Discover Italy by train.
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.
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 14.6.2014 up to 6 direct connections daily with the EuroCity (ETR 470 and Loco/comp.) to Milan.
- From 15.6.2014 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.
- 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.
- 1 direct connection a day to Milan.
- 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.
Experience Italy: Milan, Verona, Venice, Como and Stresa and the Borromean Islands can be reached easily and quickly by train from Switzerland, and they offer something for every taste.
Milan from CHF 28.–*
The Duomo in Milan is one of the most famous monuments in Italy. The Duomo is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors can take the stairs or the lift up to the rooftop and enjoy the incredible views out over the city.
Caffè Camparino in Galleria.
Caffè Camparino in Galleria (formerly Caffè Zucca) serves the city’s best espresso and even attracted Verdi or Toscanini in their day, who retreated to the café after opera performances in the nearby Teatro della Scala.
Market in Milan.
At the market on Viale Papiniano, connoisseurs of designer clothing and fashionable shoes can get their fill. The market is open Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 7.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Venice from CHF 40.–*
It is the oldest bridge in Venice and spans the world-famous "Canale Grande" waterway.
Piazza and Basilica San Marco.
Visit the picturesque square with thousands of pigeons and the famous basilica form the romantic heart of Venice.
Mixed with Apérol or Campari, the spritz cocktail is the Venetian equivalent of the end-of-the-day beer.
Como from CHF 28.–*
Construction first began in 1396 while the main façade stems from the second half of the 15th century. It is the most important architectural monument of the town along Lake Como.
Funicular to Brunate.
Take the "Funicolare" up to the hilltop district of Brunate, located at 725 metres above sea level. The views are absolutely breathtaking.
The traditional weekly market offers fresh products as well as cheeses and sausages from Como and the surrounding region, along with clothing, fabrics and accessories. The market is open every Tuesday and Thursday (from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturday (from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Stresa from CHF 28.–*
In 10 to 20 minutes, you can take a boat ride from Stresa to the fisherman’s island of "Isola Superiore" or "Isola Madre" where exotic birds flit about amidst a park with an overwhelming diversity of plant life. The Borromean Palace offers a glimpse of how the nobility lived in centuries past.
In Stresa, savour homemade pasta, grilled fish or pizza baked in a wood-fired oven.
Stresa’s weekly market offers an array of fresh products such as vegetables, fruits, meat and fish as well as leather goods and clothing. Every Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* E.g. Genève/Basel SBB/Olten/Bern/Zürich HB–Milano Centrale, single journey in 2nd class, ticket valid on the train selected, including seat reservation. Price valid for online purchase. Advance booking from 120 days to 14 days before departure. No exchange, no refund. Tickets are on offer in limited quantities, subject to availability, in the SBB Ticket Shop, at staffed ticket counters (plus any counter fees) or from Rail Service on 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network).
Price, product and timetable specifications subject to modifications.