Jun 14, 2010 - 11:28 AM
Most Swiss rail passes are valid until the Swiss border. In some cases, the validity stretches out to the nearest station across the border. In your case, a rail pass would indeed be valid up to Chiasso. On the detail pages of (for example) the Swiss Pass
and the Swiss Flexi Pass
you'll find the link 'Overview of the network on which the... is valid'. This shows the exact routes for which the rail pass is valid and indicates the border stations at which validity ends as well. You can purchase your passes online through these pages as well.
From Chiasso to Levanto you'd have to buy a separate ticket. Please note that seat reservations should be made for the entire trip from Lugano to Levanto, as it's an international train journey. It's easiest to arrange for these seat reservations, and for your ticket from Chiasso to Levanto, at a Swiss railway station during your stay. Ordering them online in advance is quite difficult, which goes for both for the Swiss and the Italian Federal Railways.
You don't have to change trains at Chiasso only because your Swiss rail pass ends there and your separate ticket becomes valid. Simply show the railway conductor your Swiss rail pass on the Swiss leg, and the separate ticket on the Italian leg. The journey does require a change of trains, but this is in Milano. As for the Italian timetable: please be sure to select 'English' in the upper right corner of the site I mentioned. Then fill out Lugano as your departure station and Levanto as your arrival station and choose the date on which you want to travel. The system will show several options. You can select each option by clicking at the right. Your next step should be to click 'Details' below: the system will show more details for the connections you selected, such as duration of the trip, services on board of the trains, and so on.
Does this answer your questions?
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno