Lötschberg Mountain Route and Centovalli

From Berne to Locarno

Map Lötschberg Mountain Route and Centovalli

Sometimes the long and winding route is the best way to reach a destination: On many detours, the BLS Lötschberger and the Vigezzina-Centovalli railway carry travellers to legendary views and excursion destinations.

The Swiss may be straightforward, but this panorama journey is not. The ride on the RegioExpress Lötschberger from Berne to Brig does not lead through the Lötschberg Base Tunnel but over the century-old mountain route.

From Brig, Domodossola is within easy reach without changing trains. From Domodossola, the Vigezzina-Centovalli railway takes guests to Locarno. There is much to marvel at during the ride along the 50 kilometres of this narrow gauge line: some 83 bridges and viaducts, light chestnut forests and the delightful Merlot des Ticino vineyards.

Facts
  • Route 1: Bern–Spiez–Kandersteg–Goppenstein–Brig–Domodossola (Italy): 2 h 20 min
  • Route 2: Domodossola (Italy)–Locarno: ca. 1 h 50 min
  • Total distance: 212 km
  • Total duration: 4 h 10 min

Important: For the border crossing to Italy, valid travel documents are required.

Food & Beverages
No catering services.
Timetable

RegioExpress Lötschberger

  • Hourly connections Bern–Zweisimmen and Bern–Kandersteg–Brig
  • Operates every other hour to/from Domodossola

Vigezzina-Centovalli-Railway

  • Operates year-round almost every hour

All connections are available on the SBB timetable.

Tickets & Reservation

Ticket

  • This route is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) and GA travelcard.

Reservation

  • RegioExpress Lötschberger:
    • Seat reservation for individual travellers possible but not required (surcharge of CHF 5 per seat and stretch)
  • Vigezzina-Centovalli-Railway:
    • Reservation required for groups on the entire route
    • Seat reservation for individual travellers possible but not required (surcharge of CHF 5 per seat and stretch)
    • On panoramic trains, a surcharge per seat applies on the Italian part of the stretch Domodossola–Camedo (surcharge EUR 1.50 payable directly on the train)