Wilhelm Tell Express

Experience some of Switzerland’s most legendary sights and stories

Like the legendary Wilhelm Tell, this trip really hits the mark for travelers in search of breathtaking scenery and truly fun travel through Switzerland via both land and water. Travelers who board the Wilhelm Tell Express in Comfort class can enjoy a leisurely, gourmet lunch as they begin their journey with a three-hour boat cruise on Lake Lucerne.

A seamless transfer follows the boat ride to a panoramic train trip that begins at Fluelen, winds its way through the impressive Reuss Valley, and ultimately climbs through St. Gotthard range and through the Gotthard railway tunnel—a civil engineering marvel. After exiting the tunnel, travelers arrive in Ticino, and then travel through charming, pretty villages on the way to Bellinzona. From there, they can opt to travel to Locarno or Lugano. There’s even the option of doing the complete trip in the reverse direction. The Wilhelm Tell Express operates year round, with reservations required for the entire journey.

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Boat on the William Tell

Travel by lake steamer across Lake Lucerne.

William Tell Express Train

From the palms of Ticino to the Alps.

Passengers on the William Tell

Panoramic views as expansive as they are impressive.

Service on William Tell Express

Premium service offers a meal in the restaurant on board the lake steamer.

View from the boat on the William Tell Express

Pristine and lovely Lake Lucerne.

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