Train vs hire car Milan to Switzerland

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tierneyjohn
tierneyjohn
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Jul 5, 2017 - 2:37 AM

Hello

We are staying in Milan for a couple of days and wanted to do some day trips to Switzerland - one day at Lake Como, Brunate and the Villa Carlotta; another day in Bernina Diavolezza, up the cable car to Diavolezza summit.

We would love to travel by train, but it seems, particularly for the Lake Como trip to be almost impossible to achieve in one day.

Can we keep this itinerary if we hire a car in Milan? What are the risks/pitfalls in driving to these locations? What is parking like in the Como area?

Thank you very much.

John

rockoyster
rockoyster
1048 posts
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Jul 5, 2017 - 7:40 AM in reply to tierneyjohn

Hi John,

You can get a train from Milan to Bernina Diavolezza. Takes just over 4 hours each way.

Como, Villa Carlotta and Brunate aren't actually in Switzerland. But you can get from Milan to Como pretty quick by train. There is a funicular from Como Nord, I think, to Brunate and there is a bus from Como to Villa Carlotta (2 hour round-trip roughly).

I once went in a taxi in Milan. The traffic was mad and that was about 20 years ago. Not for the faint-hearted I would suggest. 😇

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 5, 2017 - 10:35 AM in reply to tierneyjohn

Hi John,

I would suggest a train for your trips. You can read about train vs car travel here, and search for the train timetables here.

Lucas

tierneyjohn
tierneyjohn
7 posts
new member
Jul 6, 2017 - 2:36 AM

Thank you rockoyster and Lucas for your timely replies.

I checked the link Lucas' provided and it seems train travel is the way to go!

If and when we take the day trips will be determined by the weather. Is there a weather app or website you could recommend?

Do you know if, leaving from Milan, we have to book in advance for either destination (Bernina or Lake Como) or can we play it by ear on the day?

Kind regards

John

rockoyster
rockoyster
1048 posts
top member
Jul 6, 2017 - 3:03 AM in reply to tierneyjohn

Hi John,

I used the MeteoSwiss app.

I'm not sure about reservations on Italian trains. They wouldn't be necessary on Swiss trains.

Last modified on Jul 6, 2017 - 3:05 AM by rockoyster
Arno
Arno
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Jul 6, 2017 - 5:13 AM

Hi John,

If you take regular trains (not the official Bernina Express or international EuroCity trains) you can just buy a ticket either online or on the spot, without actually booking seats for a specific train. The timetable shows if trains require seat reservations. Mostly they don't on your routes.

tierneyjohn
tierneyjohn
7 posts
new member
Jul 6, 2017 - 5:20 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you for the tip Arno.

Much appreciated.

John

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