May 24, 2017 - 2:51 AM
in reply to artnuvo
>> How scenic is the regular train from Luzern to Lugano that goes direct, including a stop in Bellinzona, or changes at Arth-Goldau?
If you mean the route that comes up in the SBB timetable by default, that route goes through the Gotthard-Basistunnel. So for 57 kilometres, roughly between Erstfeld and Biasca, you see no scenery.
The map attached below shows a blue arrow pointing towards the Gotthard Panorama Express route between Flüelen and Bellinzona, with lots of twists, turns and loops (required to get up and down mountains).
The red arrow points towards the Gotthard-Basistunnel, going in a fairly straight line underneath the mountains.
If you don't want to travel on the official Gotthard Panorama Express, with its reservation fees, you can follow the same route on normal trains, on which no reservations are required. You just need to put "via Göschenen" into the timetable, to bring up the correct route, but you will actually change trains at Erstfeld, and don't need to get out at Göschenen. To confirm you have the right route, you will see "Gotthard-Panoramastrecke" in the list of intermediate stops.
If you do need to take the faster route through the Gotthard-Basistunnel, you will still get a couple of very short scenic sectors of 5-10 minutes each along the Zugersee (Lake Zug) and part of the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne), before you go into the tunnel. It doesn't really compare with the more scenic route through the mountains though!
Last modified on May 25, 2017 - 11:40 AM by Arno
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