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Christinetht
Christinetht
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Jul 11, 2022 - 2:13 PM

Hi all,

I am Christine from Singapore and am currently planning for a upcoming Honeymoon trip to Switzerland and Italy. This is my first time to Europe and this would like to seek some help here.

I have been trying to find the answers from travelling from Geneve to Venice via direct train with a Swiss Pass, how does it works? I hope someone would be able to help me with my question.

I have purchased a 15 day Swiss Pass and am looking at a direct train run by SBB CFF FFS from Geneve to Venezia Santa. Lucia (venice). Understand that Swiss Pass only covers area within Switzerland and I am required to buy a ticket from Domodossola to continue the journey to Italy.

But since I will be taking a direct train, how do I buy the ticket at Domodossola? Does that mean I would need to purchase the ticket online? If yes, may I know which site can I purchase the ticket from?

Otherwise, please advise if I can purchase via this website, with my Swiss Pass to enjoy the discount from Switzerland area. www.sbb.ch/ticketshop/b2c/fahrplan.do?sprache=en&xmlHandle=https%3A%2F%2Ffpl-p.fpl-prod.aws.sbb.ch%2Fbin%2Fquery.exe%2Fen%3FshowExtXml%3D1%26xmlId%3D5g.0203371.1657548787%3A1%3ADirectConReq-0&returnUrl=https://www.sbb.ch/en/buying&wait_for_it=wait_for_it

Thank you!

Christine Tan

Anna
Anna
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Jul 11, 2022 - 2:38 PM in reply to Christinetht

Hi Christine,

Welcome to the forum, thanks for joining MySwissAlps.

It's good that you will be using the Swiss Travel Pass for your travels. If you are taking a direct train to Italy from Geneva, you can get a ticket in advance directly at the Geneva train station or any SBB train station. Just show your Swiss Travel Pass at the ticket counter and you will be issued with ticket to cover the Italian portion of your trip. So you can stay on the train without getting off at Domodossola.

Alternatively you can get a point-to-point ticket Domodossola to Venice online: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/italy

Hope this helps.

regards,

Anna

Christinetht
Christinetht
3 posts
new member
Jul 11, 2022 - 2:51 PM in reply to Anna

Hi Anna,

Thank you very much for the prompt reply.

Probably I will purchase an advance ticket via trainline.com for Domodossola to Venezia Santa Lucia to cover the Italy part.

Would you be aware if seat reservation is required for boarding at Geneve or is free to seat anywhere available?

Thank you.

Christine

Anna
Anna
3897 posts
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Jul 11, 2022 - 2:55 PM in reply to Christinetht

Hi Christine,

Seat reservation is not necessary on Swiss trains, as explained here: www.myswissalps.com/train/reservations. But reservations are usually required to travel on trains in Italy.

Regards,

Anna

Christinetht
Christinetht
3 posts
new member
Jul 11, 2022 - 2:58 PM in reply to Anna

Hi Anna,

Thank you for the advice! Can't wait to visit Switzerland soon!

Best regards,

Christine

1960man
1960man
4371 posts
expert
Jul 11, 2022 - 10:16 PM in reply to Christinetht

The recommendation for the Switzerland - Italy Eurocity trains is that if you travel all the way from somewhere in Switzerland across the border to somewhere in Italy is that you must have a reservation, because it is usually required within Italy.

Last modified on Jul 11, 2022 - 10:21 PM by 1960man
Bebe
Bebe
36 posts
active member
Jul 12, 2022 - 3:21 PM in reply to 1960man

Hello, Anna and 1960man:

We have the STP and will be traveling from Locarno to Milan on 9/10. When I purchase our train tickets for the Italy portion at the Locarno station, do we need seat reservations and do we change trains at Chiasso or continue on same train to Milano Centrale station? What is your recommendation as to purchasing advance tickets for the Chiasso-Milan part online or is it okay to wait and do this at the Locarno station?

TIA! I look forward to reading the Forum every day. It’s a wealth of helpful info.

Bebe

Anna
Anna
3897 posts
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Jul 12, 2022 - 9:30 PM in reply to Bebe

Hi Bebe,

For travel from Locarno to Milan, you probably won't need seat reservation as this is considered regional travel (Milan is part of the Arcobaleno integrated fare network). You can get your tickets from Chiasso - Milan directly from the Locarno train station or online: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/italy

Regards,

Anna

1960man
1960man
4371 posts
expert
Jul 12, 2022 - 9:44 PM in reply to Bebe

No need for any reservations.

Locarno - Milano Centrale is a direct regional service (route RE80) running every hour throughout the day. Departure from Locarno is at xx.25, for example 08.25

Bebe
Bebe
36 posts
active member
Jul 13, 2022 - 12:17 AM

Thank you both for your quick responses and explanations. Exactly what we needed to know!

Relating to earlier forum posts and all your expert answers, we finally decided to take the Lotschberger base tunnel route from Interlaken/Spiez to Domodossola and Locarno on the Centovalli rail, now that it’s back in full operation, rather than the Luzern to Locarno route.

Thanks again for the help.

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