May 8, 2011 - 4:39 PM
First of all - thanks to everyone for the excellent information found in these forums! It has been a great assistance to our Swiss travel planning.
We will be traveling from Murren to Milan. Part of our planned itinerary was to include riding the EuroCity train from Arth-Goldau to Milano Centrale. This portion requires a reservation; and the SBB site shows this route as having "very high occupancy", so we would like to purchase these reservations before our arrival, if possible.
Our question: We will be traveling using Swiss Passes. I understand there is an additional fee for the reservation, as well as additional charges for the travel portion that is in Italy. Rail Europe allows me to enter my pass type, then shows me a dollar value for the reservation. However, the fine print seems to indicates that the price assumes I have some sort of pass that includes both Switzerland and Italy, which I do not.
So: Is there a way to purchase (in advance) a seat reservation on a trip that starts in Switzerland and ends in Italy, without having paid for the Italian portion yet?
Thanks for any help.