Gotthard Panorama Exp.


A great experience of history come alive: The journey leads from Ticino along the historic Gotthard panoramic route to Lucerne. Welcome to the original Switzerland!

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, 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 evening, Lucerne harbour – located right next to the famous Chapel Bridge – welcomes the travellers. 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. Last but not least, the culinary aspect will not be neglected: Guests may indulge in warm meals on the steamboat or enjoy snacks and beverages on the train.


Lugano/Bellinzona to Flüelen by train. Flüelen to Lucerne by steamboat or modern motor vessel “Diamant”. The journey can also be travelled in the opposite direction.

Distance: 182 km

Duration: approx. 5 h 30 min

Excursion tips

Castles of Bellinzona – UNESCO World Heritage site

San Salvatore – local mountain und “Sugarloaf” of Lugano

Lake Lugano Cruises

Pilatus – Lucerne’s legendary local mountain

Rigi – the queen of the mountains

Food & Beverage

– 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 boat as well as the panoramic train


The Gotthard Panorama Express runs from Mid April to Mid October, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Exact departure and arrival times

Gotthard Panorama Express does not operate during the winter season. However, a journey on the Gotthard panoramic route is still possible by changing trains in Erstfeld. This passage does not include the presentations about history, myths and legends around Gotthard.



  • Rates are different for Part Journey and Full Jounrey of train.
  • Train Seat Reservation is Mandatory, and can be done additionally.
  • Any services which are not mentioned in train tour inclusions, are excluded.

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