Lake Lucerne Cruise (Routes, Prices & More)

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Lake Lucerne is one of the country’s largest lakes and a popular tourist destination in central Switzerland. Luzern has many things to do and is easily accessible by various mountain railways, including the panoramic trains that are so popular among first-time visitors to Switzerland.

A cruise on Lake Lucerne is even included in the Gotthard Panorama Express experience, and it’s one of the highlights of the entire trip. But you can explore the lake without riding any trains first, and this detailed guide to cruises on Lake Lucerne will tell you all you need to know to plan that adventure!

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Lake Lucerne Tour Suggestions

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If you just want to jump on a cruise and enjoy a short trip or a full day out on the lake, then the following three options might be just the ticket.

The first one is a Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing cruise which you can take at whichever time you like (as long as there is a boat). It is a one-hour affair that shows you all the highlights and an audio explanation in your choice of language.

The second option is an excellent combination of a small group Lucerne Tour , which covers all the highlights and ends with a one-hour lake cruise.

The third option is one of my favorite trips in Switzerland. A boat trip on Lake Lucerne to the lovely lakeside town of Vitznau followed by a ride up Mt Rigi on the stunning cogwheel railway.

Or, you can book a full day on the lake with all your friends on your own private boat , including stops at all the best spots, lunch at a fantastic restaurant and time to jump in the lake and swim. You can drive the boat yourself if you are up for it!

Another flexible and cheap option is this all-day ticket to jump on and off the local boats on Lake Lucerne, which include some fantastic historic steamboats. My favorite way to get to somewhere like Mt Rigi via Vitznau.

If you would prefer to organise your trip on the Lake Lucerne ferries, keep reading below.

Cruising on Lake Lucerne: Overview

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The important thing you need to know before you book a boat ride on Lake Lucerne is that there are two main types of lake cruises – culinary and panoramic. Panoramic boat tours take you across the lake, allowing you to discover jaw-dropping views.

On the other hand, culinary cruises are usually themed – think fondue cruises, fajita cruises, etc. You’re seated at a dining table and enjoy a delicious meal while views of the lake and surrounding mountains flash in the background.

Panoramic boat rides are affordable and usually free or discounted with the various travel passes. Culinary boat rides are more expensive because they include a meal and drinks, and you can’t get a huge discount.

Choose a sunset cruise if money isn’t an object. Lake views are more magical when contrasted against the colors of a sunset, and dinner is much more delicious when paired with such stunning views.

Also, it is possible to choose from almost 20 different boats. The fleet includes five paddle steamers and 14 motor vessels, so feel free to board the boat you like the most.

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Lake Lucerne Pier

Although there are piers in many towns along the lake shore, your best bet for a cruise is to head to Lucerne. There are seven piers in the city alone, and it’s where you’ll have the most options for Lake Lucerne boat trips. Piers 1, 2, and 3 operate boat trips to all the bigger towns on the lake shore.

There’s another reason why Lucerne is the best starting point for lake cruises, and that is easy public transport access. It’s the biggest city on the shore of the lake, and it has the best train connections to other cities in Switzerland. So, if you rely on public transport, you’ll be glad to know that you can easily travel to Lucerne by train from most other towns and cities in Switzerland.

The main train station in Lucerne is directly adjacent to piers 1, 2, and 3. It’s impossible to miss – look for the large steamboats and head in their direction.

Boats operate on Lake Lucerne year-round, so you can go on a lake cruise whenever you want. The main difference between summer and winter timetables is that the boats are more frequent in the summer. Also, some cruise routes are seasonal, so you won’t be able to do all the routes if you visit in the off-season.

Here’s a timetable for Lake Lucerne cruises this winter season:

Lake Lucerne Cruise Timetable

You can check it out more at this link , and see what all the different annotations mean.

Here’s another link for the Spring 2023 timetable , which includes additional routes. I’ll add the summer 2023 timetable to this guide once they post it online!

Generally speaking, cruising on the lake in the summer is best. It’s a much more enjoyable experience when it’s warm and sunny, plus you have many more options for cruise routes. Winter cruises can be just as magical, especially when the boats are adorned with lovely Christmas decorations, but it can be freezing on the open decks.

Ticket Prices

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Ticket prices depend on factors and range from 10 CHF to more than 100 CHF. You can get a day pass for the lake that lets you ride multiple boats or purchase point-to-point tickets to hop from one town to the next.

The prices also depend on the season, but the average number I can give you is between 40 CHF and 70 CHF for return tickets. Remember that you can also get all sorts of discounts, so don’t forget to check out your options.

The cheapest option is a one-hour catamaran cruise with no breaks or meals. Tickets start at some 25 CHF for second-class seats, without a discount.

You can use this link to estimate how much your journey on Lake Lucerne would cost.

Cruising on Lake Lucerne

Opening Hours

The operating hours for cruises on Lake Lucerne depend on the season; you can check the current schedule here .

Cruises occur daily, even in the winter season, but the operating hours are shorter during the colder months. Also, remember that these opening hours are for the various ticket offices along the shore of Lake Lucerne – the boat cruise timetable is entirely different. It depends on the season and weather conditions.

There are usually two daily departures in the winter season for the Lucerne-Fluelen cruise, but more departures for the shorter routes on the lake. Click here for the current timetable of all cruises and ferries on Lake Lucerne.

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One of the best cruise routes on Lake Lucerne is from Flüelen to Lucerne. This is the trip included in the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, so if you’re doing that and you’re going to ride the Gotthard Panorama Express Train, this is the route you should take. This cruise covers almost the entire lake, and it is truly a wonderful experience.

Luzern – Hergiswil – Alpnachstad is another popular route, especially with hikers who want to ascend Mount Pilatus, the closest mountain to Lucerne . Trips to Küssnacht and Ennetbürgen are also pretty popular, especially among travelers who want to explore as many lake destinations as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the swiss travel pass valid on the lake lucerne cruise.

Yes, the Swiss Travel Pass is valid for cruises on Lake Lucerne and gets you a free ride on any of the passenger ships. You can’t get a free culinary cruise, but depending on the exact boat, you might be eligible for a discount, so ask around.

