True The Gotthard Panoramic Express

The Gotthard Panoramic Express

The Gotthard Panorama Express is a replacement for ‘The Wilhelm Tell Express’ service.

The train service has been renamed to reflect the fact that it is now the only passenger service which travels the entire length of the old Gotthard main line between Fluelen and Bellinzona

Now that the express train service has been diverted into the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, the standard train service over the old Gotthard route now requires connections in Erstfeld - which the Gotthard Panorama Express avoids.

The ‘Gotthard Panoramic Express service comprises both a boat steamer from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Fluelen AND a journey between Fluelen and Lugano by train on the old Gotthard main line with its fabulous views.


On the train all 1st class seats are within one of SBB’s observation cars.

The highlights of the journey occur when the train spirals up and down the mountains, hence the famous three views of the white church at Wassen.
But due to the method of the line’s construction, the church can be seen from the left and right of the train.