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Wilhelm Tell Express Train

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Wilhelm Tell Express Train

Like the legendary William 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 William Tell Express will 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, passengers 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 William Tell Express operates year round, with reservations required for the entire journey.

Wilhelm Tell’s Most Popular Routes

  • Lucerne to Bellinzona : 4 hours 41 minutes.
  • Bellinzona Lugano : 30 minutes.
  • Lugano to Bellinzona : 30 minutes.
  • Bellinzona to Lucerne : 4 hours 41 minutes.
  • Lucerne to Locarno : 5 hours 1 minute.
  • Locarno to Lucerne : 5 hours 1 minutes.

Traveling from Lucerne (Luzern in German) you’ll board a nostalgic paddle steamer for a 3-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne and enjoy a gourmet meal.
At Flüelen, travelers board an air-conditioned panoramic train passing by charming villages and breath-taking bridges as you travel toward Lugano (=Locarno).
Depart from Luzern SGV is at pier across from train station. Travelers can travel from either Lucerne or from Locarno in the reverse direction.


  • 2 trains daily.

Click on link below to book reservation on Wilhelm Tell Express Train!

Wilhelm Tell Express Train

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