If you have the local Tell Pass, that also includes free travel on ferries on Lake Lucerne. Additionally, I have to point out that a Lake Lucerne cruise is included in the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland itinerary. When traveling from Lugano to Lucerne on the Gotthard Panorama Express train, passengers should get out at Flüelen for a panoramic boat trip across the entire lake.

Where can tickets be bought for the Lake Lucerne cruise?

Individual tickets for Lake Lucerne boat trips can be purchased once you’ve boarded a boat. There’s no surcharge for purchasing the ticket once you’re on the boat.

In addition to that, you can also buy tickets at the year-round offices in Weggis and Lucerne. Ticket offices in other towns are open only seasonally. Getting tickets from most railway operators is also possible, and you can even buy them online.

Can I reserve some seats for the Lake Lucerne cruise?

You can reserve seats only in the dining and lounge areas of the boats. You can’t reserve seats for the upper deck; they’re assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also, groups of ten or more people must make a group reservation, but remember that this doesn’t include a fixed seat reservation.

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Hello, Is it possible to do a hop on hop off cruise in Lake Lucerne and thus pass between several villages or sites around the lake? Is there any link that explains how it’s done? Thank you

If you get a day pass for the region then you can do what you want. I believe it may also be possible to do it on a return ticket to your final destination, but you should check at the SBB train station or boat counter. Local boats on the lakes are the same as public transport in Switzerland, so the same rules apply as for normal travel passes.

I would like to take Lucerne boat cruise to Stans so I can take cable car to Mt. Stanserhorn. I will purchase Swiss Travel Pass. Where can I catch cruise to Stans? Is there an address for the pier as may be coming from Grand Europe Hotel in Lucerne.

Hi Duane Lee, All the boats in Lucerne leave right opposite the train station on the lake. You should take the bus into town to the train station. It is right on the water there near where the bus will come in. Just type in : Lucerne Bahnhofquai on google maps and you will see. I am not 100% sure which quai the stans boat leaves from, but just ask around once you get there.

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  • Last Updated: 25 Jun 2020
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Lake Lucerne is one of our favorite lakes in Switzerland, with so many mountain peaks towering over the water and so much variety as you twist and turn around each corner. After all these years, it still makes me gasp with delight when we drive by or ride up a gondola to admire it from above.

One of the best ways to enjoy this lake’s many charms is on a lake cruise, where you get all the views without the hard work of hiking. The kids love watching the inner workings of the steam engine and exploring the boat. I love lounging in the sun and watching the fairy tale Swiss landscape float by.

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For an easy day, we like the one-way 3 hour tour down the full length of the lake, from Lucerne to Flüelen at the south end. Of course there are many other shorter and longer tours, which I’ll mention below. But this is a great tour to start with and a wonderful choice with visitors.

Note: This outing was sponsored by Lucerne Tourism .

Lake cruise overview

Operating times, combo with mountain journeys, how to get there, getting on the boat & where to sit, leaving luzern, steam boat magic, cruising down the lake, arriving in brunnen, back on the boat to flüelen, food on the ship, arriving in flüelen, back to lucerne.

First a short video from our day by 110 in partnership with Lucerne Tourism .

The Vierwaldstättersee, aka Lake Lucerne in English, is an enormous lake in central Switzerland south of Lucerne city. The map below is from a free brochure you can get the tourist info desk or on the boat. There are lots of cruise options, but for this post, I’ve focused on the full lake tour from Luzern to Flüelen, about 3 hours, with an optional break in Brunnen. 

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If you want a shorter day, you could start in Brunnen and just do the 1 hour cruise to Flüelen, which is the best part of the cruise.

For the full lake tour, the boat leaves Lucerne hourly on the xx:12 and takes about 3 hours to reach the end of the lake at Flüelen. But definitely check the current timetable at before heading out.

Here is a sample timetable for summer 2020. If you want to ride a steam boat (you do! more about that later), make sure to pick a route with the little boat icon at the top.

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Sometimes we like to get off the boat in Brunnen (after 2 hours on the boat) and walk around a bit, get a gelato and let the kids run around at the park (more about that below). The next boat comes in a hour, which goes by quicker than you think. When we finish the boat ride in Flüelen, we take the train back to Lucerne if we came by car or straight home to Zürich if we came by public transport. 

FYI, this is the first half of the popular tourist route: Gotthard Panorama Express , which continues on a panorama train from Flüelen to Ticino. This tour is available starting 4 July 2020.

Ticket Prices

Here are some few 2023 prices. See current prices on .

  • One way full lake (Luzern to Flüelen) CHF 51. Return to Lucerne by train CHF 21
  • Short round trip Lucerne – Beckenried (2.5hr) CHF 58
  • Day pass CHF 83. This covers a full day of travel on the lake, any direction.

You can buy your ticket directly on the boat, at the ticket desk at the pier, or online.

They don’t check your ticket as you board the boat, but rather walk around later after the boat is on the water. So just board the boat and walk directly to the ticket booth to purchase your tickets. You can send the rest of your family to grab the best seats while you buy tix. 

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Those with a SBB Half-fare card and children 6-16 get a 50% discount. Kids under 6 and those with a SBB Junior Card ride free. If you already have a Tell Pass , SBB Day Pass, or GA pass, the boat rides are included – hooray! You would only need to pay more if you want to upgrade to 1st class. 

These boat cruises are a particularly great use of a SBB Saver Day Pass , which you can buy 2 months in advance, as low as CHF 52 (less with a SBB Half-fare card).

Ride free on your birthday! Bring your ID and you can ride free on the boats on your birthday.

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If you are doing any mountain excursions, make sure to buy a combo ticket that gives a small discount on both the boat and mountain transport. Combo offers are available for Rigi, Pilatus, Beckenried, and Treib Seelisberg. See details here.

Most cruises start at the Lucerne piers, just outside the main train station, very easy to find. Of course, you can catch the boat at any of its stops along the lake, which I’ll talk more about below.

By public transport: Simply take a train to Luzern, Bahnhof. Exit through the main entrance, walk through the main arch towards the water. 

By car: Drive to Luzern. It’s most convenient to park at the underground parking at the train station ( Bahnhofpl. 1, 6002 Luzern ). After parking, you walk through the train station and outside directly to the piers.

When you drive in, you’ll see P1 and P2 to your left and P3 to your right, a bit farther away. They all start at CHF 4 for the first hour, but P1 & P2 are slightly more expensive at CHF 2.50 for each additional hour, while P3 is CHF 2 for each additional hour. 

