Gotthard Panorama Express

From Lugano/Bellinzona to Lucerne/Arth-Goldau

Map: Gotthard Panorama Express

Starting at Lugano or Bellinzona, the journey takes travellers from the Mediterranean south right through the heart of Switzerland – and the Gotthard tunnel built in 1882 – over die Alps towards the north. En route, the church of Wassen can be seen from three different angles; thanks to the bold railway layout with its many loop tunnels it has become world-famous.

On a steamboat or modern motor vessel, passengers seamlessly continue via Flüelen across Lake Lucerne. Many locations steeped in history such as the Rütliwiese, the Schillerstein and Tell Chapel greet guests with their original Swiss charms. In the afternoon, Lucerne harbour – located right next to the famous Chapel Bridge – welcomes the travellers. Alternatively, travellers can stay on the panoramic train until Arth-Goldau with direct access to the network of the Rigi Railways. And by the way: The journey can easily be travelled in the opposite direction, too.

Apart from the many sights, passengers enjoy special presentations about history, myths and legends around Gotthard during this historic journey through time.

  • Route:
    • Lugano/Bellinzona to Flüelen by train. Flüelen to Lucerne by steamboat.
    • Lugano/Bellinzona to Arth-Goldau by train with connection to Rigi Railways.
    • The journey can also be travelled in the opposite direction.
  • Duration: From Bellinzona to Lucerne approx. 5 h. From Lugano to Lucerne approx. 5 h 30 min.
  • Website: Gotthard Panorama Express
Food & Beverages
  • Aboard the boat, delicious meals as well as snacks and beverages are available.
  • On the panoramic train, snacks and beverages can be purchased as well and service at the passenger’s seat is available.
  • Souvenirs can be obtained on the steamboat as well as the panoramic train.
  • The Gotthard Panorama Express operates Tuesdays to Sundays from 15 April to 16 October 2022. Find exact departure and arrival times.
  • The Gotthard Panorama Express does not operate during the winter season.
Tickets & Reservation

This route is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) and GA travel card. The Gotthard Panorama Express train offers only 1st class on the Gotthard route between Arth-Goldau/Flüelen and Bellinzona/Lugano. Bookings in 2nd class are not available.

In addition to a valid ticket for the chosen route, a surcharge of CHF 16 per person is charged on the panoramic train between Arth-Goldau/Flüelen and Bellinzona/Lugano. Travellers with a 2nd class ticket also need a class upgrade.

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