Como to St Moritz, St Moritz to Chur, Chur to Lucerne, Lucerne to Zermatt, and Zermatt to Milan

WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO ADVISE ON THE BEST TRAVEL FROM COMO TO ST MORITZ THEN OVERNIGHT IN CHUR THEN ON TO LUCERNE/OVERNIGT THERE. AFTER LUCERNE WE WANT TO GO TO ZERMAT FOR AN OVERNIGHT BEFORE ENDING IN MILAN
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 07, 2017 14:59
    Hi Lauren,

    For the itinerary you laid out, your best option would be to purchase the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass for Italy and Switzerland. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    Como to St Moritz

    For travel from Como to St Moritz, your best option would be to follow the famed Bernina Express scenic route. With this option, you would take a short train from Como up to Lugano. From Como to Lugano, the ride only takes about 30-40 minutes. In Lugano would begin the Bernina Express scenic route. The Bernina Express route consists of a bus from Lugano to Tirano (runs from April 14th to October 29th, 2017) and then a train from Tirano to St Moritz.

    Trains from Como to Lugano do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that would be needed to board.

    In contrast, the Bernina Express bus from Lugano to Tirano and train from Tirano to St Moritz both will require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. When purchasing reservations for this route, you would just break up your search once in Tirano. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment from Lugano to Tirano and then another search for connecting trains from Tirano to St Moritz. With that said, there may currently be an error preventing 1st class seats on the Tirano-St Moritz from being booked through our website (the bus only offers 2nd class). If you'd like to have 1st class on the Bernina train from Tirano to St Moritz and it is not offered on our website, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays. Generally, the Bernina Express bus and train both can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    For the segment from Como to Lugano, our website will only display schedules for the EC (EuroCity) trains; however, there are also regional trains operating frequently, all throughout the day. If schedules for the EC trains do not coordinate with the rest of your connection, you can call us to inquire about schedules for the regional trains.

    St Moritz to Chur

    Trains from St Moritz to Chur follow along another stretch of the Bernina Express scenic route. These trains depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes 2 hours. Trains from St Moritz to Chur do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these trains by doing a search for the route on our website.

    Chur to Lucerne

    From Chur to Lucerne, connections take just over 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once along the way in either Zurich or Thalwil. These trains do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for connections from Chur to Lucerne by doing a search for the route on our website.

    Lucerne to Zermatt

    The shortest connections from Lucerne to Zermatt takes just over 3 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Bern and then once in Visp. None of these trains accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for this route on our website by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Lucerne to Bern, another search for connecting trains from Bern to Visp, and the another search for connecting trains from Visp to Zermatt.

    Trains from Visp to Zermatt follow along a stretch of the famed Glacier Express scenic route.

    If you don't mind adding about an hour to your journey time, you can take a different route that involves following along a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option would take just under 4 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Interlaken, once in Spiez, and then once in Visp. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the GoldenPass scenic route. Once again, trains from Visp to Zermatt follow along a strech of the Glacier Express scenic route.

    On the GoldenPass segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary. The remaining trains making up the connection do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    On our website, you can view schedules for the segments from Lucerne to Interlaken, Spiez to Visp, and Visp to Zermatt. However, schedules for the segment from Interlaken to Spiez are currently not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, trains from Interlaken to Spiez depart 3 times every hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 20-25 minutes.

    Zermatt to Milan

    The most feasible connections from Zermatt to Milan take just under 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Brig along the way.

    On the segment from Zermatt to Brig, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    In contrast, trains from Brig to Milan require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For planning purposes, schedules from Zermatt to Brig are able to be viewed on our website. For the segment from Brig to Milan, you would just have be sure to purchase reservations. Generally, the trains from Brig to Milan can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Trains from Zermatt to Brig follow along a stretch of the Glacier Express scenic route.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 07, 2017 15:07
      For a stay in Lucerne, you would also want to keep in mind that the Eurail Select Pass enables you to receive discounts on the various mountain excursions in the area.

      Mount Pilatus

      The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, you would make your ascent by taking the cog railway up to Mt Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Mt Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm), you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to Lucerne, you would take a bus from Kriens.

      With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on this journey between Lucerne and Mount Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm). To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Alpnachstad or Kriens - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html.

      Mount Rigi

      There are 2 different routes between Lucerne and nearby Mount Rigi.

      The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. For this first route, the Eurail Select Pass is only valid to cover you on the train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount.

      The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on both the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' both can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount. The boats on Lake Lucerne are operated by SGV.

      Mount Titlis

      The excursion from Lucerne to nearby Mount Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the famous 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.

      The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Engelberg. For the remaining part of the excursion (cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis), however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 20-25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html. This pass also includes a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.

      Off the Trübsee stop, there are hiking and flower trails, as well as horse-drawn carriages around the lake. Here there are also additional cable cars ('Trübsee-Jochpass' and 'Trübsee-Engstlenalp' cable cars). At the foot of Mount Titlis in Engelberg, there is also the 'Engelberg-Gerschnialp Funicular Railway' to Gerschnialp and the 'Fürenalpbahn' cable car to Fürenalp. You would pay to board these additional cable cars locally when you're there. Just be sure to mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass, because they might be able to offer you a discount.

      Mount Stanserhorn

      From April 8th to November 12th of this year, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby Mount Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.

      The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Stans. For the remaining part of the excursion (funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn), however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Stans - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Stanserhorn' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 07, 2017 15:15
      In Zermatt, one of the main draws is the observation deck at Gornergrat for spectacular views of the Matterhorn. To reach Gornergrat, you would take the 'Gornergratbahn' cogwheel train. To be covered for this trip, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Gornergrat Full Fare Ticket' option of a pass called the 'Gornergrat Mountain Peak'. You would purchase this pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/gornergrat/index.html.
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