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Lucerne To Titlis Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla

Titlis, at 3,239 meters above sea level, is the highest point of Canton Obwalden. This well-known mountain is convenient to reach from Engelberg village. Titlis is an excellent destination with a panoramic style view, easily accessed from the valley via Stand.

If you would like to embark on a highly-rated guided tour from Lucerne to Titlis, you may book it via GetYourGuide – From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier. Compared to exploring Titlis on your own, investing an additional CHF 5.20 to book a guide will ensure a stress-free, enhanced experience and deeper appreciation of the region, making it a smart and valuable investment.

Panorama from Mount Titlis by TouringSwitzerland.com

The views of the Alps from Titlis are fantastic. You will see the glacier and rock ridges while riding the cable car and at the mountain station. From the mountain station of Titlis, you will only need 219 meters to reach the peak. However, this can only be reached with appropriate alpine climbing shoes good for serious alpine hiking. The marked routes should be strictly followed.

From Titlis, the views of the Rhaetian, Bernese, and Valais Alps are absolutely beautiful.

It is possible to go from Lucerne to Titlis in one day. Based on the travel time we have already experienced, I estimate around 1 hour and 15 minutes each way.

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

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 Titlis

Image of Titlis Valley Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

To get from Lucerne to Titlis, you will have to take the following connections:

  1. Take the Interregio train from Lucerne to Engelberg.
  2. In Engelberg, take the bus that goes to Engelberg, Titlisbahn. Alternatively, you could also walk from the train station.
  3. Once in the valley station, you will take the gondola to Stand.
  4. In Stand, you will take the Rotair cable car to Titlis.

Alternatively, you can also simply walk from Engelberg train station to Titlis Valley station. It is a short 10-minute walk from the Engelberg train station to the Titlis Valley station.

If you would like to read more about Titlis, you can check out this page – 10 Best Things to Do in Titlis Switzerland.


How to Get From Lucerne to Titlis: Guided Tour

If you prefer a guided tour to Titlis, you can find a highly-rated one on GetYourGuide. GetYourGuide.com is a renowned travel platform in Europe that gives you the flexibility to book either travel guides or tickets, depending on your preference. Additionally, it offers the convenience of reserving your spot now and settling the payment at a later time.

Join a fascinating guided tour that will take you from the picturesque city of Lucerne to the awe-inspiring summit of Mount Titlis. Your adventure will commence with a comfortable bus ride, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, to the charming town of Engelberg. As you journey toward the base of Mount Titlis, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape that will take your breath away.

Once you arrive in Engelberg, the real fun begins as you embark on an exciting cable car ride that will whisk you up to the summit of Mount Titlis. Get ready to experience the renowned Rotair cable car, which features a unique revolving design that allows for panoramic views of the stunning scenery. Explore the incredible Glacier Cave and marvel at the shimmering ice formations within. Test your bravery by crossing the highest suspension bridge in Europe, which is suspended at a dizzying height above the valley below.

As the day draws to a close, you’ll return to Lucerne, filled with unforgettable memories of your epic adventure to Titlis.

You may book this tour on GetYourGuide by clicking here – From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier.


Are There Direct Trains From Lucerne to Titlis?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there are no direct trains from Lucerne to Titlis.

Titlis can be reached via Engelberg from Lucerne.


How Long Does It Take From Lucerne to Titlis?

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

RouteDuration (Fastest)
Lucerne – Engelberg – Bus to Titlis Valley Station (Talstation Titlis) – Stand – Titlis1 hour 11 minutes
Lucerne – Engelberg – Walk to Titlis Valley Station (Talstation Titlis) – Stand – Titlis1 hour 17 minutes

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

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the ticket prices from Lucerne to Titlis:

RouteJourney (Single or Return)Full Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Lucerne – Engelberg – Titlis Valley Station (Talstation Titlis) – Stand – TitlisSingle89.4044.70
Lucerne – Titlis – Lucerne Round Trip (Train, No Guide)Return136.8068.40
Lucerne – Titlis – Lucerne Round Trip (Bus, With GetYourGuide)Return142.00

As you can see, if you avail of the Half Fare Travel Card, you can save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is 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 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.

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