When to buy tickets for Gotthard Panorama Express?

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pollyburks
pollyburks
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Mar 6, 2018 - 1:51 PM

I am planning to travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express on May 31. When do you think I should purchase the tickets for 4 of us. We are interested in buying first class. I have read on these forums that there may be discounts offered now and again.

Chantal
Chantal
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Mar 6, 2018 - 5:00 PM in reply to pollyburks

Hi pollyburks,

I've noticed that you've asked the question before. Here's the link to your thread: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/purchasing-tickets-for-gotthard-panorama-express.

I'm not aware of discounted point-to-point tickets for the Gotthard Panorama Express. Or are you referring to a discount on the Swiss Travel Pass? If so, please be advised that you can reserve your seats without having purchased that pass yet. Discounts offered on the Swiss Travel Pass are rare by the way.

I would reserve seats as soon as possible because there's only one departure a day and can be sold out fast.

pollyburks
pollyburks
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Mar 6, 2018 - 10:45 PM

SBB and Happy Rail have conflicting information. Happy Rail says that Gotthard Panorama Express is only operating: 14 April to 30 June on Saturday and Sunday, July-October daily , where SBB says it is daily from 30 Mar to 02 Apr 2018 and Tuesday to Sunday from 21 Apr to 14 Oct 2018. Wondering which is correct.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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expert
Mar 6, 2018 - 11:07 PM in reply to pollyburks

As I said on your earlier thread this is the definitive timetable www.myswissalps.com/do cs/systemlibrariesprov ider/rail/47f61e0e-64bd-4acb-92f3-ded8962590eb.jpeg?sfvrsn=0

Anyway, if you look up the SBB timetable for the day you plan to travel it will tell you whether the train runs that day.

You can make reservations for 31 May here www.sbb.ch/ticketshop/ b2c/adw.do?sprache=en&artikelnumm er=1993. You haven't told us which direction you are travelling so I've assumed you are going from Lugano but if not reverse the route.

You need to fill out details as per attached. You want the 9:32 departure from Lugano. Reservation costs CHF24/seat.

You can't reserve the steamer portion of the trip.

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pollyburks
pollyburks
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Mar 7, 2018 - 10:10 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you for all of your patience with me on this. I see where I can purchase a seat reservation for Fluelen to Lugano (we are traveling South) for 24. Then how do I buy the actual ticket - I will not have a Swiss travel pass. Also, since as you say I cannot reserve a seat on the boat, do I need to worry that I will not be able to get on the boat portion. Again thank you so much for baring with my questions.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 7, 2018 - 10:17 PM in reply to pollyburks

No problems Polly.

You can buy a ticket at any Swiss train station or using the SBB timetable from 30 days before your travel.

The boat will not be a problem. If you want to access the upper deck and restaurant on the boat you’ll need a 1st Class Ticket.

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