Jun 9, 2022 - 7:10 PM
Finding Saturday night accommodation on late notice in peak season is not easy. However, after more research, I believe we have a few options that allow us to keep our planned Sunday travel day.
The strike alert reads "ESCLUSO IL SERVIZIO DELLA LUNGA PERCORRENZA," (Excluding the long distance service), so I think the EuroCity trains from Milan to Spiez won't be affected by a Trenord strike. So, I can reserve that leg in advance as a refundable and exchangeable ticket. As per reaching Milan - my AirBnB host in Varenna suggested that:
a) A strike might not effect the early morning train(s) from Varenna.
b) We could take the ferry to Como and get a Swiss-operated train from Como to Milan, then continue to Spiez.
I believe we could also take the same Como-Milan train in the opposite direction. That is, the train starts in Milan. We hop on at Como and travel north past Chiasso, Lugano, Bellinzona, etc. to reach Interlaken and Spiez. This is a longer route, but it gets us across the Swiss border faster.