Treno Gottardo Scenic Rail Journey

Enjoy this historic Gotthard alpine route between Lucerne and Locarno

Wassen on the Gotthard route
Views from Treno Gottardo near Wassen
Treno Gottardo in winter
Glorious scenery through the Alps as you travel between Lake Lucerne and Lake Maggiore

Lucerne - Brunnen - Bellinzona - Locarno

This is a new addition to the range of Swiss scenic rail routes. The comfortable new Treno Gottardo carriages have large windows, with a choice of 1st and 2nd class seating. Operating year round, the train departs every other hour throughout the day.

Board the train in Lucerne and take in the countryside views as you journey towards Arth-Goldau. Shortly afterwards, you arrive into lakeside Brunnen and follow the shore of the water down to southernmost reaches of the lake at Flüelen. The train is now on the historic Gotthard route: enjoy the fabulous scenery as you slowly make your way upwards via numerous bridges and spiral tunnels. You’ll even see the church in Wassen from 3 different angles as you slowly loop your way up. The Gotthard Tunnel itself was opened in 1882, a masterpiece of 19th century engineering and allows the train to travel directly through the heart of the mighty mountains.

Emerging at the far end you will find yourself in the Ticino region. Still at high altitude, the train needs to slowly loop down to the Leventina Valley. There is a noticable change outside your window as you journey onwards, with scenic waterfalls, vineyards, more Italian style buildings ... all the signs are in Italian too. Arriving in Bellinzona, you may spot the medieval castles which were built to protect this ancient town in its strategic point on the north-south trade route across the Alps. Finally, the train takes you through the ever more Italian style countryside and into Locarno on the shore of sparkling Lake Maggiore.

Make your holiday one to remember with a journey on the Treno Gottardo

Speak to our team today to find out how you can combine your holiday with a breathtaking ride on the renowned Treno Gottardo

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Treno Gottardo suggested holidays 2022

Holidays can be enjoyed in reverse order

Our suggested two and multi centre itineraries can also be changed to fit your requirements with higher grade hotels and upgraded rooms. Other combinations are also available. Call us on 0800 619 1200.

Treno Gottardo 8 Days Treno Gottardo To Lucerne & Locarno

The new Treno Gottardo train connects the welcoming lakeside resorts of Lucerne and Locarno. Enjoy the scenery of the historic Gotthard route as you travel through the Alps.

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Wassen on the Gotthard route 10 Days Lucerne, Locarno And Interlaken

A fantastic combination of enjoyable stays in Lucerne, Locarno and Interlaken. Travel on the new Treno Gottardo route through the Alps and the scenic Centovalli Line.

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Views from Treno Gottardo near Wassen 15 Days Four Lakes Scenic Rail Holiday

Beautiful lakes surrounded by stunning mountains make for an ideal Swiss holiday, with a variety of scenic rail including GoldenPass Line, Treno Gottardo & Centovalli Line.

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Holidays with the Treno Gottardo

Treno Gottardo details

Treno Gottardo operates several services per day, throughout the year. The journey time between Lucerne and Locarno is around 3 hours.

The carriages are newly built and comfortable, with large windows. A self service bistro area is available for passengers, with hot drinks and snacks. 

Treno Gottardo prices

One way Lucerne to Locarno or vice versa: 2nd class £19, 1st class £33 per person.

Prices are a guide and will vary according to itinerary. They are valid only with the Half Fare Card (included with your holiday).

More options on the Treno Gottardo
  • Change in Bellinzona and take the local train if you prefer to stay in Lugano
  • Take a lake boat from Lucerne to Brunnen or Flüelen, and change there for the Treno Gottardo to Locarno

Connecting with other scenic rail journeys

We can create a multi-centre scenic rail holiday which combines the Treno Gottardo with other famous trains. 

From Lucerne: travel on the Luzern-Interlaken Express to Interlaken, or the Pre-Alpine Express to St. Gallen

From Locarno: travel on the Centovalli Line to Domodossola and then Brig

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Planning your holiday 2022

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  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card
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