We prefer to park at Parkhaus Altstadt ( Baselstrasse 4, 6003 Luzern ), which is a bit more affordable and more importantly, has easy access to the freeway without having to drive through the city. As an example, it costs CHF 12.50/ 6 hours. It’s a pretty walk along the river, about 15 mins, to reach the piers, as shown below.

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See all Luzern parking options   and download a PDF with a price comparison between all garages.

After you exit the train station, simply walk through the arch towards the water. The boat docks are directly in front of you, as shown on this map. When you get to the water, check the boat schedule and go to the numbered dock that matches the boat you want to take. You can always ask at the ticket office for assistance.

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Photo story of the boat cruise

There are no seat reservations, so it’s best to arrive a bit early so you can get a good seat. Of course, we like to sit right at the front of the boat, like we are here.

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If that seat is already taken, we prefer the eastward facing side. But you can’t go wrong no matter where you sit, the views are great on every side. The sides of the boat are high enough that little kids won’t fall off. But you still need to watch them carefully so they don’t stand up on benches or chairs or crawl through railings.

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Let’s start our day. We got on the boat early and got the best seats up front.

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Here we are leaving Luzern, watching the beautiful buildings of this historic city pass by as we head out to the open water.

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The lake is very wide at near Luzern and the mountains farther apart. You can see Pilatus on the right and Stanserhorn on the left.

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We prefer to ride on the steam powered boats, which have an open view on the lower deck to the cool machinery that powers the boat. It’s mesmerizing to watch the wheels in motion and interesting to see the workers maintaining the works, regularly filling up the oil and whatnot. Our boat was the oldest in the fleet, built in 1901 and kept in beautiful shape, running like a dream more than 200 years later.

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I love all the old tyme details like this beautiful stairs. I was so happy to a new patch for my backpack!

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On this trip, we were on the 1st class upper deck, which has more open seating in the sun.

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Plenty of rescue boats and safety supplies on board.

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View of the distinctive Mythen peaks above Schwyz. I highly recommend hiking to the top of Grosser Mythen on the right, which I did at sunrise a few weeks ago.

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Here’s one of the other boats in the fleet. Not all steam boats look the same. This one was a bit smaller than ours, with no upper deck on the front of the boat.

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Passing through Treib . If you get off here, you can take a funicular train up to Seelisberg and get a great view of the lake. There are also nice hikes up there, including the first leg of the Swiss Path .

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This is my favorite part, as we approach Brunnen and turn the corner to reveal the most dramatic peaks of the trip. It’s unbelievably beautiful!

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We got off the boat in Brunnen and knocked around for an hour before catching the next boat at 12:09. The waterfront is a nice place to stroll and lounge. Along the boardwalk there is giant chess and mühle set you can play with. I forgot to take a pic of that, sorry! We got gelato at the Belmondo cafe .

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Here’s a map of the Brunnen area.

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If you walk north along the water, you’ll come a big grassy field with a playground, which the kids will appreciate.

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There’s also a great playground next to the field. Sorry my pic isn’t so helpful.

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We caught the next ferry towards Brunnen. Tschüss Brunnen! 

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Approaching Bauen, the end of the first section of the Swiss Path .

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So quiet and beautiful in this section, like a scene from a fairy tale.

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The best pic is at the back of the boat with the big Swiss flag. You gotta be patient to catch it.

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This pic is from a cruise we did on the 31 Dec 2009. It was cold but so beautiful!

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We love seeing places we’ve hiked before. We hiked across this mountain on the last section of the Swiss Path from Sisikon to Brunnen .

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There is a restaurant on both levels on the boat, with drinks, snacks and full meals. On busy days, you’ll need to reserve a table. They also offer themed culinary cruises, like a sunset dinner cruise. But those are on hold at the moment because of Corona. You are also allowed to picnic on the boat.

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The last stop is Flüelen at the southern end of lake. Take a moment to wave goodbye to the ship.

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Love these Swiss canton flags at the Flüelen waterfront.

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Once you reach Flüelen, you can take the ferry back, but that’s another 3 hours. The boat drops you right at the Flüelen train station, where you can catch the train back to Luzern, about a 1 hr journey. The trains are coordinated with the boat schedule. The boats arrive on the xx:55 and the trains leave on the xx:03. See current schedule on . 

You can also take the express Tell Bus , which is a bit quicker at 50 mins but also a bit more complicated. From the Flüelen pier and train station, you’ll need to walk under the train tracks to the Flüelen, Hauptplatz bus stop . Then take the bus two stops south to Flüelen Eggberge (as shown on the map below). Then transfer to the Tell Bus and ride it to Lucerne. It drops you off at the Lucerne train station.

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Being around water soothes me, grounds me, and relaxes me. For my sanity, I need to be close to the water. No water, no Rex. I believe that Lake Lucerne is one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. In fact, the lake is one of the chief reasons why I have moved here from Hawai'i.

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How boat navigation on Lake Lucerne has changed over time

In the 1800s, boats on Lake Lucerne were mainly used for trade. Yet today, the ferries, steamboats, and passenger ships are both a tourist attraction and a way for local Swiss to commute.

Over time, the ports along Lake Lucerne have attracted hotels, restaurants, cafés, and shops. This added convenience is attracting ever more people to the water - and thus on board the boats.

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In Switzerland, riding a boat is an exquisite way of exploring another canton. And especially for getting to a point across a lake, boats are often faster than trains and buses.

The Lake Lucerne Navigation Company operates most of the ships you see on Lake Lucerne. I can highly recommend trying their various experiences. Whether it is simply getting from Lucerne to Bürgenstock or taking your date on a sunset cruise, there are lots of memorable ways to be on the water.

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The Great Lake Cruise on Lake Lucerne

On a lonely Saturday morning, I decide to do the Great Lake Cruise , a roundtrip journey from Lucerne to Flüelen and back. Lucky me: boat rides are included in my SBB GA pass (as well as in the Swiss Travel Pass). I pack my cameras and jump on the 09:12 AM “Gotthard” boat to Flüelen.

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The Great Lake Cruise operates all year and requires roughly 5.5 hours. It starts in Lucerne in the morning and runs hourly from 9:12 AM until 1:12 PM. Of course, if your feet are getting antsy during the long ride, feel free to jump off along the way.

