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May 21, 2016 - 10:23 AM

I need to get from Cinque Terre (Vernazza) back to Paris on 4 June.

I plan to get onto the Welheim Tell Express along the way.

1. Can someone advise which is the place I should get on to the Welheim Tell Express? It seems that Locarno is very far from Vernazza!

I plan to get a Swiss travel pass.

2. And will this route work within the same day?

- Vernazza to Locarno (or an alternative station?)

- Welheim Tell Express (should I take from Locarno to Lucerne??) [

- Lucerne to Paris (by TGV)

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May 21, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Hi "confused", welcome to MySwissAlps!

1. You can pick up that route in Bellinzona.

2. This is too long to be enjoyable in one day, I think. It can be done though:

  • 6:19 departure from Vernazza
  • 13:43 arrival in Flüelen
  • Take the boat to Lucerne, arrival around 16:45
  • 21:38 arrival in Paris

A night somewhere along the way would make this a much nicer trip. All details are in the timetable.

A Swiss Travel Pass is for 3 days at least. Were you planning to use it for just this one day?

I hope you can change your nickname now :-)

Last modified on May 21, 2016 - 4:02 PM by Annika
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May 21, 2016 - 11:25 PM in reply to confused

Hi Confused. -

If you try the journey according to the schedule provided by Arno and Annika, I hope that your connections in Italy allow plenty of time for change of trains. Check the timetable(s) carefully.

I have never ever been on a train in Italy that was not late. Never ever. Makes one nervous.

Internal connections (within Italy) tend to compensate for that, by allowing long connection times.

That often works....;-(

If there are delays, you could skip the boat ride part of the Wilhelm Telll, and take the train all the way to Luzern or Basel.


Last modified on May 21, 2016 - 11:28 PM by Slowpoke


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