The Nufenen–Furka–Gotthard Route, departing from Airolo and leading over spectacular pass roads, introduces you to numerous magical sights at the heart of the Alp in just a day – and without having to change transport along the way.
The Nufenen–Furka–Gotthard Pass route starts at the Airolo railway station and takes you on a one-day journey across three mountain passes.
At the top of the Nufenen Pass you have enough time to enjoy the fantastic views with leisure (PostBus stop Nufenen Pass). At an altitude of 2478 meters it is the highest road across the Swiss Alps.
The trip continues through Valais and along the Furka pass road passing the Rhone Glacier.
The views of the Gotthard mountain range and the Urseren Valley from the top of the Furka Pass are breathtaking.
The Gotthard, also known as the “King of Mountain Passes”, is reached via the impressive mountain road offering views of the historic route (PostBus stop Gotthard Pass). Even in Roman times, the pass was already a major North-South connection.
Discover the world of Sasso San Gottardo at the top of the pass, home to the historic Gotthard fortress and a piece of history way ahead of its time. Discover the myth of Gotthard! Located deep inside the mountain, this Swiss army artillery fortress was top secret until just a few years ago. Once an impenetrable fortress that entered the history books as the National Redoubt, the site is now home to an unforgettable world exploring sustainability and the myth of Switzerland. Make your way down into the historic fortress on the underground ‘Metro del Sasso’. Experience history up close in the gun chambers, munitions magazines and dormitory spaces located deep inside the rock. A tunnel then takes you out into the open, from where you can enjoy a view of the magical mountain landscape from a surprising perspective.
The Gotthard region also offers hiking trails with outstanding views, such as a section of the Four Springs Trail.
Fares: Nufenen–Furka–Gotthard Pass Route from Airolo
GA travelcard, 1-day travelpass, Swiss Travel Pass, children up to 6 years of age, children aged 6-16 years with a Junior Card: free
Half-fare travel card, Swiss half-fare card, children aged 6-16 years: CHF 60.60
Adults without reduction: CHF 121.20
You can conveniently obtain a suitable ticket here:
We recommend that individual passengers reserve a seat before 16.00 h the day before travelling.Reserve online
For groups of 10 and more, seat reservations must be made by latest 16.00 h on the day before. Tel. +41 58 448 20 08.
No guarantee of seating
Route not open all year
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Timetable 12.682 Airolo–Nufenen–Oberwald–Furka–Andermatt–Gotthard–Airolo (Nufenen–Furka–Gotthard Pass Route)
Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.
You can find more information at Biking and Postbus.
Reservations are a must and can be made up until 16.00 the day before. Tel. +41 58 448 20 08. Transport of electro-bikes and bike trailers is unfortunately not possible.
Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed
Pre-registration requested by 4 p.m. on the day before travel +41 58 448 20 08
Discover the Nufenen - Furka - Gotthard Pass Route on foot
or by bike
or by mountain bike
Sale / Central Alps region
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On descending from the Furka Pass the former 127-year old Belvédère Hotel & Restaurant comes into view. And at around 180 meters from here, a cool place to be inspired - namely, in the bluish and almost mystic light of the annually newly constructed glacial ice grotto!
Telephone+41 27 924 38 24
Airolo has been the meeting place of different cultures since donkey’s years! And you’re reminded of this by the granite sculpture by the artist Gianfranco Rossi at the southern Gotthard tunnel entrance. Discover a part of Ticino’s culture at the showcase cheese dairy in Airolo – or, better still, enjoy a taste of the specialities at the adjacent restaurant.
The first known mountain inn was dated 1237, although there are reports about a predecessor built around 620. It was home to Capuchin monks who lived there and took care of travelers until 1841. The group of buildings was made up of a chapel, a goods transfer station, stables, and later followed by a hotel.
Discover the secret Gotthard fortress!
Discover the Gotthard legend! Lying deep inside the mountain, the existence of this Swiss Army artillery fortification was, until recently, unknown to the public.
Today, the fortress once considered impregnable and described in the history books as the Swiss National Redoubt (Schweizer Reduit or Réduit Suisse) is home to an exhilarating exhibition exploring sustainability and Swiss legend. Experience our multimedia water, weather and climate, energy, security, mobility and landscape exhibits, and learn about the importance of gold for Switzerland. Travel underground with our ‘Metro del Sasso’ to visit the famous fortress. There, deep within mountain, history comes alive as you encounter the gun rooms, ammunition depot and sleeping quarters. A tunnel leads you out to fresh air, where you can enjoy enchanting mountain views from a surprising perspective. An unforgettable adventure for young and old, families, schools and groups!
Note: We recommend warm clothes and good shoes
The Tremola is the longest street-monument in Switzerland. She was built round 1830, reconstructed 1951 and is in redevelopement these days. At her most spectacular section the street climbs on a lenght of four kilometers the 300 meters altitude by 24 turns.
Andermatt began to come alive around the middle of the 19th century with the opening of the Gotthard pass road to traffic. Following the opening of the notorious Gotthard Tunnel, Andermatt then primarily developed into a place of military and touristic significance. Now, owing to the construction of a huge tourist resort courtesy of an Egyptian investor, Andermatt is expected to once again shine in all its former glory.
From 1982, following the inauguration of the Furka Tunnel between Realp and Oberwald, rail trips over the pass came to a halt. But as luck would have it, railway fans rekindled the old steam train as time went on. And today the tourist attraction warms the hearts of many who wish to cross the alpine pass by steam train in once-upon-a-time fashion!
The Furka Pass connects the Urseren Valley in canton Uri with Goms in canton Valais, by means of a most impressive mountain pass road. Looking west you view the former Hotel Belvédère in all its ancient glory; from where you have access to the far end of the Rhone Glacier. Two hundred years ago the glacier extended all the way down to Gletsch.
Gletsch, a name rooted in the German for glacier, and formerly an important transit station on crossing the Alps. Here was the place to swap horses before continuing a carriage ride and journey over the closest Furka or Grimsel mountain passes.
The notorious Gotthard Pass, known also as King of passes, represents a symbol of Swiss independence, traversing the Alps at an incredible height of 2,106 meters above sea level. The story behind the pass and Gotthard road is open to all at the National Gotthard Museum.
The Nufenen Pass road first opened in 1969 and represents Switzerland's youngest pass road over the Alps. At a height of 2478 meters above sea level, it's also the highest pass road on Swiss soil!