The Swiss Holiday Company

Pre-Alpine Express (Voralpen-Express) From Lucerne to St. Gallen through gently undulating hills and picture perfect villages

FROM ST GALLEN TO LUCERNE...

CONNECTING WITH INTERLAKEN, MONTREUX, LOCARNO AND LUGANO

The Pre-Alpine Express offers a unique trip between Eastern and Central Switzerland. Leaving behind the traffic-free Old Town of St. Gallen with its world famous Abbey Library, the train crosses over the Sitter Viaduct - at 99m high the highest railway bridge in Switzerland - then into neighbouring Canton Appenzell with its distinctive landscape and the impressive Alpstein massif. Rolling hills and pristine villages pass by your panorama windows as the train winds its way through the idyllic Toggenburg area with the peaks of the Churfirsten range adorning the backdrop. Next stop is Rapperswil with its attractive Old Town and views across Lake Zurich before the journey continues across the moorland countryside on the way to Lucerne.  

This journey is a delight and can be taken from Lucerne or St. Gallen as a return day trip. It can also be used as a connection for a two or multi centre holiday, combining St. Gallen and Lucerne with the Bernese Oberland or Montreux with the Luzern-Interlaken Express and GoldenPass Line. You can also connect with theGotthard Panorama Express which takes you by lake steamer and rail to the southern Ticino resorts of Locarno and Lugano, or you could even add on a few days in the mountain resorts of Davos, St. Moritz and Pontresina. 

Route of the Pre-Alpine Express

Timetable
The Pre-Alpine Express operates several services per day, throughout the year.

Journey time between St. Gallen and  Lucerne is 2¼ hours.

Pre-Alpine Express Prices
St. Gallen to Lucerne or vice versa 2nd class £22 per person, 1st class £38 per person
Prices based on half fare travel card which is included in all our holidays (except self drive)

Seat reservations are not possible. 

We'll be pleased to create any Pre-Alpine Express itinerary to suit you, incorporating your own selection of resorts, duration, hotels and excursions.

We can even help you build a Grand Tour, combining the Pre-Alpine Express with other scenic rail routes such as the Luzern-Interlaken Express, GoldenPass Line and Gotthard Panorama Express. 

Call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices



Suggested two and multi centre holidays featuring the Pre-Alpine Express

ALL HOLIDAYS CAN BE ENJOYED IN REVERSE ORDER AND EXTENDED

We can create several itineraries including the Pre-Alpine Express

 

LUCERNE AND ST. GALLEN  
Combining the beautiful lakeside resort and the fascinating old city of St. Gallen.  
More details on 0800 619 1200

 

PONTRESINA, ST. GALLEN AND LUCERNE
From the high Alps to the charm of Eastern Switzerland with the beauty of Lake Lucerne.
More details on 0800 619 1200

 

ST. GALLEN, LUCERNE AND LOCARNO  
Experience the changing landscapes from the north of Switzerland to the south with the Pre-Alpine Express and the Wilhelm Tell Express.
More details on 0800 619 1200

 

MONTREUX, INTERLAKEN AND ST. GALLEN  
The glorious lakes of Geneva, Brienz, Thun and Constance with the GoldenPass Line, Luzern-Interlaken Express and the Pre-Alpine Express.  
More details on 0800 619 1200

 

Build your own scenic rail itinerary

Request a quote here or call us to build your perfect holiday
  • Choose your scenic rail journey
  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Consider how many nights to be spent in each resort
  • Choose 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Add on excursions to explore the lakes and mountains
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade your hotel room for even more beautiful views
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Add additional resorts - create your own Grand Tour

Express Luggage: Transfer your bags between resorts

To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between many resorts, you can arrange 'Express Luggage'. All you need to do is register your luggage at the station before 9am and then collect it at your destination on the same day any time after 6pm. There are a few stations where your luggage will not be available until the following morning when we would recommend carrying an overnight bag with you.

The cost of each luggage transfer is £10 per item plus an additional charge of £24 regardless of the number of items of luggage.

For a Truly Personal Service 0800 619 1200