Jan 16, 2018 - 8:45 PM
in reply to cherryberry
Hi cherryberry, and welcome to MySwissAlps,
You need reservations on the Italian trains and I would book the tickets ahead of time. Please read more here.
The Swiss Transfer Ticket allows a free transfer from any Swiss airport or border rail station to any Swiss town and on the last day a free transfer from any Swiss town to any Swiss airport or border rail station. Your point of entry and point of departure and the towns to travel to/from do not need to be the same. The price of such ticket is CHF 152,- (lowest online price currently). If you were to buy point-to-point tickets you would pay the same price for an adult. The difference is that the Swiss Transfer Ticket allows you traveling by train, bus, boat or mountain transport as well to get to your destination.
If you fill in your trip in the Swiss timetable, you'll get to see the pricesfor point-to-point tickets. Please be advised that the prices shown for the Swiss trains are based on the Swiss Half Fare Card (50% discount) so you'll have to multiply it by two.
In what context did you see 'transfer'? I would say it means changing trains. The Swiss timetable also shows you when you need to change trains.