May 6, 2017 - 12:02 PM
You're most welcome! Note that you are trying to book on the domestic site. It apparently has issues as the websites geared to tourists have the ticket for the direct train to Milan available (see my previous post). You should be able to pick GA while actually traveling with a Swiss Travel Pass, but there is no need to do so. You don't need to book from Lugano. You only need to book from Chiasso.
In your example the Lugano to Milan section is done by a regional train with no option to reserve a seat. All you need there is your Swiss Travel Pass, and for the section from Chiasso to Milan you need a regular full priced ticket. You can get it from any of the websites listed on the page I linked to in my previous post. I just checked another one, www.trainline.eu/searc h, and they sell Chiasso to Venice tickets from € 35.40, which is cheaper than the CHF 56 you found on the SBB site. The train departs from Chiasso at 19:08, but of course you can board it in Lugano at 18:42 if you want.
By the way, you don't need to book seats for trains within Switzerland, apart from a few panoramic trains. The 15:32 train from Zurich is a regular InterCity train with normal occupancy. You will always find a seat. But you have a reservation now so I guess your seat is 100% guaranteed ;-)
Does this solve it for you?
Last modified on May 6, 2017 - 12:09 PM by Arno