Best rail option for travel between Milan, Italy and Switzerland?

If I use a rail pass to travel thru out Switzerland for a week that begins and ends in Milan Italy which rail pass would be the best to purchase?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 08, 2014 16:32
    Thank you for your question, Rebecca.

    The best option for an itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself. If the only city in Italy you'll be traveling to is Milan, then you might just want to consider purchasing a Swiss Pass to cover your travels in Switzerland. You would purchase the Swiss Pass here:
    http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    With a Swiss Pass, you would be eligible to receive a 'Passholder 3' rate for tickets on direct trains between Milan and Switzerland. The Passholder 3 rate is a special rate created to allow those traveling with a Swiss Pass to take a direct train between Milan and certain cities in Switzerland at a discounted cost (even though the train runs through Italy, which technically isn't covered with a Swiss Pass). These trains run between Milan and cities that include Basel, Olten, Bern, Spiez, Visp, Brig, Zurich, Arth Goldau, Lugano, Lucerne, Geneva, Lausanne, and Montreux.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 3 rate for one of these trains, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, enter the cities, and indicate that you'll be traveling with a Swiss Pass, when prompted.

    2.) You would then locate a direct train for the specific pair of cities you'll be traveling between and click on the 'View' button, which is listed with the cost for each departure shown.

    3.) After you've clicked the 'View' button, you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 3'. Generally, the Passholder 3 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' or possibly the 'Fully Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 3' is checked and then click 'Select' to proceed and add the ticket to your shopping cart.

    Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of the ticket costs and view schedules when searching this route on our site.
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