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.
The Wilhelm Tell Express runs on the route:
- Lucerne – Lake Luzern – Flüelen – St. Gotthard – Bellinzona – Locarno/Lugano
Conditions for Eurail pass holders
Holders of a Eurail pass pay a surcharge for the Wilhelm Tell Express. 1st class passholders pay 39 CHF (approx. € 26), 2nd class passholders pay 86 CHF (approx. € 57). 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.
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.
Wilhelm Tell Express Premium offer
If you decide to go for the Premium offer you'll receive a welcome package with a valuable souvenir. Then you are served an exquisite 3-course menu on the boat. On the train, you take your seat in the Salon Liberté – an very exclusive coach with swivel chairs. After a welcome drink you'll discover everything there is to know about the unique Gotthard surrounding in a multivision show hosted by a multilingual travel guide.
More info at www.sbb.ch/en/tellexpress.