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Switzerland SBB

Company information

SBB is the main rail operator in Switzerland. SBB is the backbone of the Swiss public transport system, and day-to-day rail operations are the basis of what we do. SBB has been transporting people and freight for more than 100 years. By doing so, we are making an important contribution to the quality of life and competitiveness in Switzerland. We want to continue this success story, even in times when the entire economy and society, including the mobility industry, are undergoing profound changes. We will therefore continue to fulfil our responsibility towards public transport and Switzerland in future.

Tourist-oriented trains/lines

Gotthard Panorama Express

From 2017, the Wilhelm Tell Express will be replaced by the Gotthard Panorama Express (GoPEx).
But as before, travelers will still be able to enjoy a journey of captivating contrasts – from Lucerne (by ship) over Lake Lucerne and by train along the spectacular Gotthard panorama route to Ticino. Passengers will still be accompanied in the panorama railcar by a travel guide. Highlights will include special effects and attractions relating to the region, its many sights, mystique and mythology. A new option will be the possibility to make reservations online, including individual stretches of the Gotthard Panorama Express route. The trip can be made in 1st class (panorama railcar) and also in 2nd class (normal railcar).

Line: Lucerne-Lugano (Lucerne-Flüelen by boat, Flüelen-Bellinzona-Lugano by panoramic train)

  1. Jul-Oct: one train / one connection train/boat per day and per direction (daily)
  2. Apr-Jun: one train / one connection train/boat per day and per direction only on weekends

Time: Travel time is about 5 ½ hours for the entire line.
Offer: A steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Flüelen
Direct same-level access onto the train over the Gotthard panorama route to Bellinzona / Lugano
The entire journey can also be travelled in the opposite direction
Special effects and attractions along the way
Bookable seats in 1st class panorama railcar and – new – also 2nd class (without panorama railcar but including photo railcar)
Refreshments, snacks and souvenirs can be purchased on the ship and train
Reservations are mandatory for the Gotthard Panorama Express. Seat allocations follow after reservation.

Special tickets

In addition to a valid travel ticket in 1st or 2nd class, a supplement is payable. The supplement includes the seat reservation. The supplement is payable by any passenger with an individual seat, including children and holders of reduced-price tickets.