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Where to stay in Zurich and Lucerne

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1. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 12y

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Any good ideas for budget accommodation in Zurich and Lucerne. How many nights/days should we spend there? And is the eurail/eurostar easy to get on and off... and then find places to stay. I have a lousy sense of direction......

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

I stayed in a fantastic place in Lucerne - but I can't remember the name of it. It was a hostel right on the river near the old gates (and on the same side of the river as the gates). It was almost opposite the little "castle" on the other side.

Lucerne's worth aqbout a 3 night stay; depending of course on what you want to see.

As for the Eurostar, it only goes to London, Brussels, Lille and Paris.

3. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 12y

OK, Thanks James. Wonder if I could do a search for that.... Was wondering if it's also worth joining the uhm...Hostelling International, and if I should get my daughter a student travel pass.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with the accommodation; just thought that when you went to Lucerne you could find your way to it.

I've been to Lucerne a number of times; it really is a beautiful place.

5. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 12y

that's quite OK James, I was hoping to have something already lined up when we get there. What I have seen of Lucerne looks beautiful.

6. Posted by Swissmiss (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

What kind of accommodation are you looking for exactly? What can you or do you want to spend a night?

There are for instance youth hostels all over Switzerland that provide cheap accommodation. You might have to share a room with several other people, though. Their website is
Certain hostels require you to become a member first (at a nominal fee).
In Zürich, I know of a backpacker hostel that is in a great location and within walking distance of many shops, restaurants, sights, etc. You can find it at
This too is fairly cheap. You have the possibility to get an individual room.

It really all depends on what you are looking for: price range, comfort, good location for a family, sightseeing, shopping, etc.

I'd be happy to get you some more information, both on Zürich and Luzern, if you can give me some more details.

7. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 12y

Thanks...I'll check it out. I am travelling with my 18 year we'll probably want our own room and private bath, although a private loo....with a shower on the same floor would be OK. I've been looking at The Coronado... I think that's what it's called, and something else in escapes me right now.... just want clean...breakfast included would be great...

8. Posted by beebo (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

If you get the eurostar to Paris then there is a TGV train to Basel(not 100% sure as I have never done that route) or Geneva. From Geneva it is a 2hr 30min to 3hrs ride up to Zurich, You will see a lot of the lovely country side as you skirt the Lac Leman and then continue north towards Zurich. If you wish to stop at Luzerne first then I sure your journey time should be a little shorter depending on connections, if needed. The Swiss train site is pretty useful and as we all know swiss trains are rarely late.

A few tips whilst on swiss trains:

[*]The Sandwiches sold on board are generally okay but a little pricey and definatly not the same quality you would get at the stations(also stock up on drinks before hand).

[*]If you are riding in a double decker train(one of the nice new ones!) the downstairs compartment is there for those who wish to sit in quite, work, read, nap... Try and keep noise to a minimum and definatly do not use your mobile down there. Else where on the train is

[*]Generally your baggage will be safe on the train, but do keep and eye on it at the stations.

I hope this is helpful

PS. I dont know how old your daughter is but be aware that the legal drinking age is 16 for beer and wine.

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

If you get the eurostar to Paris then there is a TGV train to Basel(not 100% sure as I have never done that route) or Geneva.

There are not yet any TGVs Paris - Basel (not for another 3 years), although there are traditional trains, albeit not hugely quick ones. There are a few TGVs to Geneva, but Paris - Lausane (and then Zurich, with regular trains) often works out better as it cuts out a large chunk of journey and slightly better connections than Geneva (which can be only 5 or 10 mins, during which you have to pass customs and find your way through the Geneva warren.)

In addition, there are 2 direct (early morning and mid afternoon) Paris - Zurich TGVs plus a night train, all of which will obviously be easier for you than changing, although any route with 1 change is easy enough. Be aware that all TGVs are compulsary reservation, and can fill up on the Zurich route with business travellers.

Luzern can be done directly from all of Zurich, Basel, Lausanne and Geneva, although if you get a chance, and are coming from Lausanne/Geneva/Basel, i would highly recomend going via Interlaken and getting the narrow guage train over the mountains (in daylight)which is a stunning journey, whilst Interlaken itself is a great area to explore, although can get overrun with backpack type travelelrs

10. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 12y

lots to think about...the Interlaken trip sounds like a definate maybe....;)and Jess is of legal drinking age everywhere except the USA.... We have people to visit with in Amsterdam July 10 - about 5 days to explore a wee bit of Sw...and then about 3 days or so in Paris...or Brussels....or......?? before we head to the UK to visit with family and there cheap, clean accommodation in Paris....or do we look elsewhere...
My husband and I plan on coming back to EU in a couple of years to do a more extensive trip before heading home..from the USA to Australia. This one is just a quickie for my daughter and me...