Wilhelm Tell Express scenic train

Wilhelm Tell Express train, Switzerland

The Wilhelm Tell Express connects 2 of the prettiest parts of Switzerland by boat and by train: central Switzerland and the Italianate Ticino. There are daily connections from Lucerne to either Locarno or Lugano or vice versa.

You get a discounted rate on this train with your Eurail pass.

Wilhelm Tell Express routes
Facilities and Services
Additional information


Wilhelm Tell Express boat, Switzerland

Wilhelm Tell Express boat, Switzerland

View from Wilhelm Tell Express boat, Switzerland

View from Wilhelm Tell Express boat, Switzerland

Wilhelm Tell Express scenic train routes

Map with route of Wilhelm Tell Express
The Wilhelm Tell Express runs on the route:
  • Lucerne - Locarno
  • Lucerne - Lugano

Facilities and services

  • Disabled facilities

  • Power sockets

  • Restaurant/bistro

  • Shower/WC

  • Snack trolley

Facilities may differ per train and route.

Operated by:
Logo of Swiss railway SBB SBB/CFF/FFS

Additional information


Conditions for Eurail pass holders

Holders of a Eurail pass pay a surcharge for the Wilhelm Tell Express. The costs for a reservation are 39 CHF (35 euro) in winter and 49 CHF (44 euro) in summer. The fees include a welcome package (travel guide and a valuable souvenir), a 1st class seat reservation on the paddle steamer (or motor vessel) and the panorama train and a delicious meal in the 1st class restaurant on board of the boat.

You can make your reservations for the Wilhelm Tell Express by calling 0041 51 225 7800.

Special features

Enjoy an excellent meal while tuckering along the impressive coastline of Lake Lucerne on a 1st class vintage paddle steamer. Once the boat has reached Flüelen, the crew will say good-bye. Step off the boat and onto the comfort of a 1st class panorama train that will whisk you via the spectacular Gotthard route to the Ticino, where Italian is spoken. The Wilhelm Tell Express operates all year long.


More info at www.sbb.ch/en/tellexpress.

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