Through the Alps by train from €29...

SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) and Trenitalia (Italian Railways) jointly operate a high-quality train service between major Swiss cities and Milan, with one or two trains per day extending to Verona & Venice.  These trains are branded EuroCity, a generic term for quality train in much of Europe, and they are all now operated by bullet-nosed ETR610 trains, some owned by SBB some by Trenitalia.  Fares start at €29 in 2nd class or €49 in 1st class booked at a site such as www.loco2.com.

  What are the trains like?

  Travel tips:  Luggage, WiFi, food & drink...

  How to check train times, fares & tickets

  Scenery & sights

  See the video

What are the trains like?

The ETR610 trains have 1st & 2nd class and a restaurant car.  The train is air-conditioned with power sockets at all seats.  These are excellent trains, seats line up with the windows for great views.

ETR610 EuroCity train at Milan Centrale

An ETR610 about to leave Milan Centrale with a mid-morning EuroCity train to Bern & Basel.

1st class table for two   1st class seats on an ETR610 train

Table for two in 1st class, ideal for couples...

 

1st class seats.  See larger photo.

Lunch on an ETR610 train   ETR610 restaurant car

Lunch in the restaurant car...

 

The restaurant car.  See larger photo.

1st class table for two   1st class seats on an ETR610 train

Table for 4 in 2nd class, ideal for families...

 

2nd class.  See larger photo See panorama photo.

Travel tips...

1st class table for two   1st class seats on an ETR610 train

You put your suitcase on racks like this one, or between seat backs where seats are back-to-back...

 

There are power sockets at all seats in both classes, standard 2-pin European type...

Times, fares & tickets...

Scenery & sights...

These trains pass some great Alpine scenery as well as Swiss and Italian Lakes.  Here's a summary of what to look out for on each of the four routes, written assuming you're travelling south towards Milan - if you're travelling northwards the sights will obviously be on the opposite side of the train.

Sion castle, see from the train to Venice

Sion castle in the morning light, seen from the Geneva to Venice train...

Lake Leman, seen from a Geneva-Milan train

Lake Leman, seen from a Geneva to Milan train on a wintry day.

Pretty church & vineyards seen from a Zurich to Milan train   Pretty church & vineyards seen from a Zurich to Milan train

Villages & vineyards seen on the Gotthard route...

ETR610 EuroCity train at Milan Centrale

Lake Maggiore...  Trains between Milan and Lausanne, Geneva, Bern & Basel pass right by the shores of Lake Maggiore.  This is Lake Maggiore seen over lunch in the restaurant car of the 11:25 Milan to Basel on a bright winter's day.

Watch the videoETR610...

This is a PR video showcasing the first ETR610 to roll out of the works after a refresh.  All 19 of Swiss Railways' ETR610s are being refreshed between 2017 & 2021 with more luggage racks, bike spaces, and WiFi.


 


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