Hi, are you driving or taking the train? It's a six hour drive without any stops and you will have to buy the Swiss vignette (a sticker you put on the windshield) that costs 40 SF or about $40 at the current exchange rate. If by train, it's a 6 1/2 to 7 hour trip with at least on change in Milan.
Seems a bit much for a day trip! You would no more than get there and you'd have to turn around to head back! Even an overnight trip would be more time spent travelling than in Lucerne.
You can get driving maps and directions at
just click on the far right box
Train schedules in Englich are at
Enjoy your trip.
If it's not too late, maybe you can change your flights to land in Zürich and then return from Rome. It's called "open jaw," and it usually doesn't cost much more than a simple round trip. You can find these using the "multiple destination" tag on the airlines' sites.
Anyway, Luzern is only an hour from the Zürich airport, so it's very easy to get there. That way, you could spend a day or two in Luzern, then continue your journey south to Italy.
Thanks so much for the info. I already purchased the Italy tickets; Lucerne is an afterthought; but I might change my itinerary go to Lucerne and spend less time in Rome or Santa Margherita (I have no hotels reserved yet); I'd rather not be stressed and have a relaxing month, since that's the amount of time we'll be travelling en total.
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