne to Engelberg.

Image of Engelberg Town by TouringSwitzerland.com

Engelberg has lots of cool spots to explore, and the biggest favorite is Mount Titlis. From Titlis, the views of the Rhaetian, Bernese, and Valais Alps are absolutely beautiful. When you’re up there, you’ll get to see amazing sights like other tall mountains, pretty alpine lakes, a glacier, rocky ridges, and more.

And don’t forget about Brunni, another great mountain for families, plus the neat Alps called Fürenalp and Gerschnialp.

Panorama from Mount Titlis by TouringSwitzerland.com

It is possible to go from Lucerne to Engelberg in one day. Based on the travel time we have already experienced, I estimate around 43 minutes each way.

On this page, you can find all the information you need regarding the train journey from Lucerne to Engelberg.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

You can start by visiting the SBB website: www.sbb.ch. Using the website, you can type in your departure and arrival destinations. It will then guide you to where and when you need to be. An app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

If you wish to pay half the fare for all your train rides in Switzerland, a Half Fare Discount Card (1-month validity) is available on www.sbb.ch. This allows you to travel for half the price on all SBB routes and most other railways during the duration of your discount card.

Using the Swiss Pass, you get unlimited travel by train, bus, and boat in Switzerland. Over 500 museums are also free or discounted, and there are free or discounted excursions to mountain summits.

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How to Get From Lucerne to Engelberg

Image of the Luzern-Engelberg Express Train in Engelberg by TouringSwitzerland.com

To get from Lucerne to Engelberg, you will have to take the Lucerne-Engelberg Express. The Lucerne-Engelberg Express stops at Stans, Dallenwill, Niederrickenback Station (upon request), Wolfenschiessen, and Grafenort before reaching Engelberg.

Lucerne to Engelberg Train Timetable

The Lucerne-Engelberg Express leaves Lucerne at these times (as of December 2023):

5:04 AM11:10 AM5:10 PM
6:10 AM12:10 PM6:10 PM
7:10 AM1:10 PM7:10 PM
8:10 AM2:10 PM8:10 PM
9:10 AM3:10 PM9:10 PM
10:10 AM4:10 PM10:10 PM
Departure Times of the Lucerne-Engelberg Express from Lucerne. Source: sbb.ch

If you are interested in going from Lucerne to Titlis, you can check out this article: Lucerne To Titlis Train: All You Need To Know.


Are There Direct Trains From Lucerne to Engelberg?

Yes, the Lucerne-Engelberg Express train will bring you directly from Lucerne to Engelberg.


How Long Does It Take From Lucerne to Engelberg?

The following table shows the travel duration from Lucerne to Engelberg (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (Fastest)
Lucerne – Engelberg43 minutes
Engelberg – Lucerne47 minutes

How Much Will the Train Ticket From Lucerne to Engelberg Cost?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the ticket prices from Lucerne to Engelberg for a single journey:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Lucerne – Engelberg18.209.10

As you can see, if you avail of the Half Fare Travel Card, you can definitely save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is definitely something to consider during your travel to Switzerland. You can do simple calculations and decide from there if it will be worth it for you.


Do You Need a Seat Reservation on the Train?

No, there is no need to reserve a spot on the train. But you can always add this option if that is your wish.


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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.