Alps day trip from Milan via public transport

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Dec 12, 2017 - 7:26 PM


Our family (5 adults and 1 infant) will be staying in Milan over the Christmas period.

We would like to do a day trip to the Alps using trains/ cable cars ( relevant public transport).

Please note we will need to return to Milan on the same day

What are feasible peaks to visit by public transport?

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Dec 13, 2017 - 1:07 AM in reply to Leavzyl

Hi Leavzl and Welcome to MySwissAlps.

It may be too long a day for your but you could reach Zermatt, and see the iconic Matterhorn, in 3 hours 28mins from Milan. See rmatt

You can use the Swiss Railway timetable ( metable) to work out travel times/connections. You will need a reservation on the Italian trains.

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Dec 13, 2017 - 2:44 AM in reply to Leavzyl

Hi again Leavzyl,

I forgot to mention that you would want to keep a close watch on the weather forecast. It would not be worthwhile investing so much time in going to Zermatt if the weather was bad. For some further information on Zermatt (with pictures) see the post by Alpenrose666 on Dec 12, 2017 - 3:13 AM on the following thread: rum/topic/visiting-brig-and-chur-making-the-most-of-it

Another alternative would be to go from Milan to Tirano and take the Bernina Express (or regular trains on that route) but that would be an even longer round trip to get up into the alps.

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Dec 14, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Thank you for your reply.

Is the Eggishorn also a feasible option for a 1 day return daytrip from Milan? If yes, is it worthwhile?

For the Matterhorn option suggested, wil one go up the mountain aswell?

Im ideally looking for options that is a max 3.5 hours one way ( to reach top of mountain)

Is a Eurorail pass valid for both the above mentioned options?

Are we allowed to use a Eurorail if we are residing in South Africa, but have italian citizenship as well?

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Dec 14, 2017 - 11:09 AM in reply to Leavzyl

Hi Leavzyl,

Here you find more information about how to get to Eggishorn. Your pass covers the trip to Fiesch (2 - 3 hours from Milan) where you take the cable car to Eggishorn. Your trip to Zermatt is covered as well. For more information about where the Eurail Global Pass is valid (including a map) please visit: eurailglobalpass/ validity. You can buy a Eurail Pass as long as you have a passport from a non-European country. Whether you have another passport too does not matter. If you have European identity documents only you can buy an Interrail Pass which is almost identical. Be sure to order in time as these passes have to be shipped to you:

You won't go up the Matterhorn. There is no cable car. However, Klein Matterhorn has one. Another option could be the Gornergrat with the unique glacier view.

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