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Glacier Express and more!

hello, need info for two seniors, arriving Zurich 6/30/15 am , wanting a same day train to Zermatt to board the Glacier Express 7/1 am to St Moritz, then fr there on 7/2 to Rome...what type rail pass/ticket would be best? can you provide cost and availability...would we need to reserve seats in advance? need info asap, thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 26, 2015 20:22
    Thank you for your question, Ada.

    For the itinerary you laid out, your best option would be to purchase the 'Swiss Travel Pass' to cover the ticket costs for your trains in Switzerland and then regular point-to-point tickets for your trains in Italy.

    You would purchase the 'Swiss Travel Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    A connection from Zurich to Zermatt takes just over 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains at least once along the way in Visp. The trains comprising of this connection don't accept reservations, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    In addition to the Swiss Travel Pass, the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz does require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route (i.e. Zermatt to St Moritz) and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the Swiss Travel Pass). If nothing displays when do this search, you can verify if there is anything available by calling us at 1-800-622-8600.

    A connection from St Moritz to Rome would take about 9 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Tirano and then once in Milan. The first segment of this connection (St Moritz to Tirano) is on another Swiss scenic route called the 'Bernina Express'. The Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano does require reservations in addition to the Swiss Travel Pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route (i.e. St Moritz to Tirano) and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the Swiss Travel Pass).

    You would then purchase regular point-to-point tickets for your trains from Tirano to Milan and Milan to Rome.

    Please do not purchase the tickets from Tirano to Milan on our site, because they are only able to be issued as 'print-at-station' tickets, and the station in Tirano doesn't currently have the kiosks that would be needed to print them. Therefore, you would just purchase your tickets from Tirano to Milan locally upon arrival. For planning purposes, you can still check schedules for trains from Tirano to Milan by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route.

    Unlike the Tirano to Milan tickets, you would purchase tickets from Milan to Rome on our site. To do so, you would click on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and enter the route (just as you would to check schedules for the Tirano-Milan trains). Trains from Milan to Rome are high-speed 'Le Frecce' trains ('Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciabianca'), regular 'InterCity' trains, or high-speed 'Italo' trains.

    When doing these searches, just be sure to note the station of departure for your train from Milan to Rome and the station of arrival for your train from Tirano to Milan. Trains from Tirano to Milan will only arrive into the Milan Centrale station, while trains from Milan to Rome can depart from other stations. The 'Italo' trains, for instance, will only depart from the Porta Garibaldi or Rogoredo stations, not the Centrale station.

    (Note: When you pull up the schedules on our website for these searches the Milan Centrale would be labeled as 'Milano C.LE' and the Milan Porta Garibaldi station would be labeled as 'Milano P Garibal'.)

    If it happens that you need to commute between the Centrale station and the Porta Garibaldi station in Milan, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between the Centrale station and the Porta Garibaldi station only takes about 5 minutes. You would pay to ride the Metro locally before boarding.
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