From St. Gallen to Lucerne

Map Voralpen-Express

The gentle side of Switzerland: It’s not all 4,000-metre mountains and deep ravines. On the Voralpen-Express, visitors discover a different kind of Switzerland – undulating hills, picturesque villages and lovely orchards.

The Voralpen-Express, operating hourly between Central and Eastern Switzerland, is the most beautiful combination of nature and culture. The copper-coloured train passes the impressive upland moor in Rothenthurm, continues through the rolling Toggenburg, and finally crosses the Sitter Viaduct – possibly Switzerland’s highest railway viaduct.

  • Leg: St. Gallen – Arth-Goldau – Rapperswil – Wattwil – St. Gallen
  • Distance: 125 km
  • Duration: 2 h 15 min
  • Website: Voralpen-Express
Food & Beverages
The Voralpen-Express offers two modern bistro areas with snack and drink vending machines as well as a coffee machine. Guests can find regional and classic dishes in the snack vending machine.
  • Year-round operation
  • Operates in both directions at hourly intervals

Timetable Voralpen-Express (VAE)

Tickets & Reservation


  • This route is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) and GA travelcard.


  • Seat reservation available for individual travellers
  • Seat reservation required for groups of 10 or more persons (no surcharge)