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Discover Italy by train.

Italien mit dem Zug entdecken.

With various EuroCity connections, Italy is wonderfully accessible from Switzerland. Trains run several times a day from Zurich, Basel, Bern or Geneva to Milan, and once a day direct to Venice.

Daytime connections

For the daytime connections you will require tickets at the market price or supersaver tickets.

You can find information on the range of tickets available, prices, reservations and conditions on our Italy pages, under international tickets.

Book your ticket for the EuroCity to Milan and Venice online and print it out yourself. For all other connections to Italy the ticket will be sent to you at home by post within 3 days.


From Zurich main station.

  • Up to 7 direct connections daily with the EuroCity (ETR 470 and Loco/comp.) to Milan.

From Basel SBB.

  • 3 direct connections daily via Bern with the EuroCity ETR 610 to Milan.
  • Other connections, changing in Brig.

From Geneva.

  • 4 direct connections daily with the EuroCity ETR 610 to Milan, one with a connection on to Verona and Venice.
  • Other connections, changing in Brig.

From Lucerne.

  • 1 direct connection a day to Milan.

Route map.

The practical route map shows selected connections with the corresponding travel times.

Train facilities.

  • Sockets according to Swiss and Italian standards.
  • Panorama window.
  • Ergonomically shaped, adjustable seats in 1st and 2nd class.
  • Train compartments and toilets suitable for those with disabilities as well as a restaurant that is completely wheelchair-accessible.
  • Reading light in 1st and 2nd class.
  • Dining car with integrated bar.
  • You can book seats in the dining car by telephone via Rail Service 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network) or at any ticket counter.
  • Seat reservation on the train is obligatory and included in the ticket price.

Timetable changes from 15.6.2014.

Travel more punctually and more frequently.

Thanks to the new timetable for EuroCity trains on the Gotthard route, from 15 June 2014 you benefit from various improvements between Zurich and Milan.

The most important changes:

  •  Thanks to a new timetable, trains arrive more punctually.
  • In Milan you have 15 minutes longer to change to the Italian high-speed network.
  • EuroCity trains now depart from Zurich main station on the half hour instead of on the hour.
  • The departure times for EuroCity trains from Milano Centrale have moved by around 90 minutes.
  • You benefit from an additional connection each day from Zurich main station to Milano Centrale as well as on the return journey.
  • EuroCity trains now also stop at Monza.
  • Not all EuroCity trains now stop at Como.
  • Two trains now run between Zurich and Lugano every two hours at half-hourly intervals. You also benefit if you travel from Lucerne, thanks to good connections at Arth Goldau with half-hourly connecting trains in Ticino.
These modifications in north-south traffic are just the first stage. Beginning in 2015, we will be replacing the older vehicles with the latest generation trains on an ongoing basis. During the Expo in Milan from 1 May to 31 October 2015, you also benefit from direct connections from Lugano to the Expo station, Rho Fiera Milano. Further improvements will be made up to 2020, with more connections and considerably shorter journey times due to the opening of the Gotthard and Ceneri base tunnels.

Price, product and timetable specifications subject to modifications.

Information on the range of tickets, prices, terms and conditions and purchasing.