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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

In 1882 the Gotthard railroad started operating and is since then regarded as the fastest connection bewtween Northern and Southern Europe. With the opening of the Gotthard Basistunnel in 2016, traffic on the historic mountain route became less. To preserve this iconic masterpiece of art in engeneering with its spiral tunnels and bridges, aswell as the region surrounding the Gotthard itself, in spring 2017 the Gotthard Panorama Express was launched.

Embraced by a truly impressive mountain panorama, the journey starts in Lucerne with a steamboat ride on the Vierwaldstättersee. From Flüelen the trip continues in the panoramic train on the legendary Gotthard railroad with all its spiral tunnels and bridges. The route leads through the imposing Reuss Valley, the region of Leventina and ends in the Mediterranean city of Lugano. En route travellers are provided with fascinating tales and interesting background information regarding the unique points of interest alongside this uique train route.

As operator of the Gotthard railroad we owe the pionieers of that time great respect. This train is a statement to preserve this historic Gotthard railroad and promotes tourism in the region of St. Gotthard, the Ticino and Central Switzerland.

The Gotthard Panorama Express presents Switzerland from its most diverse side.

Operating Hours
The Gotthard Panorama Express operates only during the summer season - from Easter to mid-October.
The exact timetable can be found at

Travel Route
Lucerne-Lugano (Lucerne-Flüelen by Steam-or motorboat, Flüelen-Bellinzona-Lugano by panoramic train)

Unique experience

  • Steam- or motorboat ride on the Lake Lucerne, in the center of ancient Switzerland from Lucern to Flüelen.
  • Ride in the panoramic train on the historic Gotthard rail route with multiple spiral tunnels from Flüelen into the canton of Tessin to Lugano.
  • The panoramic train provides first class seating in panoramic wagons with huge panoramic windows. The second class seats are located in regular wagons without the panoramic windows. The train additionally contains a photo-wagon located second class with the option of opening windows (ideal to take pictures).
  • Specially trained and multilingual local tour guides accompany the panoramic train.
  • The App "Gotthard Guide" and the booklet "Gotthard Panorama Express - Travel Guide" provide detailed information about the attractions alongside the route and about the myth of the Gotthard in four languages (ger, en, it, fr).
  • The journey between Flüelen and Bellinzona is enriched with audio and video attractions and enactments about the development history of the Gotthard rail route, available in three languages (ger, en, it).

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.