Reduced travel time through the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

Since the timetable change on 11 December 2016, you and your employees can now reach Ticino and northern Italy more quickly.

Thanks to the Gotthard Base Tunnel, your travel time is reduced by 30 to 40 minutes. We can also offer you additional services, more seats and mobile phone reception throughout the journey – even in the Gotthard Base Tunnel – on our modern and comfortable trains. And, of course, the SBB Restaurant or SBB Bistro will make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty on board.

Running faster and more frequently.

Do you sometimes go to Milan on business? You can now travel there and back easily in one day: with an additional early service, you can leave Zurich at 6.09 a.m. and arrive right in the heart of Milan as soon as 9.35 a.m. In the evening, you can catch the train at 6.25 p.m. and be back in Zurich by 9.51 p.m. This early connection also enables you to arrive in Lugano by 8.17 a.m. The last arrival in Zurich from Milan is now at 10.51 p.m., but a large number of onward connections are available.

At the weekend, additional trains between Zurich and Lugano in both directions allow you to plan your journey more flexibly. We have also introduced an extra service in the afternoon on the Basel–Olten–Lucerne–Gotthard–Milan route.

At the extensively refurbished Milano Centrale station, you can take advantage of hourly connections to Rome, Genoa, Florence, Turin, Bologna and Venice during peak times – usually on the state-of-the-art “Frecciarossa” and “Frecciargento” high-speed trains – with adequate and convenient interchange times.

By the way, the Gotthard mountain route continues to offer you hourly services to Göschenen, Airolo, Faido and Biasca. In Erstfeld and Bellinzona, you can find good connections to the canton of Uri, the St. Gotthard region and Ticino.

Your reduced travel time: Zurich–Milan direct in 3 1/2 hours.

All times are guide times and are not guaranteed. Subject to product and timetables changes.


Shortest journey time by train until
10 December 2016
Shortest journey time by train from 11 December 2016 Time gained by train, 2016–2017


4 hours 3 min.

3 hours 26 min.

Approx. 35 min.


2 hours 41 min.

2 hours 8 min.

Approx. 30 min.


2 hours 47 min.1


2 hours 22 min. 1

Approx. 30 min.


4 hours 6 min.
(via Bern–Simplon)

4 hours 6 min.
(via Bern–Simplon)



3 hours 47 min.1

3 hours 13 min.

Approx. 35 min.


3 hours 55 min.1

3 hours 17 min.1

Approx. 40 min.


2 hours 32 min.

1 hour 59 min.

Approx. 30 min.


3 hours 35 min.

3 hours 4 min.

Approx. 30 min.


2 hours 20 min.

1 hour 46 min.

Approx. 35 min.

St. Gallen–Milan

5 hours*

4 hours 30 min.1

Approx. 30 min.

St. Gallen–Lugano

3 hours 45 min.1

3 hours 12 min.1

Approx. 30 min.


3 hours 3 min.
(via Simplon)

3 hours 3 min.
(via Simplon)



3 hours 50 min.1

3 hours 15 min.1

Approx. 30 min.

  • 1With changes
  • 2Basel–Milan connection: until the Ceneri Base Tunnel opens in December 2020 it is faster to travel via Bern–Simplon. From December 2020 the journey time will be the same via the Gotthard and Simplon.

All times are guide times and are not guaranteed. Subject to product and timetables changes.

Switch to the fast lane.

Thanks to the Gotthard Base Tunnel, there is no longer any reason to travel to the south by car. Traffic? Pass closed in winter? Problems like these are old news. Travel in comfort by train, make use of your time on the move and arrive punctually and relaxed.

Your benefits on the train:

  • Travel time = usable time   
  • Productive employees   
  • Better predictability   
  • Arrive in the heart of the city