Aug 20, 2017 - 1:19 AM
in reply to red6277
One thing I forgot to mention is that you can trade off speed of journey versus amount of scenery you get to take in.
If you take the fastest route offered by the SBB timetable Interlaken Ost to Chiasso you will end up going via the Gotthard Base Tunnel and will therefore spend nearly 60Km of your trip underground.
The Scenic Alternative is the Gotthard Panorama Express from Luzern to Lugano. See www.myswissalps.com/go tthardpanoramaexpress (reservations not mandatory on regional trains for the same route)
You can do the official full blown boat and train ride or follow the same route entirely by regional trains if you include "via Göschenen" in the timetable search. The boat ride is splendid.
The other Scenic Alternative is to take train from Interlaken Ost to Brig via Kandersteg. Then Brig to Domodossola and on to Locarno via the Centovalli Express (needs reservations I think). Local trains from there will get you to Como S. Giovanni. Even though this route traverses Italy it is still fully covered by Swiss Half-Fare Card. I haven't done the Centovalli yet but it's on my bucket list for next time.