Questions on Luzern to Bellinzona train route

Questions on Luzern to Bellinzona train route

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Ann
Ann
7 posts
new member
May 27, 2017 - 9:13 PM

I’m a bit confused on the regional trains that follow the Gotthard Panorama Express route. We will be traveling from Lucerne to Bellinzona via train (no boat). We want a regional train without a surcharge or required seat reservation. Our plan is to spend the day in Lucerne and then take train to Bellinzona by the regional route. I’m not sure if I’m reading the SBB timetable correctly. For example:

Leaving Lucerne at 15:18 there is a change in Erstfeld to the RegioExpress 4333. There is a note on the timetable between the Goschenen and Airolo stops that this is the Gotthard-Panoramastrecke. So does this require reservations and there is also a surcharge? Or is this in fact a regional train that requires neither?

Thanks for any help with this.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
3821 posts
expert
May 27, 2017 - 11:09 PM in reply to Ann

Hi Ann-

Welcome to my Swiss Alps.

You have run into one of the scheduling issues with trains to Italy on the Gotthard route.

The trains pass through Arth Goldau, and every other one comes from either Luzern or Zürich.

So, if you take the 1518 or the 1718 from Luzern, you get to change at Arth-Goldau. Easy. Walk across the platform and pick up the southbound from Zürich. The trains are coordinated for this process.

Leave at 1618 or 1818 and you van go direct. Even easier. No change of trains. Those coming from Zürich have to change trains at Arth-Goldau for those trains to Bellinzona.

www.sbb.ch/en/buying/p ages/fahrplan/fahrplan .xhtml?suche=true&ab=true&lan guage=en&vias=%5B%22%2 2%5D&webshopPreviewMod e=&von=Luzern&nach=Bel linzona&viaField1=&dat um=Wed%2C+14.06.2017&z eit=18%3A55&an=false

You may be misreading the information. You might be picking up something from the Gotthard Panorama train, but I don't understand what that might be. The train may go in direction Erstfeld, but you change at Arth Goldau. No reservation, no surcharge.

If I were doing it, I'd see if I could catch the train one hour later or one hour earlier, to avoid changing at Arth Goldau.

Slowpoke

Ann
Ann
7 posts
new member
May 28, 2017 - 12:37 AM

Hi Slowpoke,

Thanks for the quick reply. I don't think I was clear in my question. When I look at your information its on the express train that goes thru the Gotthard Tunnel to Bellinzona, no local stops. We do not want to do this. We would like to take a regional train that is more scenic and passes thru Goschenen, Airolo, etc.

On the SBB site I am entering Luzern to Bellinzona via Airolo. There is a 15:18 from Luzern changing at Erstfeld to what I believe is a regional train passing thru the small towns on the way to Bellinzona and not thru the long tunnel. I would just like to confirm that this train does not require surcharge or seat reservations. I do not see the Reservation required note so I think I'm correct. When you expand the stops on the timetable between Erstfeld and Bellinzona I see Gotthard-Panoramastrecke referenced and this is where I'm confused as to whether this is a panoramic train with a surcharge.

Thanks, Ann

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
1233 posts
top member
May 28, 2017 - 2:25 AM in reply to Ann

Hi Ann,

>> I do not see the Reservation required note so I think I'm correct.

Yes, you are!

>> When you expand the stops on the timetable between Erstfeld and Bellinzona I see Gotthard-Panoramastrecke referenced and this is where I'm confused as to whether this is a panoramic train with a surcharge.

No, that doesn't indicate that it is the Gotthard Panorama Express. It just indicates that this is the route that goes through the short tunnel between Göschenen and Airolo, i.e. the scenic route, as opposed to the 57km long Gotthard-Basistunnel.

Alpenrose

Last modified on May 28, 2017 - 2:27 AM by Alpenrose666
Ann
Ann
7 posts
new member
May 28, 2017 - 8:41 PM in reply to Alpenrose666

Thanks so much! That answers my questions.

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