Mar 17, 2012 - 4:41 AM
Hello Rob, and welcome to the forum! All Swiss rail passes will become valid from specific border stations onwards. For most connections from Italy to Switzerland, this is Domodosolla; in some other cases it's Chiasso. If you use the timetable to plan your inbound trip, you'll see which one applies to your connection. This means that you have to buy a regular ticket up to Domodossola or Chiasso. From there on, your Swiss rail pass will take over. Depending on which pass you take, you will either enjoy free traveling or a 50% discount.
Which pass is best, can only be said for sure once some detailed calculations have been made. As for now, I'd say you should look into either the Swiss Half Card or a 3 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass. Both have a detail page (I just linked to) listing all details, purchase options and a downloadable map showing the area of validity.
Does that get you started? You're welcome to get back with further questions!
Last modified on Jan 27, 2020 - 11:19 AM by Arno