The towering Swiss Alps, views of rolling hills, old cottage homes, historic churches, and cafés with lakeside terraces invite you along the way.

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I end up planting my feet for the entire ride, enjoying the ever-new vantage point from behind the window and from the deck.

The snow-capped Mount Pilatus looked his best:

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Bürgenstock with its wooded slopes reminds me of an island in Southeast Asia.

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As we get closer to Flüelen, the stark cliffs of Uri make for quite a contrast to the turquoise lake.

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Before I know it, I have stayed for the entirety of the Great Lake Cruise! If the roundtrip seems excessively long, I still recommend taking the boat at least one way on a leisurely day. In this scenario, you could start either in Lucerne or Flüelen and ride the train back.

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And some expert advice: embark on the Great Lake Cruise in the early morning. That’s because the lake will be mostly calm and void of most private boats.

More information about Lake Lucerne

Size: 114 km² Depth: 214 m

The most scenic parts of Lake Lucerne:

  • Bay of Lucerne
  • Bay of Gersau
  • Kreuztrichter (the cross-shaped center part of the lake)
  • Bay of Weggis
  • Bay of Stans
  • Bay of Horw
  • Lake Alpnach
  • Lake Küssnacht

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  • Curious46536629497 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Leisurely cruise with a nice view of Luzern The view of Luzern, the mountains and Lake Luzern on this leisurely cruise was wonderful! The gentle rocking of the boat in the waves allowed me to catch a wink on the way back after a day of walking around Luzern! Read more Written March 17, 2024
  • 744carolines 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Steamer Lunch Cruise On our first day in Switzerland (and Lucerne), my husband and I went on the steamer lunch cruise, and it was lovely. It happened to be raining, so the covered upper deck was a perfect way to view the lake while sheltering from the rain. The food was great; we had the fried perch (with French fries) and the meat patties (with mashed potatoes and vegetables), as well as mocktails. It was also fun to see the working engine and the paddle wheels powering the boat. And, the staff were all friendly and professional. Read more Written August 29, 2023
  • Julie W 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great views! This was a great way to see Lucerne via the lake! This is just sight seeing. No commentary, just an out and back on the lake. Boat was clean and nice. Read more Written July 30, 2023
  • 803beckyv 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Very relaxing cruise This is a beautiful ride around the lake. Very relaxing. There is no food service or drinks but they do have machines to buy a snack from. For the low cost of this cruise, it is well worth it. Read more Written July 26, 2023
  • Jeanine Desiree... S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Catamaran 1 hour cruise in Lucern The catamaran was clean, comfortable and beautiful!! The experience was seamless. Crew exceptional friendly It was overall a beautiful pleasant experience! Read more Written July 3, 2023
  • AggieWill1989 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Save your money Bartender was a completely disrespectful towards Americans. He served everyone else before Americans and was the most rude person we encountered on our 20 day trip. He obviously doesn’t realize we pay his salary and if he was slightly pleasant, he would have received a tip. That one person ruined the entire boat ride to the Grand Hotel. Read more Written June 24, 2023
  • ethand920 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great tour, problems with ticket The self guided tour was great. It was a splendid way to spend a day. The people checking tickets on the boat were unsure about the tickets we had purchased. I would recommend purchasing tickets directly through the vendor instead of via TripAdvisor. Read more Written June 6, 2023
  • 179mls 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great way to experience the Alps! We decided to do the independent tour on a recent trip to Lucerne. Everything went very smoothly - the tickets were easy to get and covered the boat ride, the railroad and the cable car. It was great being able to tour at our own pace and spend as much or little time at each stop. The only criticism is that’s a bit of a walk from the cable car drop off in Weggis to the ferry port. My mom is on a Walker, and it would have been good to know about that. All the other connections were very close, but mobility is important for that last connection. We wouldn’t have made it if we had done the reverse trip and had to go UP that hill! But overall ver reasonable price and great experience. And the VIEWS!,, Read more Written May 19, 2023
  • drsharonleed 0 contributions 3.0 of 5 bubbles Spring Lake Lucerne jaunt Nice time out on Lake Lucerne. Great weather. No explanation/guide available. Many nationalities on board. Efficient boarding and disembakation. Read more Written April 19, 2023
  • texas423 0 contributions 3.0 of 5 bubbles Not a tour This trip was beautiful but it does not have any information on what you are seeing. It really is more of a transport to take folks to a resort across the lake. Read more Written April 13, 2023
  • edenluvspete 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Beautiful way to see Lucerne! We really enjoyed this sunset cruise! It ended up being one of our favorite things we did in Switzerland. We got to see a lot of beautiful scenery and the ride was very peaceful! Read more Written March 19, 2023
  • Bonnie H 0 contributions 3.0 of 5 bubbles Lost above Luzern Great way to see the countryside and mountains near Luzern but the instructions were awful. Nervous all day trying to figure out what to do and what was included. They could have made this an exceptional trip with a few more instructions included with the ticket. Read more Written October 2, 2022
  • 848danad2016 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Poor Communication by Trip Advisor & Tour Operator! The first boat left us at the Pier ! The second boat had to be told not to leave me with in the bathroom , they were pounding on the bathroom door for me to get out … I did pulling my trousers up and running down the steps and jumping off the boat so I could be with the rest of my party . HUMILIATING !!!!! Next they tell you NOTHING -they yell at you in German - dropped us off at Rigi Klum and there is no one there to help you or even tell you when to be ready for the next train down . There are times posted from December nothing current . So we missed the train down and had to sit in freezing rain for an hour to head down . Yes it’s am independent tour the least you could provide is some guidance , time tables -anything would be nice . If you don’t speak German forget it — they yell at you ! I guess after a 2 year lockdown they don’t need any tourist money they must be financially secure , that is why no one is working ! I bet on a clear day it’s beautiful on a cold rainy day it’s awful ! And they wouldn’t even let us reschedule! Lesson learned is I am NOT going to book anymore with Trip Advisor ,tired of these second hand companies pushing us around like cattle and treating us like crap . A little respect goes a long way … Read more Written September 28, 2022
  • janicemF2980SH 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Nice hour trip across beautiful lake. Really nice, clean, new and smooth boat ride across Lake Lucerne, would recommend to see the beautiful lake and small homes/villages around lake. Price seemed high. Took boat to Mt Rigi tram. Read more Written July 25, 2022
  • Kelly W 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne We may have been able to do this on our own for less money, but this tour turned out to be great! It was nice to not have to figure out the schedules and the options all on our own. Everything was smooth from the boat ride across the lake to the cogwheel train up the mountain and the gondola back down. The view from Reggie mountain is spectacular, and you can spend as much time as you like on the mountain. You have the option of walking and hiking as little or as much as you want. The weather was perfect for us, and this was a wonderful excursion from our visit in Lucerne. Loved it! Read more Written June 25, 2022

