Wilhelm Tell Express Routes

  • Wilhelm Tell Express
    Land and water. Scenic Swiss views. Wilhelm Tell Express.
  • Wilhelm Tell Express
    Panoramic views as expansive as they are impressive.
  • Wilhelm Tell Express
    Travel by lake steamer across Lake Lucerne.

Wilhelm Tell Express: Every bucket list points here.

Like the legendary Wilhelm Tell, this Swiss Lucerne to Lugano excursion really hits the mark for travelers in search of breathtaking scenery. This 5-hour trip starts with a spectacular 2 1/2-hour Lake Lucerne boat ride – by steamer -- before seamlessly connecting to Swiss scenic rail. This panoramic journey begins at Fluelen, winds its way through the impressive Reuss Valley, and ultimately climbs through the St. Gotthard range and through the Gotthard railway tunnel — a civil engineering marvel.

After the tunnel, travelers arrive in Ticino, and then travel through charming, quaint villages on the way to Bellinzona. From there, they may opt to travel to Locarno or Lugano. There’s even the option of doing the complete trip in the reverse direction.

Seating is available in First Class and reservations are required for the entire journey. First Class guests receive a welcome package, including a meal voucher good in the restaurant and a multilingual travel guide and host during the summer season.

The Wilhelm Tell Express. It doesn’t just link central Switzerland to its Mediterranean-like south; it combines the best of scenic rail in Switzerland with heavenly water views.

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