Gotthard Panorama Express

Scenic Train Ride Switzerland

  • Order Seat Reservations
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 100% discount (reservation required)
  • Eurail and Interrail: 100% Discount Fluelen-Bellinzola/Lugano (reservation required)
  • Eurail and Interrail: 50% Discount Lucerne-boat-Fluelen
  • Historic Gotthard panoramic route
  • Steamboat Lucerne-Fluelen
  • Fluelen-Bellinzola: many loop tunnels, the church of Wassen can be seen from 3 angles
  • 14 April to 30 June on Saturday and Sunday, July-October daily
  • Travel duration approximately 5 hours
  • Meals and snacks available aboard the steamboat; snacks on the panorama train

Gotthard Panorama Express - Map

Gotthard Panorama Express - Map

Gotthard Panorama Express - Timetable


Boat  13
Luzern 11.12
Fluelen 13.55
Train 2893
Fluelen  14.10
Bellinzola 15.54
Lugano* 16.38


Train  2892
Lugano* 11.11
Bellinzola 11.40
Fluelen 13.44
Boat 24
Fluelen 14.00
Luzern 16.47

*Tuesday to Sunday 3 July to 20 October

Gotthard Panorama Express - Video

Gotthard Panorama Express - Info

The journey starts at Lugano or Bellinzola and takes travelers from the warm south of Switzerland right through the heart of Switzerland over the Alps to the northern part of the country. The train crosses the Gotthard basel tunnel built in 1882. 

The route is famous for the many spiralling loop tunnels; these are used to climb the steep mountains. At one point you can see the church of Wassen from three different angles. 

On a steamboat you travel from Fluelen across lake Lucerne to Lucerne. 

Apart from the many sights, passengers enjoy special presentations about history, myths and legends around Gotthard during this historic journey through time. 


Route: Lugano/Bellinzona to Flüelen by train. Flüelen to Lucerne by steamboat. The journey can also be travelled in the opposite direction.
Duration: From Bellinzona to Lucerne between 4h 54 min and 5h 10 min 
From Lugano to Lucerne between 5h 26 min and 5h 36 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

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