Panoramic Route

Discover Switzerland with the Schweizerische Südostbahn

With its "Treno Gottardo", "Voralpen-Express" and "Aare Linth" trains, Schweizerische Südostbahn AG (SOB) connects the major German-speaking cities with the most beautiful regions of Switzerland. The unique copper-colored trains invite you on a journey of discovery.

Locarno with the Treno Gottardo

The Gotthard Mountain route is one of the most spectacular Swiss railroad lines: lakes, mountains and great engineering can be discovered from the train from Zurich, Basel and Lucerne towards Ticino. Among other things, the train winds its way through the three helical tunnels near Wassen before entering the 15-kilometer Gotthard summit tunnel at Göschenen. In Airolo, the Treno Gottardo reaches the highest point of its journey at 1141 meters above sea level before continuing through further helical tunnels to the lowest point towards Locarno at 197 meters above sea level. The "most beautiful connection between north and south" can be discovered in multiple ways: smaller and larger stops along the route invite you to enjoy cultural sights or experiences in nature.

Tip: Bellinzona and Locarno are the ideal starting points to combine an excursion to Ticino with the UNESCO World Heritage properties of Monte San Giorgio, the ancient beech forests or the three castles of Bellinzona.


From Lucerne to St. Gallen with the Voralpen-Express

In addition to the Treno Gottardo, the Südostbahn also offers a travel option from St. Gallen via Rapperswil and Arth-Goldau to Lucerne with the Voralpen-Express. The "most beautiful combination of nature and culture" fulfills its promise: From the train, you can see the largest contiguous area of raised bog in Switzerland near Rothenthurm.

Tip: In St. Gallen, the Abbey district with its library, a UNESCO World Heritage property, is well worth a visit.


Between towns, countryside, and rivers with the Aare Linth

The third city connection of the Südostbahn "Aare Linth" runs from the Swiss federal city of Berne via Zurich to Chur. The train route runs along dozens of bodies of water and allows you to rediscover the central part of Switzerland or the Churfirsten region.

Tip: The route of the Aare Linth takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage properties of the old town of Berne, the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona and to Graubünden on the Albula/Bernina line of the Rhaetian Railway.


Travel in comfort

The three rail lines are operated by copper-colored "Traverso" low-floor multiple-unit trains. They have 359 seats, sixty-eight of which are in first class. All seats are equipped with power sockets. In the comfortable trains with their modern interior design and large windows, there are two bistro zones with vending machines, a family compartment and spaces for bicycles and skis.