The Voralpen-Express, which operates an hourly service between Lucerne and St.Gallen, is the most convenient and beautiful rail link connecting central and eastern Switzerland. After a final glance back at Lake Lucerne and the Pilatus mountain the Voralpen-Express travels past the peaks of the Schwyzer Mythen and the stunning high-moorland plateau of Rothenthurm towards Rapperswil. The panoramic views of the Lake Zurich landscape are as unique as the castle itself. Travelling on through the hills of Toggenburg and across the 99 m high railway viaduct, the highest in Switzerland, you eventually reach the capital of eastern Switzerland, St.Gallen, whose abbey district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So climb aboard and discover the Alpine foothills by rail!

All tickets purchased as part of the Swiss and international ticket offer are valid on the Voralpen-Express. For ticketing advice contact us at railway station ticket offices during opening hours or call 0900 300 300 for our 24-hour Rail Service (calls cost CHF 1.19 per minute from Swiss landlines). 

Snacks and refreshments
We’re also there to look after you during the journey itself. A buffet car with food and refreshments is available on all trains. Two new modern vending machines dispensing hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available for a self-service option whenever you feel hungry and/or thirsty.

Up to three bicycles can be transported in the train carriage displaying the bicycle symbol.

Self-service bicycle loading is not available for groups of ten or more.

Topographic information
Total route length:125 km, Lucerne–St.Gallen
Journey time:2 hours and 15 minutes
Highest bridge:99 m, Sitter Viaduct
Longest tunnel:8603 m, Ricken Tunnel
Lowest point:408 m above sea level, Schmerikon
Highest point:933 m above sea level, Biberegg
Steepest gradient:50 o/oo, Pfäffikon SZ–Biberbrugg
and Arth-Goldau–Biberegg