Is the Treno Gottardo covered in the Eurail GP?

  • 23 June 2023
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Hello everyone! 

I’m travelling in Switzerland and Italy in early August this year, and I came across the Treno Gottardo ( train which I want to take from Lucerne and Locarno. According to the Guardian article linked, it runs on a scenic old route even though its longer and takes more time, and is run by SBB.

My question is this: Is travel on this train covered under the Eurail Global Pass? Also, does this have both 1st and 2nd class coaches? 

Any guidance on this would help me plan better! 


Thanks everyone :) 


Best answer by thibcabe 23 June 2023, 08:31

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(My bad : I first wrote about the Gotthard Panorama Express but edited my post.)

Yup fully covered and it's a stunning route. :)

There are 1st and 2nd class carriages, both are really good and the train is relatively new.

Every other hour direct from Lucerne, otherwise with an easy change in Arth-Goldau.

Don't worry if the train is full when you board, it gradually empties at Arth-Goldau (where everyone takes the faster train through the Base Tunnel) and afterwards.

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Yes it is valid on a Eurail pass.

Yes it has 1st and 2nd class.

Trains on the old Gotthard pass route run hourly from Locarno with destination alternating between Basel and Zurich.

Thank you @thibcabe and @Al_G ! Super useful answers :)