Jul 28, 2019 - 11:05 PM
Yes, Locarno is on a branch off the Gotthard railway route - so to reach the starting point of the Centovalli (FART) railway you must travel Lugano - Bellinzona - Locarno, ie travelling north to Bellinzona and 'backtracking' to Locarno
Don't make a great effort to go on the panoramic train, in my opinion (with 59 years of experience of world railways) the Centovalli railway panoramic trains are a very poor design - just as good to take a regular train and cheaper.
I would be wary of suggesting to someone new to the area only having 5 minutes to make the connection between FFS and Centovalli at Locarno, as it even caught me out last time was there, despite me having been familiar with the FART at Locarno for many decades. I found it difficult to get quickly from the main line train to the Centovalli metre gauge train.
However, 4 minutes is the official minimum connecting time at Locarno so you are expected to be able to achieve it. but please note the Centovalli trains do not wait for late running connections
The timetables are published in the December - December Swiss official timetable, here is the PDF:
www.fahrplanfelder.ch/ fileadmin/fap_pdf_fiel ds/2019/620.pdf
Last modified on Jul 28, 2019 - 11:19 PM by 1960man