Travel from Lauterbrunnen to Rome by train

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cos24
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Mar 30, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Helo, could you please let me know what would be the best way to get from Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken to Rome by train? Looking to go by train during the day and arrive by 8 p.m. at Rome. To visit some family there and also with like to find out how I can do this economically. i planned to get a Swiss travel pass while I'm in Switzerland if that helps. Also i cpuld leave from Lucerne, if that is easier. Thank you very much.

Slowpoke
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Mar 31, 2017 - 8:45 AM in reply to cos24

Hi Cos24-

Take a look at the timetable. It will give information on trains from Switzerland to Rome.

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Slowpoke

Lucas
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Mar 31, 2017 - 8:46 AM in reply to cos24

Ho Cos24,

You can search timetables for all train trips here. Best case it is about 7 hours via Interlaken, Spiez and Milan depending on the day and time of departure you can do.

If you have the Swiss Travel Pass, then you just need to buy a ticket from the Swiss/ Italian border town to Rome (probably Domodossola).

Lucas

Last modified on Mar 31, 2017 - 8:48 AM by Lucas
cos24
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Mar 31, 2017 - 10:33 AM

T Hanks. It looks like there is only 5 minutes when the train arrives at Domodossola and then departs on another traim. Is it possible to make that train? Do you have to by trentalia tickets ahead of time or would the price be the same on the day of ?

Slowpoke
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Mar 31, 2017 - 12:53 PM in reply to cos24

I don't know if there are any discounts a the moment...Arno might know better than I.

I recall at most two tracks ( and the branch line to Locarno via the Centovalli).

However, the map give lie to my memory, there are only two mainline tracks:

map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&lang=en&bgLa yer=ch.swisstopo.pixel karte-farbe&layers=ch.bav.ha ltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swiss tlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visi bility=false,false&X=1 07626.65&Y=666733.35&z oom=7

or,

www.google.com/maps/@4 6.1160298,8.297394,356 m/data=!3m1!1e3

You won't get lost in that station.

Slowpoke

Lucas
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Mar 31, 2017 - 1:26 PM in reply to cos24

5 minutes shouldn't be an issue on your connection time - small station!

You can use the link on my first post to buy a ticket online. Then you don't have to worry about buying a ticket that day. Alternatively you can buy the ticket for that section at Lauterbrunnen station before you board the train if you want -prices would be the same whether bought online or at the station - unless a promotion becomes available.

Lucas

Arno
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Mar 31, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Hi Cos24,

Most trains continue on to Milan; no need to get off or worse, change trains in Domodossola. I would avoid that. The trains you seem to have in mind (arrival in Rome 7:58 PM) only require changes in Interlaken Ost, Spiez and Milan. Not in Domodossola. Just buy a ticket for the Italian section through Lucas's link (click top the Price tab) and the journey should be pretty easy.

cos24
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Mar 31, 2017 - 4:46 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you, for the Italian section, do you mean by a ticket from Milan to Rome or from Spiez to Rome? I will have the Swiss Travel pass.

Slowpoke
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Mar 31, 2017 - 5:13 PM in reply to cos24

<<"Thank you, for the Italian section, do you mean by a ticket from Milan to Rome or from Spiez to Rome? I will have the Swiss Travel pass.">>

From Domodossola to Rome. The Swiss pass will get you to Domodossola. If you need to check things like that , you can follow the link that Lucas gave you for the Swiss Travel Pass, and there will be a map showing coverage.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Mar 31, 2017 - 5:14 PM by Slowpoke
cos24
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Mar 31, 2017 - 5:29 PM

I thought Arno said not to connect in Domodossola?

Arno
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Mar 31, 2017 - 5:46 PM in reply to cos24

Hi Cos24,

Note that the fact that the Swiss Travel Pass is valid until Domodossola does not mean you need to get off the train there. Just stay seated as you already have a ticket for the remainder of the trip anyway.

One only needs to change trains if the timetable says so, not because of a ticket or pass. Tickets and passes can be arranged for in advance.

Last modified on Mar 31, 2017 - 5:47 PM by Arno
cos24
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Mar 31, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Okay thanks. So just to make sure I have this straight.... even though I am starting in Lauterbrunnen and connecting in Interlaken and Spiez the actual ticket I should purchase should be from Domodossola to Rome. Is that correct?

Arno
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Mar 31, 2017 - 6:39 PM in reply to cos24

Yes absolutely. Your pass covers you until Domodossola (you can download the map to verify), so no ticket needed for that section.

cos24
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Mar 31, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Ok thanks. I checked the map. I could not find a solid red line on that route to Domodossola that would indicate that the entire Swiss part is free with the Swiss Travel pass. Am I correct? If part of the trip is 50% , how does that work?

Arno
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Apr 1, 2017 - 6:42 AM in reply to cos24

The dashed line is just a tunnel. No worries, it's all free. It's explained right next to the map download link.

cos24
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Apr 1, 2017 - 9:27 AM

What a relief, thank you. As far as booking the train ticket from Domodossola to Rome, the price on sbb was around 160 Swiss Francs per person, but on Trentalia the same route and train was 69 euros.

Is there another site or preferred site that seems to yusually yield the best ptices?

Arno
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Apr 1, 2017 - 11:27 AM in reply to cos24

You're welcome :-) Did you check the ticket link I gave you 3 posts ago? Trusted sites offering such tickets are listed there. In your case, living in the US, I would check www.trainline.eu/searc h and www.raileurope.com/eur opean-trains/trenitalia/how-to-book.html first. There are many websites selling these tickets, and there might indeed be price differences. But if the difference is as huge as in your example it is worth double checking as those tickets may not be the same. Even if it's the same train, the cancellation and change policy can be different. If that does not matter to you the cheapest option is of course good enough.

Last modified on Aug 7, 2018 - 1:14 PM by Arno
cos24
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Apr 1, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Thanks. I do not see the ticket link from 3 posts ago but I did use the links in your last post. Thanks.

Arno
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Apr 1, 2017 - 1:04 PM in reply to cos24

Great, those sites should offer good prices especially if booked early. The link to all suggested sites is in my Mar 31, 2017 - 5:46 PM post. The ticket link should be underlined and blue. Does that link not work for you?

cos24
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Apr 1, 2017 - 1:17 PM

It is there, I just missed the word ticket in blue.

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