Wilhelm Tell Express

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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, passengers 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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Boat on the William Tell

Travel by lake steamer across Lake Lucerne.

Passengers on the William Tell

Panoramic views as expansive as they are impressive.

Service on William Tell Express

Premium service offers a meal in the restaurant on board the lake steamer.

View from the boat on the William Tell Express

Pristine and lovely Lake Lucerne.