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Lake Lucerne

Encircled by popular excursion mountains, Lake Lucerne is the lake with the greatest scenic variety in the country. It is somewhat reminiscent of a fjord landscape, yet remains characterised by a mild lake climate. Boat cruises on board five historic paddle wheel steamers and 15 elegant salon motor vessels count among the highlights of this region.


A steamer cruise across the convolute lake of Lucerne on a sun-filled summer’s day is without doubt a wonderful experience. But a trip on a late scheduled sailing through a mild summer’s evening or, shortly before Christmas, toward the sea of lights that is the town of Lucerne must at least be just as unforgettable. As is the mystical mood on the lake during the autumn mist period, and when the steamer cuts steadily through the waves on Lake Uri whipped up by the föhn wind. Trips in the cosy warmth of the saloon motor vessels, whilst the snow-covered winter landscape passes by outside, can only be described as complete relaxation. The largest shipping company in Switzerland operates the necessary routes to reach many of the most important excursion destinations and mountain cableways of the region, such as the Rigi, Pilatus, Bürgenstock and Klewenalp. Special musical and culinary events are also offered on numerous scheduled and additional trips. The rich offering of delicious foods from the onboard galley provides added enjoyment and pleasure to any cruise. A boat trip can be ideally combined with a walk, such as the "Weg der Schweiz" or Swiss Path, a themed trail on the history of Switzerland. Several cycling and skating paths as well as numerous bathing and rest areas are provided along the lake shores. An excursion to the popular sightseeing and shopping town of Lucerne, to include a trip to the Swiss Museum of Transport with its IMAX cinema, the Glacier Garden or a leisurely shopping expedition through the old town, is well worthwhile. The German lake name, ‘Vierwaldstättersee’, has its origins in the four historic ‘Waldstätten’ (lit. forest sites), the three original cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden, and the canton of Lucerne, which, together, surround Lake Lucerne. The foundation for the Swiss Confederation was laid in 1291 with the oath taken on the Rütli, a meadow above Lake Lucerne. In the past, the lake was an important transit route, until 1863 in fact the only trade route to the Gotthard pass. The lake route is still plied today by the "Gotthard Panorama Express": the trip begins in Lucerne with a cruise to Flüelen, and then continues in first-class panorama carriages across the famous Gotthard railway line through to Ticino.

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Lake Lucerne Cruise

The beautiful city of Lucerne in Switzerland is impressive in its own right, but a boat trip across Lake Lucerne allows visitors to enjoy breathtaking views of Lucerne and the surrounding nature, as well as quick transportation to various destinations. Whether by motorboat or steamboat, a Lake Lucerne Cruise is an extraordinary experience.

Cruising Lake Lucerne

The city of Lucerne in itself, in addition to incredible cultural and historical offerings, also has a harbor that invites you to take a boat trip. The experience of seeing the city from the water, framed by the surrounding mountains, is difficult to put into words. The breathtaking view of the unspoiled nature as well as villages on the shore of the lake makes visitors marvel and return to the place again and again. 

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Lucerne is located on the northwestern shore of the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne), which, as its name suggests, lies on the four “ Waldstätten “, the cantons of Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne. Surrounded by the Swiss Alps, Lucerne is a good starting point for boat trips as well as excursions into the surrounding countryside. Popular mountains with breathtaking views include Mount Pilatus, with an elevation of more than 2,000 meters, and Mount Rigi, whose peak is nearly 1,800 meters above sea level. A boat trip across Lake Lucerne can be easily combined with a trip to the surrounding mountains, which will be remembered for a long time. Especially worth mentioning here are the discounted prices for a combined purchase of boat and mountain railway tickets.

Besides the sight of the impressive mountains and forests, a boat trip is also an excellent way to get to know the individual shore towns of the lake. There are different trips to the nearby shore towns. Popular destinations for boat trips from Lucerne include Vitznau, Beckenried, Brunnen and Flüelen. A route summarizes these places, among others, starting in Lucerne and ending in Flüelen. However, the boats dock in the ports only briefly to let travelers embark or disembark. Therefore, it is a good idea to get off in individual towns to experience the culture and history to the fullest, and then get back on a boat some time later to continue the tour. 

two people enjoing a cruise on lake lucerne

Timetable, Price and Planning

There are countless tours that vary in time and price, so there is something for everyone. In the summer season, the harbors of Lake Lucerne are very busy.

  • From Lucerne there are trips to Meggenhorn (30 min), Küssnacht am Rigi (1 h) as well as to the Bürgenstock Resort (30 min). Return trips are usually available a few minutes after arrival at the respective destination, according to the timetable. In addition, there is a one-hour round trip with a panoramic yacht. The most popular route is the one between Lucerne and Flüelen, which is the only one open to tourists in the winter season (October to April).
  • Most of the excursions depart every hour, but it is still advisable to take a look at the current timetables and pay attention to the departure times. 
  • The route from Lucerne to Flüelen, with several stops in the beautiful towns of Vitznau, Beckenried and Brunnen, is the longest, taking three hours. To get a better impression of the individual towns, it is recommended to get off at the ports, stretch your legs briefly and get back on the next ferry, which stops at the port an hour later. 
  • If you want to forego the three-hour return trip from Flüelen by boat, there is the option of making the one-hour return trip by train. Conveniently, the arrival time of the boat is coordinated with the departure time of the train.
  • A one-way trip from Lucerne to Flüelen costs CHF 48 for adults. For a day ticket, which is valid for the whole lake, you pay 77 CHF. The return trip by train is marked at 22 CHF. 

