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Mit dem Dampfschiff von Luzern nach Flüelen

Gotthard Panorama Express

Discover the Gotthard Panorama Express with the help of one of our Switzerland travel experts. Our comprehensive package includes train tickets, seat reservations and comfortable hotel accommodation. The itinerary can be customised and the duration extended to offer you a tailor-made tour of the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland.

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The Gotthard Panorama Express Route

The Gotthard Panorama Express journey combines a boat trip from Lucerne, across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen with a train journey along the historic Gotthard rail line to Ticino in the Lugano Region. The route can be booked in either direction.

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Highlights of the Gotthard Panorama Express Route

The Gotthard Panorama Express Route is packed with highlights that make it an unforgettable experience:

  • Lucerne and Lake Lucerne: The journey begins in the historic city of Lucerne, where you board a boat to travel across the picturesque lake. Journeys can also be made in reverse.
  • The Gotthard Panorama Route: The train takes the impressive Gotthard rail route through the Alps.
  • Ticino: The absolute highlights of the Mediterranean-influenced Ticino Region are Bellinzona, famed for its many castles and Lugano, on the scenic shores of Lake Lugano.


Timetable April 20 - October 20, 2024 Tuesday - Sunday, incl. general public holidays

Boat Lucerne 11:12
Boat Flüelen (Arrival) 13:55
Panoramic train Flüelen (Departure) 14:09*
Panoramic train Bellinzona (Arrival) 16:07**
Panoramic train Lugano 16:41**
Panoramic train Lugano 09:18*
Panoramic train Bellinzona (Departure) 09:53
Panoramic train Flüelen (Arrival) 11:38**
Boat Flüelen (Departure) 12:00
Boat Lucerne 14:47

* Stop only for boarding

** Stop only to get off

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book my journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express in advance?

Yes, advance booking is highly recommended. Packages can easily be booked online or via one of our travel experts.

What is the best time of year to travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express?

The best time of year to travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express depends on your personal interests and preferences. Each season has its own unique appeal:

  • Spring (April to June): The ideal time of year to watch the snow melt and see nature awaken. Temperatures are pleasant and the landscape bursts into colour, as flowers and plants begin to bloom. 
  • Summer (July to August): Summer brings warm weather and long days, perfect for enjoying the full splendour of the Swiss Alps and Ticino.
  • Autumn (September to October): The weather is mild and the landscape transformed in autumn. The vibrant colours of the scenery are particularly appealing to photography enthusiasts. 
  • Winter (December to March): The Gotthard Panorama Express does not operate in the winter months.

In general, spring and autumn are ideal for travellers who wish to enjoy the natural beauty of the route, while summer is best for those seeking sunnier, warmer weather. 

Can I eat onboard the Gotthard Panorama Express?

Yes, you can enjoy lunch in the restaurant on board the boat. We recommend that you book your table in advance on this website. There is no catering service on the panoramic train.

Can I travel with children on the Gotthard Panorama Express?

The journey is suitable for passengers of all ages, including families with children but please do note the following important points:

  • Tickets: Children can benefit from reduced fares, depending on their age. Please contact our travel experts for more specific information about your booking. 
  • Entertainment and Activities: Remember that the combined train and boat journeys are approximately 5 hours therefore you may wish to bring books or games to keep your children occupied. 
  • Snacks and Refreshments: There are catering options on board the boat but we nevertheless, recommend that you bring plenty of snacks and drinks for your children.

Is the Gotthard Panorama Express wheelchair accessible?

No, the Gotthard Panorama Express is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact one of our Switzerland travel experts who can organise boarding and alighting aids for you. 

What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Gotthard Panorama Express?

Our packages include a panoramic journey in 1st class, ensuring greater comfort and more legroom for you. In 1st class, the seating arrangement is 2+1, meaning two seats to one side of the aisle and one on the other, offering you more privacy.

Customisable journey

Our holidays can easily be tailored to your own preferences.