Travel between Milan and Switzerland

We will have Swiss and Italy passes. Starting in Zurich and going to Milan how or where do we get the Italy pass validated? Can we do it on the train? Or do we have to get off at the first stop in Italy, get it validated, and then wait to catch the next train to Milan?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2012 14:55
    Hello,

    Since you'll be traveling with a Swiss Pass and a Eurail Italy Pass to cover your train from Zurich to Milan, the conductor would validate your Eurail Italy Pass on board the train. This would not be able to be done at the station in Zurich prior to boarding.
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    We'll be having only Swiss pass. For the same journey Zurich to Milan. How will be go about using our Swiss pass. Will our Swiss side of the journey will be free and we only have to pay a share of the total fare?
    Thanks
    Asif
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 30, 2012 14:25
    Hello Asif,

    With the Swiss Pass, you would be able to purchase your tickets on the train from Zurich to Milan at what is known as the 'Passholder 3' rate. The Passholder 3 rate is a special rate that was created to allow passengers in possession of a Swiss Pass to take direct trains from Milan to certain cities in Switzerland at a lesser cost, even though the train would be starting in Italy, which is not covered by a Swiss Pass.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 3 rate for a direct train from Zurich to Milan, 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.

    In some instances, from this kind of search, you may see an incorrect error message that states the following:

    "This train requires the passholder to purchase a seat reservation; however the passholder fares are unavailable or sold out at this time. This schedule is informational only. Please reserve your train at a train station in Europe."

    You can disregard this error message as it is very possible that the train is not "unavailable or sold out" as it states, and I would then recommend that you call us at 1-800-622-8600 to verify the fare's availability and book your tickets.

    We hope to have the issue with this error message showing fixed as soon as possible, and we're sorry for any confusion.
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  • I’m confused
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    I am traveling from Interlacken to Milan. I will have both a Swiss pass and Italy pass. Can I use both passes to cover my trip? Would it count as a travel day on each pass? How would I book this?
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  • Can I use Italypass to travel from Bern to Milan. I am widely travelling in Italy using Italypass single country Eurail pass. However I am starting from Bern to go to Italy.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 17, 2014 15:48
      Thank you for your question, Mittal.

      Generally, all countries being traveled through would have to be accounted for on a rail pass. However, the trains from Bern to Milan offer a special 'Passholder 2' rate for passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't include Switzerland. Therefore, with the Eurail Italy Pass, you would be eligible to purchase your tickets at this rate for a direct train from Bern to Milan.

      To ensure you are purchasing these tickets at a Passholder 2 rate, you would take the following steps:

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

      2.) You would then locate a direct train between Bern and Milan and click 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 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option.

      4.) Be sure the option labeled 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 2' is checked and then click 'Select' to proceed to add the ticket to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart).

      Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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