Apr 10, 2017 - 3:12 PM
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>> Ideally I would like to make the following connections on Saturday. Lucerne to Andermatt on Gotthard Panorama Express
The Gotthard Panorama Express does not stop at Andermatt. You would have to get off at Göschenen to connect to Andermatt.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the Gotthard Panorama Express doesn't leave Luzern until 11:15. You would get to Andermatt around 3:00 pm and Zermatt after 6:00 pm. Then it's another 3 to 3.5 hours back to Andermatt from Zermatt. If you really want to do this, consider leaving Luzern earlier and using regional trains over the Gotthard Panorama route instead of the special train. Also consider catching a train instead of a boat from Luzern to Flüelen. It depends on what your priorities are.
>> then Andermatt to Zermatt and back to Andermatt on Glacier Express.
If you are only going to do a short sector of the Glacier Express route from Andermatt, I would prefer the sector over the Oberalppass to Disentis/Mustér rather than to Zermatt. This takes much less time (a bit over an hour each way) and I like the scenery better (but that's just my personal preference). Use the SBB (Swiss Railways) timetable to see whether your plans are feasible, and whether the Glacier Express train is an option - it might only be possible using regional trains.
>> I tried to see possible schedules on SBB website and choose specially to travel certain legs of my route on the panoramic trains but I see the following abbreviations on attachment under "transport type" and I am not sure what they mean. Any idea where I can find that information?
Explanations of those abbreviations are in the document I have linked to below (English explanations start on the second page). However, they are not relevant to whether a train has panoramic windows or not. The symbol for trains with panoramic windows is a triangle (see attached screenshot).
www.fahrplanfelder.ch/ fileadmin/fap_explanat ions/pdf-Dateien/2017/Zugcharak teristik.pdf