Gotthard Panorama Express

From Lugano/Bellinzona to Lucerne/Arth-Goldau

Map: Gotthard Panorama Express

When the journey becomes an adventure, guests experience history on the Gotthard Panorama Express. A personal journey by boat and train between Central Switzerland and Ticino.

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.

  • The Gotthard Panorama Express combines a boat ride and a train journey.
  • Route:
    • Journey in the 1st class panorama train on the historic Gotthard Railway from Lugano/Bellinzona to Flüelen/Arth-Goldau.
    • Steam or motor boat trip across Lake Lucerne from Flüelen to Lucerne.
    • The journey can also be traveled in the opposite direction.
  • Distance: 182 km
  • Duration: approx. 5 h 30 min.
  • Website: Gotthard Panorama Express