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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 between Northern and Southern Europe. With the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2016, traffic on the historic mountain route became less. To preserve this iconic masterpiece of art in engineering with its spiral tunnels and bridges, as well 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 spectacular steamboat ride on the Lake Lucerne in its full length. 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. Travelers are provided with fascinating tales and interesting background information regarding the unique points of interest alongside this unique train route.

As operator of the Gotthard railroad we owe the pioneers 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
www.sbb.ch/en/gotthard-panorama-express

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

Unique experience

  • A spectacular steamboat or motorboat ride on Lake Lucerne in the historical heart of Switzerland from Lucerne to Flüelen.
  • A journey with one-of-a-kind scenery on the panorama train on the historical Gotthard route with a variety of helical tunnels and bridges.
  • A panorama train with 1st class seats in a panorama coach with large panoramic windows. There is also a photography coach where you can open the windows – ideal for taking the perfect landscape photo.
  • Specially trained, multilingual tour guides from the region will be happy to answer your questions on the panorama train.
  • The “Gotthard Guide” app and the “Gotthard-Panorama-Express – Travel Guide” offer detailed information about the sights along the route.
  • The journey along the Flüelen–Bellinzona route section is enriched by a variety of experiences and presentations on the history of the Gotthard railway.

Special tickets

In addition to a valid travel ticket in 1st 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.

GRAND TRAIN TOUR OF SWITZERLAND

Gotthard Panorama Express is part of the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland. A unique tour combines the most beautiful panoramic routes of Switzerland. On the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, travellers can explore the diversity and the highlights of the Alpine nation.

Explore more here.

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