With the steamboat across Lake Lucerne

A fascinating experience is to travel by steamboat. In Lucerne, this can be excellently combined with one of the described boat excursions. These sail the popular route between Lucerne and Flüelen once or twice a day, delighting tourists with the century-old technology behind such a construction.

Steamer Ships on lake lucerne

The oldest steamship in the fleet on Lake Lucerne was built in 1901 and, more than 100 years after it was christened, it still carries people safely across the lake. Inside the ship, you can watch the moving gears that drive the steam engine and set the ship in motion. You can see the busy workers regularly adding oil and following the captain’s instructions. In addition, loving details evoke nostalgia, making you think you have traveled back in time. 

It is especially exciting for young visitors to explore the interior of a steamship and experience a part of the history of shipbuilding for themselves. In addition, a steamboat tour can make children aware that today’s automation and machinery were not always taken for granted. The experience is also educational and interesting for adults, as you can also look behind the scenes of the mechanics and dive deep into the history of steam engines thanks to information signs.

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Good To Know

  • Important to make the cruise as comfortable as possible is, of course, appropriate clothing. In the summer, it should be noted that despite warm temperatures, it can be much cooler outside than you would expect due to the driving wind. In the wintertime, it is anyway advisable to enter the boat with a thick, windproof jacket, as well as gloves and a scarf, should you wish to sit on deck. However, most boats have several floors and inside you are of course well protected from wind and weather. 
  • Seating is divided into 1st and 2nd class, with first class being on the upper level and therefore having more sun seating. For this, the tickets are also a bit more expensive (~20 CHF).
  • Drinks and small snacks are available in all ships, but not all are equipped with ship’s restaurants. Regardless, in the port cities there is a possibility to satisfy hunger and continue with the next ferry.
  • To celebrate, (with ID) on your birthday, all ship rides are free!

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Final thoughts

An excursion to Lucerne can be perfectly combined with a boat trip, which promises breathtaking views of unspoiled nature and culture-rich port towns on Lake Lucerne. Regardless of the season, it is recommended to marvel at Lucerne from the water and explore the surrounding towns. Especially the trip with the steamboat remains in the memory of many visitors for a long time.

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Boat trips on Lake Lucerne

A boat trip that’s fun as well as beautiful. Enjoy the fresh lake air on an outing on Lake Lucerne. You’ll be fascinated by the scenery, the attractions of inland navigation and the historical places dotted along the shoreline.

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The perfect place for a stroll

The walk from the station alongside the lake to the Hotel Seeburg takes 50 minutes. This urban walk leads past the landing stages and over the bridge to arrive at Lucerne’s lakeside promenade.

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Lucerne and the mountains - they belong together. The city is surrounded by mighty mountain ranges and mostly snow-covered peaks. A paradise for hikers, snow sports fans and nature lovers is right on the doorstep. Within 30 minutes by public transport, you can reach three mountains with stunning views and plenty of adventure. Let yourself be enchanted by the calming power of the mountains of Central Switzerland.

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Escape the city and head up to Pilatus Kulm at an altitude of 2'132 m on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. The arrival by boat or by train and cogwheel railway alone is enough to put you in a holiday mood. You will be amazed by the magnificent panoramic views of the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region.

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What Not to Miss on a Day Trip to Lucerne Switzerland

W hile you could easily spend multiple days in Lucerne, Switzerland, it’s also a great city to enjoy as a day trip. This scenic town features lots of easy-to-see attractions that are all within walking distance of each other. 

During your Swiss vacation, be sure to plan a day trip to Lucerne, and include these top adventures on your itinerary (you’ll be glad you did!)

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How to Get to Lucerne

You’ll likely use Switzerland’s train system to reach Lucerne. The railway station is located in the city center near Old Town. There are train arrivals from various cities every hour.

Once here, the best way to see Lucerne is on foot. We’ve included the best things to do in Lucerne below. If you prefer, you can book a guided tour for a personalized experience. 

You can also rent a bike or use the public bus system to reach most of the main attractions in Lucerne. Public transportation is a breeze. 

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What to Do on a Day Trip to Lucerne

1. lion monument.

One of the top attractions in Lucerne is the Lion Monument. This carving of a dying lion sits above a tranquil pond. It honors the Swiss guards who gave their lives serving Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Mark Twain called it “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.”

We were surprised by how large the monument looks in person – it’s worth the short walk to reach it. Make this one of the first things you do once you arrive in Lucerne. It’s a great place to start your day. 

Located just outside of Old Town, The Lion Monument is free to visit. You’ll likely spend under 30 minutes reading the information boards, enjoying the tranquil setting, and admiring the work of art. 

It’s about a half mile uphill from the train station. 

2. Old Town

Old Town is Lucerne’s most popular and distinct area. You’ll want to spend much of your day here. Marked by its scenic waterfront setting and swoon-worthy architecture, this area has excellent shopping and dining for all kinds of visitors. 

Your main destination will be Old Town Boulevard. The street stretches between the town hall and Chapel Bridge. It’s the perfect place to walk along the water and immerse yourself in Lucerne’s beauty. 

Plan to spend 1 to 3 hours in the Old Town of Lucerne, which is within walking distance of the train station. It’s where you can start your adventure, enjoy a nice meal, and relax before you leave the city. If you’re lucky enough to spend the night in Lucerne, we recommend getting a hotel right in Old Town. This allows you to be steps away from some of the best experiences. 

3. Chapel Bridge

Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) is one of Lucerne’s most picturesque landmarks and is a must-visit during a day trip here. The covered bridge connects the northern and southern banks of River Reuss. Honestly though, it’s more than just a way to get from one place to the next. 

This is the oldest covered wooden bridge in the world, and it’s super photo-worthy. Take your time here since you’ll be looking at the great vantage of the city AND the artwork painted on the panels. 

The bridge stretches about 0.12 miles, but you’ll want to spend at least a half hour crossing it and taking in its sights. If you can fit it into your itinerary for a day trip to Lucerne, visit it in the daylight and after dark for two distinct experiences. 

4. Spreuer Bridge

Chapel Bridge may get all the glory, but it’s not Lucerne’s only historic timber bridge. Many visitors favor the smaller, more quaint Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). 

Like Chapel Bridge, the Spreuer Bridge features artwork in the panels under the roof. Allow for time to see both the interior and scenery surrounding the landmark. 

