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 is the most appealing way of travelling between Central and Eastern Switzerland. The new, state-of-the-art train passes the impressive Rothenthurmer upland moor, continues through the rolling Toggenburg and finally crosses the Sitter Viaduct, regarded as Switzerland’s highest railway viaduct, near St.Gallen.

  • Leg: St. Gallen – Arth-Goldau – Rapperswil – Wattwil – St. Gallen
  • Distance: 125 km
  • Duration: 2 h 15 min
  • Website: Voralpen-Express
Food & Beverages

Two bistro zones with snack and beverage vending machines as well as a coffee maker on every Voralpen-Express

  • 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)