Feb 28, 2016 - 11:30 AM
in reply to sachdeveuro
All about the Wilhelm Tell Express, including links to schedules, can be found on myswissalps.com/ wilhelmtellexpress. It's also in the general timetable, but you can't simply enter "Lugano to Lucerne" because the timetable defaults to the quickest options to get there, which is just by train and partly a different route. So you have to search for the train section and boat section separately. Anyway, from Lugano, you need to take the 11:27 train, change in Bellinzona to the "official" Wilhelm Tell Express and change in Flüelen to the boat. You'll arrive in Lucerne at 16:47. There's an additional connection at 9:27, arriving 14:47.
But actually you're not limited to these connections. You can take any train and boat, and none of the trains and boats requires a reservation. Booking in advance is only required if you want the "special tour package" with seat reservations in the 1st class panoramic coach and lunch included. It's all explained on this page. Without the package, all you need is your 1st or 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass.
Please see here for where to buy the Swiss Travel Pass, and here for promotions. We update these pages frequently. Currently the best option is to go to www.swissrailways.com/ en and print your pass at home. To do so, select "Online Ticket" when asked for delivery options.