Mar 14, 2013 - 12:40 PM
The cheapest way would be to just purchase a regular ticket for the quickest route to Lucerne. Apart from some tunnels, you'll see the Alps while traveling that route. The regular price from the Swiss border (Chiasso) to Lucerne and back is CHF 124. There are better routes with better views however, and perhaps you would also like to visit a mountain top while you're there. That would make a rail pass worth looking into. The Swiss Half Fare Card and the 3-day Swiss Flexi Pass could be options if you want to do and see more than just the return trip. The latter also includes trips up the Rigi mountain near Lucerne for free, and boats from Lucerne as well. Follow the links for prices, a downloadable map, and further information.
A great route would be this:
Rome - Milan - Tirano, then the Bernina Express (or a regular train) to Chur. Then Chur - Lucerne. The next day travel from Lucerne to Interlaken via Meiringen. Then to Spiez, and next take the local train via Kandersteg to Brig. From Brig back to Italy. Now you have more Alpine views than you can imagine :-) The timetable helps you to see if this fits your timeframe.
Hotels near the Lucerne rail station (and the old town) can be found here.
Does this help?
Last modified on Nov 1, 2018 - 4:17 PM by Arno