It’ll take less than a half hour to fully enjoy Spreuer Bridge. We recommend including both Chapel and Spreuer bridges in your day trip to Lucerne.

They run somewhat parallel over the River Reuss and are about a third of a mile apart. You can cross from Old Town on one bridge and return on the other. This makes for a great loop through this beautiful part of the city. 

5. Jesuit Church

Lucerne’s Jesuit Church sits on the south bank of River Reuss, halfway between Chapel and Spreuer bridges, so it’s easy to include in your one-day in Lucerne itinerary. But this beautiful church is worth going out of your way for too. 

This 17th-century Jesuit Catholic church is a marvel from the outside, but you’ll want to go inside to admire its Baroque design and incredible artistry.

It’s open to the public (though you’ll want to respect holidays and events), and you’ll likely spend less than 30 minutes here unless you settle in to fully take in the gorgeous artwork and details inside. 

6. Visit Lucerne’s Best Christmas Markets (Winter Activity)

It’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit in Lucerne. After all, the weather and architecture here are rich with holiday warmth. If you visit during the winter months, don’t miss Lucerne’s Christmas markets, which are located right in the town center. 


The top Christmas market to visit in Lucerne is the one by Franziskanerplatz (The Franciscan Church), located in Old Town. It’s got all the classic Christmas vibes: gingerbread, handmade crafts and gifts, and a festive carousel. What really puts this market over the top is the stalls. They are artfully designed to look like colorful wooden houses. 

Rudolfs Weihnacht

Want even more Christmas fun during your winter trip to Lucerne? Rudolfs Weihnacht is the largest Christmas market in the city, and it’s famous for its mulled wine and cheese fondue. Visit after dark for the best experience here. It’s located near the train station and the KKL concert hall and sits on the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Note: Most of Lucerne’s Christmas markets and events begin in December, but Rudolfs starts in mid-November, making this a great way to get into the spirit during an earlier visit. 

Luzerner Handwerksmarkt

Located in Old Town’s historic wine market, the Luzerner Handwerksmarkt only allows handmade crafts and is open on the weekend. It runs throughout spring, summer, and fall, but it feels extra festive in December when workers present pieces that are perfect for gift-giving. 

This is a great market to visit during daylight hours to enjoy the architecture and beauty of this scenic square. 

7. Go for a Cruise on Lake Lucerne (Summer Activity)  

If you’re visiting Lucerne during the summer months, you’ll want to hop aboard a catamaran to see even more of the city comfortably and easily. Cruises through Lake Lucerne leave from Old Town and feature some of the best views of architecture, Mt. Pilatus, and glistening water. 

We recommend choosing a boat trip that lasts between one and two hours to make this a part of your Lucerne day trip. 

Pro Tip: These short cruises are a great way to see the city and force busy travelers to slow down. If you’re worried you’ll feel pressed for time to see everything in Lucerne, you may need to take it down a notch, book a boat ride, and enjoy the sights at a slower pace. 

8. Musegg Wall and Towers

Musegg Wall and Towers offers historical and cultural insight in one place. This wall and nine towers were once part of the city’s fortification systems, and walking along its well-kept remnants is like stepping through time. 

This is a great place to enjoy panoramic views of Lucerne and the classic scenery of central Switzerland. The wall also serves as a sanctuary for endangered plants and animals, so nature lovers will enjoy visiting this popular destination. 

Hinter Musegg

While visiting Musegg Wall, be sure to check out Hinter Musegg, an urban farm that features fruit trees, mini pigs, alpacas, and cows. Their onsite restaurant serves homemade beer and baked goods in a unique setting. 

You’ll likely spend a little over 2 hours in the area if you visit the Musegg Wall, the gift shop, and the urban farm. They are located just north of Old Town, about a third of a mile from Chapel Bridge. 

9. Lucerne Lakeside Promenade 

If you love taking peaceful strolls, you must walk along the Lake Lucerne Promenade. This pathway stretches for miles along the water’s edge, but you don’t have to commit to a multi-hour stroll. It begins where the Reuss River meets Lake Lucerne. Find a shady spot to watch the boats sail in and out, or grab a bite to eat in a waterside cafe. 

There are even spots for swimming along the Promenade, plus a concert pavilion and spectacular views of Mount Pilatus, Mt. Rigi, and the Swiss Alps.

If you do find yourself wandering far along the Promenade, you can always catch a bus to make the return to Old Town quick and comfortable. 

10. Swiss Museum of Transport

Visitors of all ages will love the interactive exhibits at the Swiss Museum of Transport . This is the largest transportation museum in Europe, and it highlights the history and future of planes, trains, cars, and boats. 

In addition to its many mobility exhibits, there is also a planetarium, a Swiss Chocolate Adventure, a play area, and a theater. 

You’ll likely spend a little under two hours enjoying this fun spot. The Swiss Transport Museum is about a mile east of Old Town along the lakeside Promenade. 

Enjoy Lucerne’s Great Dining Scene

Of course, you’ll want to enjoy Lucerne’s many restaurants while in town for a full day. And since you’ll likely be here from morning through night, you can enjoy three great meals (and endless snacks) while you sightsee. 

Breakfast/Brunch: Restaurant Galerie

The Restaurant Galerie at Hotel Schweizerhof uses locally sourced ingredients to present elegant meals all day. It’s located halfway between the train station and the Lion Monument, so it can easily be your first stop during your day tour. 

Lunch: Restaurant Balances

Restaurant Balances features excellent food on a scenic terrace that overlooks the river. It’s located in Old Town, making it a great place to stop in for a delicious lunch while exploring the city. 

Dinner: Old Swiss House

The Old Swiss House restaurant features an expansive wine list, incredible food, and great service all in a beautiful historic building. We love its strong sense of place and convenient location in the Lucerne City Center. 

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While you could easily spend multiple days in Lucerne, Switzerland, it’s also a great city to enjoy as a day trip. This scenic town features lots of easy-to-see attractions that are all within walking distance of each other.

'It's really bad': In Lake Worth Beach, residents fume about endless road construction

LAKE WORTH BEACH — Tammy Pansa has been a Lake Worth Beach resident since 2007, and she understands the quirkiness and coziness of a city that has 37,000 residents packed into 7 square miles.

On a daily basis, there are thousands of pedestrians, scooter riders, bicyclists, business owners and motorists trying to get from here to there in tight quarters. It's what makes all the current road construction "so frustrating" for Pansa and residents.

