Milan to Switzerland
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 13, 2012 9:24 AM Last Post By: neckervd
Nov 10, 2012 9:04 AM
I' m travelling to Italy via Milan on 23 March but I wanna to make a trip to Switzerland. I would like to enjoy the scenic ride from Tirano. Which train ride company to take? What is the best option I can take to see the Swiss aps. I would probably be at Switzerland for 3 days. Is there any interesting town nearby that I could visit.
Actually I will be at Italy for 3 weeks.. Any good suggestion of itinerary that I could spend for my 3 weeks holiday? My last destination depart home is Rome.
Hope anyone who can help me with this.
Thanking you in advance.
Nov 10, 2012 11:19 AM
1The Bernina Express is the most scenic line:
Nov 11, 2012 1:55 AM
2On Italy..have you read a guidebook?
There are thousands of possibilities for 3 weeks in Italy.
With no information on your linterests,likes and dislikes,budget etc it is very difficult for anyone to pick an itinerary for you ;-)
Nov 11, 2012 6:58 AM
3From Milan take a Trenitalia local (regionale) train to Tirano, cross the road to the Swiss station and board the Bernina Express to St Moritz. You can stop in Diavolezza and take the cable car from there to go higher. St Moritz, in Engadin, is a rather posh place, but indeed beautiful, and there are plenty of opportunities from there (going to Roseghütte by horse-drawn carriage or sleigh, for example, or visiting the Segantini museum).
Or, take a Simplon bound train from Milan, get off in Brig, take the local railroad to Zermatt and then the one going up to Gornergrat, right in full view of Matterhorn. On a clear day, it's even more beautiful than the Bernina line.
Nov 12, 2012 10:09 AM
4If you want to visit Lake Como you can catch the train to Varenna from Tirano, and then do a boat trip to other little towns around the lake. I've just spent a week in that area and the scenery is stunning. Lugano is also nice and there are plenty of regular trains from Milan to Lugano every day so it's easy to get to.
As for your three weeks in Italy, if this is your first time my suggestions are: Venice (three days), Florence (four days), perhaps include Lucca on a day trip, Tuscan towns of Siena, San Gimignano (three/four days), back up to Florence catch train to Naples, head to the Amalfi Coast - Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi (7 days), back up to Naples (perhaps a day here), up to Rome (three days).
Nov 13, 2012 12:56 AM
Thanks so much for your tips and advises and really appreciate it. As this is my first time to Italy so I'm not sure what should I do. After looking through the map, I'm planning to visit the following places: Milan (Cinque Terra is one the place that I wish to visit) 3 nights, Switzerland (2 nights) Venice(3 nights) , Florence (3), Pisa & Rome (8 nights). Is this route is the best near to each other that the train could easily connecting each other or any suggestion.
I will touch down at Milan, Malpensa Airport on 24/3/12 at 5.30am. Then I will stay on at Milan for 3 days then only I will head to Switzerland via Tirano. I have few more questions which I'm not sure and hope anyone who knows better could help me up.
1) Many have suggested Benina Express, if I were to ride on Benina St Motrixz, should I be staying a night there or should I continue my train ride other town or should I take a coach back. As I'm not planning to have any skii. Just plan to have sighseeing at the Alps. Is the month of Mar/Apr still have the white snowy scence.
2) If my plan is just to have day trip to Switzerland and back to Milan it is possible? Or it is better to have a night stay at one of the town in St Motrixz or Brig or Thun then head back to Milan. As I'm planning to visit Venice too, should I head to Venice?
3) I read a post suggested to take train ride from Milano - Tirano - Pontresina - Samedan - ReichenauTamin - Disentis - Andermatt- Brig - Thun. Is this line a Trenitalia local (regionale) train to Tirano or it is a Simplon bound train from Milan.
I hope someone could help me on these question.
Nov 13, 2012 1:01 AM
6If you want to visit CT...be aware that it is not particularly near Milan.
Milan to Vernazza (for example) is 3-4 hours each way....too long for a day trip.So you are going to have to stay there....if you want to see and do stuff...
Nov 13, 2012 1:03 AM
7You can see Pisa from Florence...for me,a day trip there is enough (I guess you just want to see the tower?).
Nov 13, 2012 5:52 AM
8While a day trip from Milan to Lugano or Como or Genova is perfectly feasible, places like Zermatt or St Moritz or Cinque Terre are a a bit faraway: you could still go back and forth if you are prepared to leave early in the morning and come back in the evening, but (assuming that you have to pay for your accommodation in Milan) you should also research the alternative of spending the night somewhere else.
Nov 13, 2012 6:46 AM
Nov 13, 2012 9:06 AM
10A little faster from Florence,but its not really near to any of your other stops.
Maybe 3 hours by train from Florence?
Nov 13, 2012 9:24 AM
11Chiara is right: Gornergrat is much more spectacular than the Bernina Express train ride. If you want to enjoy the glaciers of Bernina, you must leave the train at Bernina Diavolezza and go from there by cableway to Diavolezza hut, in the middle of glaciers (but Gornergrat is still better anyway).
But first of all: do you want to go to the Swiss Alps or do you want to cross the Swiss border just for having been in Switzerland? The highest "Swiss" mountains (Matterhorn, Kleinmattehorn, Monte Rosa, Bernina, etc.) are along the Swiss-Italian border and can be seen from both sides. It doesn't make much difference whether you go from Milan by direct bus to Breuil-Cervinia and from there by cableway to Plateau Rosa (Italy) or from Milan by train to Brig - Zermatt and then by cableway to Matterhorn Paradise (Switzerland). The 2 mentioned cableway stations are in the same area (less than 1 mile away from each other) with the same panorama, just the ticket fares are different (3 to 4 times more expensive via Switzerland).
With only 3 weeks for whole Italy, I wouldn't waste one single second at Milan (unless you are particularly interested in some specialized museums or Leonardo's Last Supper). If you really want to enter Switzerland, go there directly from the airport (which is between Milan and the Swiss border).
Malpensa airport Terminal 2 dp by bus 19.05 - Gallarate railway station ar 19.18, dp by eurocity train 19.58 - Brig (Switzerland ar 21.16)
Day trip to Zermatt - Gornergrat, Aletsch glacier, medieval city of Berne, etc.
Brig dp 11.18 by Glacier Express up to Samedan ar 17.46 and over the Bernina Pass up to Poschiavo ar 19.35
morning train from Poschiavo to Tirano - Bellano, Lake Como boat to Como, train to Milan - Venice ....
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