Arrival from Italy

Map – Arrival from Italy

Convenient, fast, comfortable: Guests who wish to explore the charms of Swiss cities opt for the practical EuroCity connections from Milan, Genoa, Venice or Bologna.

Thanks to the Ceneri Base Tunnel in combination with the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the longest train tunnel in the world, it takes passengers just a bit over three hours to travel from the fashion centre of Milano to the heart of the no less sophisticated city of Zurich. Due to numerous connections daily, Switzerland is only “a stone’s throw” away from its southern neighbour.

The journey across the Alpine massif is delightful and quick: Direct trains run from Milan to Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano and Zurich. Genoa and Venice are also directly connected to Zurich. From Bologna, Zurich and Geneva are within reach in one go.

Direct connections Approximate travel time Times per day
Milano – Basel 4 h 15 min up to 5
Milano – Bern 3 h 05 min up to 3
Milano – Genève 4 h up to 4
Milano – Lausanne 3 h 20 min up to 4
Milano – Lugano 1 h 20 min up to 12
Milano – Luzern 3 h 30 min up to 2
Milano – Zürich
3 h 15 min up to 10
Venezia – Zürich
6 h 10 min once
Venezia – Genève
7 h once
Genova – Zürich
5 h 20 min once
Bologna – Zürich
6 h once
Services EuroCity

Travel classes

  • 1st class
  • 2nd class

Available for 1st and 2nd class

  • On-board restaurant
  • Power outlet at every seat
  • Free WiFi and Infotainment Portal “SBB Onboard” (on SBB trains only)
  • Family zone (in 2nd class only)

Available exclusively for 1st class

  • Seat service (on SBB trains only)
  • Business and quiet zone (only in “Giruno” type SBB trains)
Timetable & Tickets

Holders of a Swiss Travel System ticket are entitled to a discount on their cross-border tickets when arriving from Italy. For cross-border travel from Italy to Switzerland, global tickets are required. These tickets also include a seat reservation.

Standard fare (Presale: 180 days prior to departure date)

  • Valid only on the booked date and train
  • Seat reservation required and included in the fare

Saver fares: Smart and Smart 2

  • Flexible pricing within pre-defined price ranges
  • Smart: presale from 180 to 7 days prior to departure date, valid only on the booked date and train
  • Smart 2: presale 180 to 3 days prior to departure, flexible rebooking (date and/or train) against surcharge possible (balance payment to regular ticket)
  • No refund
  • Seat reservation required and included
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts