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Italy to Switzerland by Train

Italy to Switzerland by Train

Italy and Switzerland are two very beautiful countries in Europe with common boundaries. In Italy you have the mystical city of Rome with the Vatican at its heart and then the romantic city of Venice. After your visit to Italy if you are planning to visit Switzerland, instead of taking a flight, experience the journey by train. Travelling from Italy to Switzerland by train is simply the best way to enjoy the scenic view the journey has to offer. On one side enjoy beautiful glimpses of the countryside and when you enter Switzerland, you can see the Alps racing by with their snow covered peaks along with Swiss countryside.

The TrenItalia runs trains from Milan to Bellinzona, Zurich, Basel and Geneva and between Venice and Geneva. The most popular routes are those between Milan and Bellinzona and Venice and Geneva. These trains are scheduled to suit all timings. There are some night trains with first and second class sleeper coaches, some couchette cars with air conditioned and ventilated coaches.

The Bernina Express is Europe's highest transalpine railway. It crosses into Italy from Switzerland just over the Swiss Alps. The Bernina Express has the same route as of the famous Swiss Glacier Express from Chur till St. Moritz after which it goes south towards the Bernina Pass and then to Poschiavo and then crosses over into Italy at Tirano. During its journey, in a single eight mile stretch the Bernina Express crosses two straight tunnels, five corkscrew tunnels and passes eight viaducts, crossing the Bernina Pass at 7405 feet climbing the steepest gradient of any non cogwheel train.

It is a wonderful experience watching the train passing through some really unique and beautiful stretches. The whole journey is about 2 hours and 30 minutes and shows you the best of Switzerland and Italy. Make sure to make reservations in advance.

The TrenItalia Company has several trains running between all major stations of Italy and Switzerland and timings are spread across the day to suit everyone. A first class ticket from Rome to Zurich may cost you around 217 Euros while a second class ticket shall cost around 156 Euros. The journey should take between 6 to 7 hours depending on the numbers of stops of the particular train.

There are number of connections from Venice to Switzerland also. Venice is a more popular route by train amongst travellers coming from Switzerland. The journey time from Zurich is about 7 hours while from Geneva is about 6 hours and 40 minutes. You can get a first class ticket between Venice and Zurich for about 144 Euros and a second class ticket for 96 Euros. You can travel to Geneva also and the fares are almost the same.

Travelling by train from Italy to Switzerland is a fast as well as a wonderful experience as you get see the best of both countries in a journey of a few hours.

This site covers all areas for travelling in Switzerland. It covers travels to many switzerland cities: Basel, Berne, Geneva, Zerlmat, Interlaken. There is a comprehensive travel information section: Swiss Rail Train Tickets, Switzerland Rail Train Map, Swiss Train Rail Timetable, Information, RailCards and Passes, Air Travel

This page last updated in Feb 2016