Gotthard Panorama Express

The Gotthard Panorama Express is an iconic scenic train route that offers an unforgettable journey through the heart of Switzerland. This panoramic train ride takes passengers on a mesmerising trip from Lucerne to Lugano, or vice versa, passing through the stunning Swiss Alps.

The Gotthard Panorama Express train is designed to provide the ultimate viewing experience. The panoramic windows offer breathtaking views of the picturesque landscapes, shimmering lakes, charming Swiss villages, and towering mountains along the way. Passengers can sit back and relax in comfortable and spacious seats, soaking in the mesmerising surroundings.

The journey includes a boat ride across Lake Lucerne, adding to the overall enchantment. This unique combination of train and boat travel allows passengers to see the scenic beauty from multiple perspectives.

The Gotthard Panorama Express operates year-round and offers a convenient and efficient way to travel between Lucerne and Lugano. It is a must-try experience for anyone seeking to explore Switzerland’s natural beauty and experience a truly unforgettable train journey.


Discovering Switzerland: the Gotthard Panorama Express connects two of the loveliest regions of Switzerland by boat and train to create an outstanding experience. These highlights await you:

  • You glide across Lake Lucerne on the steamboat from Lucerne to Flüelen.
  • You travel past historical sites of early Switzerland, such as the Rütli meadow, Tell’s Chapel, the Schiller Stone and Treib.
  • You learn exciting information from our multilingual travel guides on the panorama train.
  • Feel the wind in your face when you open the window in the photo coach.
  • The presentations on the historical origins of the Gotthard Railway will fascinate you.
  • A journey on the panorama train provides you with views of unique landscapes; be amazed at the various loop tunnels and bridges from Flüelen to Ticino with its Mediterranean ambience.

Please note: It is also possible to travel in the opposite direction – from south to north.


Enjoy travelling by boat.

Enjoy various seasonal and regional delicacies on board and make the steam-boat journey an unforgettable experience. Whenever possible, The Schifffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees (SGV) AG served by SGV AG serve you products from central Switzerland from carefully selected partners who share our high quality standards. Experience pleasure with all your senses – culinary delights of Lake Lucerne.


Enjoy travelling by train.

Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking panorama along with our fine specialities such as Pastefrolle (shortbread biscuits) from the Bedretto Valley or “Gottardo Premium Lager”, a beer from the San Gottardo SA brewery, based in Faido. Whether it’s a small snack to tide you over or one of Ticino’s traditional cold platters, we serve you directly at your seat on the Gotthard Panorama Express.


Luggage service.

For individual passengers, luggage transfer between Luzern Bahnhofquai and Lugano (or vice versa) is also included, if desired. Luggage must be checked in at the relevant desk no later than 10 minutes before departure.

  • In Lucerne, directly on Pier 1.
  • In Lugano, close to the train in sector D.

Weight limit of 25kg per luggage item.


Passengers in a wheelchair.

Train journey.

The panorama train is not wheelchair-accessible and does not have a toilet suitable for wheelchairs. Boarding and alighting with wheelchairs is limited and is only possible at Arth-Goldau, Flüelen, Lugano and Bellinzona stations. The required infrastructure is not available in Göschenen and Airolo.

Reserve free assistance for boarding and alighting when travelling by train.

Boat journey.

Boarding and alighting from the boat is straightforward and does not have to be booked in advance.

Email for information or to book.
Call 0191 246 0708 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)