Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast Episode 99, Gotthard Panorama Express
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Episode 99: How to plan your perfect Swiss adventure on the Gotthard Panorama Express

May 29, 2024

Planning a trip to Switzerland can be overwhelming. With so many beautiful places to see, how do you ensure you’re choosing the best experiences that make every moment count?

Today, we’re going to uncover the lesser-known yet breathtaking Gotthard Panorama Express. This unique travel experience combines a relaxing boat cruise on the picturesque Lake Lucerne with a scenic train journey through the historic Gotthard tunnel to Lugano. 

Join me and my guest, Laura Lichtenberger, Sales Manager for the Gotthard Panorama Express, as we dive into the captivating history of the Gotthard Tunnel, discuss the exceptional services offered on the journey, and share tips to make the most of this unforgettable trip. 

Whether you’re planning your first visit to Switzerland or looking to rediscover its charm, this episode will inspire you to add the Gotthard Panorama Express to your itinerary. Don’t miss this hidden gem when making your Swiss travel plans!

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The history of the Gotthard Tunnel
  • How to best experience the Gotthard Panorama Express journey
  • Highlights of the trip
  • The services onboard both the boat and train
  • Gotthard Panorama Express tickets and reservations
  • Timetable and booking information
  • Why the Gotthard Panorama Express is a not-to-be-missed journey

Our Guest

Laura Lichtenberger

Laura Lichtenberger has been involved in the Swiss tourism industry for many years.  She started her career selling train tickets in Basel before moving to London to work for Switzerland Travel Centre. In this role she booked panoramic Swiss rail journeys for US clients.

Now, Laura is the Sales Manager for one of Switzerland’s panoramic train journeys, the Gotthard Panorama Express.


Gotthard Panorama Express info

The Gotthard Panorama Express operates once per day in each direction (excluding Mondays) between late April and late October. The journey includes a boat ride between Lucerne and Flüelen and a panoramic train ride between Flüelen and Lugano.

Regular ticket prices for the entire journey start from CHF 135 per adult. Buy your tickets here.

Free* travel applies to holders of a Swiss Travel Pass, whilst holders of the Swiss Half Fare Card get 50% off. *A mandatory supplement applies to all bookings.

Train conductor chatting to passengers onboard the Gotthard Panorama Express
Passengers learn about the journey from experienced train guides.
Couple walking beside paddle steamer at Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
The connection between the boat and train sectors of the journey is seamless.

Useful resources

You can read more about this incredible journey in our comprehensive Gotthard Panorama Express guide and on the Gotthard Panorama Express website.

The Gotthard Panorama Express is also featured in episode 19 of our podcast.

Read a full transcript of this episode here.

Route map of Gotthard Panorama Express

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