Apr 4, 2018 - 2:37 PM
My friend and I are planning our trip, and our last night in the Berner Oberland is in Grindelwald. We wan to go to Ascona next, and probably stay in Locarno. To find the best route should I just consult SBB timetables, or are there any "scenic" or panoramic trains that go this way that aren't listed there, or private rail companies?
Looking at SBB.ch, it seems the route that would make most sense from Grindelwald to Locarno is via Domodossola taking 4.5 to 6 hours. For some routes the last train we'd get on is in Domodossola, "43 Direction Locarno FART CENTOVALLI EXPRESS" that takes us to Locarno. I am assuming this *is* the Centovalli Railway scenic route, which is something we want to do. However, if it is included in this route, therefore if we went from Grindelwald to Locarno this way, then we shouldn't bother buying ticket do do the Centovalli Railway from Locarno?
However, we might want to spend some time in Domodossola. Do you think it would make sense to take the train from Grindelwald and get off at Domodossola, stay there a night, and then do Centovalli Express to Locarno? Or should we just take the train to Locarno and do a round trip day excursion on the Centovalli from there? I'm assuming the second option would be more expensive. I'm also not sure how Swiss Rail Passes work when you take the train *from* Italy.
Also, in regards to SBB, these routes also say "Does not operate daily." Is there a way to know which days they don't operate, if it's on a schedule? Also, there are so many abbreviations and icons and symbols on the SBB time tables. I can't seem to find a page or a key that tells me what they mean. Do you know of any?
Thank you so much!