"My biggest gripe is the lack of organization and communication of officials with the many road projects," she vented.

"I understand the city needs roadwork done. I get that. But why do we have all of the construction going on at the same time when a detour for one turns into another construction project when the first one isn't even finished? It's just silly."

In Lake Worth Beach, construction is at every turn it seems. Among the current projects:

  • Improving and lengthening turn lanes on Sixth Avenue South at Interstate 95, adding bicycle lanes and sidewalks, building sound walls and enhancing drainage, signs, lighting and pavement markings. It's part of an $18 million project started in November. Completion is planned for late 2025.
  • Repaving, new traffic signals, sidewalks, lighting and 7-foot-wide bicycle lanes are among the improvements being made on Lake Worth Road at the Palm Beach State College entrance. The $14 million project is scheduled to be complete this summer.
  • Building a 6-foot-wide sidewalk along Lake Osborne Drive, adding better lighting on Lake Worth Road and installing new pedestrian signals are part of a $2.8 million project started in January. Completion is scheduled for this summer.
  • Resurfacing the pavement, installing better signs, improving sidewalks and enhancing curb ramps to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act are part of the $5.4 million project underway on Lucerne and Lake avenues. The project is between east of A Street to east of Golfview Road. Completion of the 2 miles of the twin downtown east-west roadways is planned for early 2025.

And on the construction runway — upgrades to North Federal Highway begin in May.

Specifically, Pansa is critical of the road flow that chokes traffic.

"Take Sixth Avenue South," she said. "You go from two really busy lanes to one lane, and it clogs up at the intersection before it opens up to five lanes. There's absolutely no reason to bottleneck it down to one lane."

Concern about all the road construction is the primary feeling Mayor Betty Resch gets from city residents.

“There are so many construction projects. People don’t know what end is up,” said Resch, who won a second term as mayor in a runoff election Tuesday night.

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After her election win, Resch said the city's roads need repairing, but admits construction can drag on.

"Our roads are a problem," Resch said. "We've never been a rich town. There's always been a lot of delayed maintenance."

The city is often at the mercy of the Florida Department of Transportation on many of the projects, such as the paving of Lake and Lucerne Avenues and the turn lanes on Sixth Avenue South.

"We have city, county and state road construction all going on at the same time," Pansa griped. "They need to communicate and work with each other to make things easier for residents. It's not happening."

Pansa, who is a Realtor, is used to driving the city's roads during the day and is annoyed by the number of large trucks using side streets to get through town because the major roads are clogged with traffic and construction.

"It's really bad," she said. "The traffic on the alphabet streets (In Lake Worth Beach, north and south side streets are labeled A Street from Interstate 95 to O Street at the intracoastal) is just as jammed up as Dixie Highway."

Pansa also pointed out the various flooding issues that exacerbate the road problems, particularly on Dixie Highway at three locations — Third Avenue North at the Burger King, 14th Avenue South near the Key Food Fresh Supermarket and near Harry's Banana Farm at 19th Avenue North. She said flooding is also a problem off Lake Worth Road just west of Interstate 95 at the El Bodegon Plaza.

FDOT trying to open communication lines from 'Coffee with Construction' public meetings

Officials have tried to open up some communication lines with a recent Thursday night "Coffee with Construction" meeting the public could attend and ask officials information.

Pansa, however, said she and other residents didn't get the mail flyers until Friday and it was too late.

Some, however, did attend and expressed their concerns.

“Everywhere you look, there’s construction going on. It gets old after a while,” said veterinarian John Lynch, whose Lake Osborne Animal Shelter office on Lake Osborne Drive is near one of several construction projects in and around the city. 

Lynch was among about two dozen locals at Common Grounds Brew & Roastery on J Street for the meeting on the Federal Highway project. The meeting was called by the Florida Department of Transportation in the downtown coffee shop across the street from The Bamboo Room.

Scheduled to start in late May, the project includes resurfacing, lighting, drainage, improving curb ramps and sidewalks, making the speed limit 25 mph and installing new signals and signs at pedestrian crossings.

Completion of the $2.3 million project on North Federal Highway from south of 10th Avenue South to Sixth Avenue North is scheduled for spring of 2025.

FDOT usually holds such information meetings at sedate places like city halls, but the recent meeting at Common Grounds is part of a “new approach” by FDOT to encourage more public participation, said Leslie Wetherell, project manager for the Florida Department of Transportation.

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“Getting resident feedback is important. We listen and learn,” Wetherell said.

For example, she said Lake Worth Beach residents suggested eliminating existing center turn lanes on North Federal Highway between Second Avenue North and Sixth Avenue North at an earlier meeting.

“After hearing their concerns, we are taking out those center turn lanes. Six-foot-wide bicycle lanes on both sides are going in,” said Wetherell, pointing to that section of the map on North Federal Highway near Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Parrot Cove apartments.

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New signal lights for pedestrians got the attention of Vincent Cerniglia, a musician who lives along Federal Highway.

“We ride our bicycles and walk to most places. New signals will make crossing the streets much safer for us and others, especially during rush hour,” said Cerniglia.

Parking his blue golf cart outside the coffee shop, Greg Richter said he was glad to see the roadwork being done. As president of the South Palmway Neighborhood Association, Richter was concerned about parking and diverting traffic during construction.

“I’m here to find out what’s going on. I’ll report back to our association,” said Richter, a Realtor.

When will the paving project for Lake and Lucerne Avenues be completed?

At the meeting, FDOT rolled out its expansive plan for the paving project on Lake and Lucerne Avenues, which has been in the works for many years .

Crews will first redo sidewalks, curbs and lighting on both streets in sections, which will last through the summer. The road resurfacing won't begin until early fall, officials say.

Inevitably, traffic will be affected but for the city, which has long wanted a fresh look for its signature avenues , it is worth it.

The goal for the paving project is to be completed in time for the 2025 Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival , which will give the artists a newly minted canvas.

For information on the Federal Highway project in Lake Worth Beach and other Palm Beach County road construction, go to .

James Coleman is a journalist at the  Palm Beach Post , part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach him at  [email protected]  and follow him on X (formerly known as Twitter) at  @JimColeman11 . Help support our journalism.  Subscribe today.

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