Can I use Swiss Pass for the Eurocity train from Zurich to Milan?

Eurocity Train Zurich to Milan, can I use Swiss Pass to take Zurich to Chiasso, and buy a separate ticket to cover Chiasso-Milan? How to validate the Italian train ticket?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2014 18:27
    Hi Joe,

    If you'll be traveling with a Swiss Pass, you would purchase reservations on a EuroCity train from Zurich to Milan at a rate called the 'Passholder 3' rate. The Passholder 3 rate is a special rate on these trains created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't include Italy, to still take the train at a lesser cost.

    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 do a search for trains from Zurich to Milan under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Swiss Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train from Zurich to Milan and click on the 'View' button (listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred departure).

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', 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 it to your shopping cart.

    Trains from Zurich to Milan can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended departure date happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the route on our site.
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  • Hi, I want to book my Italy train ticket through http://www.trenitalia.com/ instead of RailEurope. Any other advice?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2014 20:16
    Hi Joe,

    This messageboard is for Rail Europe. We are the United States-based seller of European tickets for the North American market, and our website is www.raileurope.com. We would not have any information about booking through other websites, although I do not believe you would be able to purchase the Swiss Pass or corresponding reservations on a train between Zurich and Milan on trenitalia.com.
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