Traveling from Zurich to Lake Como in early May

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Apr 8, 2017 - 7:47 PM

My husband and I are traveling from Zurich to Lake Como. We arrive from the States in the early afternoon on the 1st and want to arrive to Lake Como by late afternoon on the 2nd.

I know we can take a train from Zurich to the town of Como and then take a hydro to our final city on the lake, however we are curious as to where we should stay the night on the 1st.

My understanding is that May 1st is a holiday and there might not be a lot to see in Zurich on that day. We also wouldn't mind staying the night an Alpine city since we won't be spending much time in Switzerland. Ideally, I think we would travel on the 1st to a town, stay the night and then on the 2nd continue on our trip down to Italy (Especially so we can enjoy the views in daylight). Unfortunately it appears that we won't be able to do the Gotthard Panoramic Express since it appears to just be on weekends in May. We also don't really need to do the boat tour across Lake Luzern since we will be doing another boat trip across Lake Como the same day.

Any recommendations on towns to stay the night on the 1st and a good train route?


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Apr 9, 2017 - 2:56 PM in reply to nokirkburke

Hi nokirkburke, thanks for joining MySwissAlps!

I'd advise to spend the night in Lucerne and do some local sightseeing if time allows: e. It's an atmospheric town with quite some nearby sightseeing options, and they'll be available on May 1 too. Next day you can travel south over the Gotthard pass. It doesn't matter that the Gotthard Panorama Express won't be running. You can travel the exact same route from Flüelen to Bellinzona using normal trains: rdpanoramaexpress. Just mind to enter via-stations such as Göschenen when looking for this route in the timetable: ble. Otherwise the timetable might suggest the quicker route that runs through the tunnel.

The first section to Flüelen can either by done by train or by boat. I don't know Lake Como so I can't compare it to Lake Lucerne, but I personally think the boat ride south to Flüelen is very scenic: kelucerne.

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