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Savita seth
Savita seth
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Feb 18, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Please expalain can I travel from lucerne to lugano as a day trip, (coming back to lucerne)

How many trains I need to change and from where? I will be getting a swiss rail pass.

What is the name of the railway station in Lucerne I will be taking a train from Zurich airport. staying in Lucerne for 4-5 nights IN SEPT-20. I would like to travel from there so I do not have to carry luggage and waste time.

Does the panaromic train goes straight to Lugano? If need to change from where I would change?

Thank you for your help in advance.

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Feb 19, 2020 - 12:55 AM in reply to Savita seth

Hello Savita,

You can read about the Gotthard Panorama Express here. Be sure to check all the tabs on that page so you know how to make the compulsory seat reservations. Also note the train is 1st Class only. The GPEX timetable is attached. It does not run on Mondays but your can follow the same route on regular trains. They don’t require reservations or require you to travel 1st class. They also offer more flexibility in departure times than the once per day GPEX.

If you are travelling with a 2nd Class Swiss Travel Pass but want to travel 1st Class on any particular trip you can buy a Class upgrade at any SBB station or using the SBB Mobile App (bit.ly/2ICIUHi ) or here bit.ly/2rZEIXh. You need to buy a route specific upgrade.

If you buy on line you need to nominate a Half-fare Card reduction to get the correct price (using either website or SBB app). An upgrade will cost half the difference between 1st and 2nd class full-fares.

From Lugano you can get a much faster route via the Gotthard Base Tunnel back to Luzern.

There is a direct train from Zurich Airport (Flughafen) to Luzern HB (main station). There are also trains which cover that route but which require you to change at Zurich HB.

For checking timetables see www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/checking-train-timetables.

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Feb 19, 2020 - 6:14 AM

Hi Savita seth,

ticket upgrade for the Gotthard Panorama Express is also explained at www.myswissalps.com/gotthardpanoramaexpress/tickets where you can also buy it if you want.

Also have you heard about the luggage service of SBB? If you wish to travel without your luggage it can be useful: www.myswissalps.com/train/practical/luggage


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Feb 19, 2020 - 8:34 AM in reply to Savita seth


You asked "What is the name of the railway station in Lucerne..." It is known as der Bahnhof Luzern. In the official SBB Official Timetable book (Offizielles Kursbuch), it will appear as simply "Luzern".

The Swiss Railways stopped publishing the Official Timetable (it was available in German, French, and Italian) in 2016, but an independent publisher still produces it. It is huge and is now in three volumes. One can buy it in railway stations. However, at the information counters in the major stations, one can get much smaller (pocket sized) local schedules for free.

More information can be found at europeforvisitors.com/switzaustria/articles/swiss_official_timetable.htm

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