Basel / Bâle to Stresa by train

How to take the fascinating rail journey from north-west Switzerland to Lake Maggiore



From Basel SBB/Bâle CFF to Stresa

Journey Summary

Travel Information

Final Destination: Milano

All trains also call at: Domodossola (connect for Centovali trains)

3 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Check that you're booking for the direct trains - using the journey time to guide you.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €29

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Save A Train from €29

Save A Train Guide

Trainline from €29

Trainline Guide

Omio from €29

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Milano

All trains also call at:  Domodossola (connect for Centovali trains)

Connect at Stresa station for trains on to Arona.

Looking over Lake Thun between Thun and Spiez Looking over Lake Thun between Thun and Spiez
Departing from Spiez in better weather Departing from Spiez in better weather
Approching the Lotschberg Base Tunnel Approching the Lotschberg Base Tunnel
Heading south away from The Simplon Tunnel Heading south away from The Simplon Tunnel
Arriving in Domodossola Arriving in Domodossola
Looking left over Lake Maggiore before arriving in Stresa Looking left over Lake Maggiore before arriving in Stresa

If your reserved seat is on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) there are some fabulous views over the beautiful Thunersee

On departure from Thun station:

And then on departure from Speiz station:

Though not only was that video captured on a different, more sunny, day - it was taken when travelling in the opposite direction.
It's been included here to showcase, what you will see from the right on this part of the journey - when heading south!

After departing from Brig these trains travel through The Simplon Tunnel which was the world's longest regularly used railway tunnel for much of the 20th century.
When the trains exit the tunnel, they travel through an impressive gorge in the mountains before descending to Domodossola.

Then for much of the journey between there and Arona the railway line is beside Lake Maggiore; and again the views of the lake are on the left.

As can be seen the view over the lake can be worth seeing even on a grey day.

The beautiful islands in the video are just to the north of Stresa station.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Bern so when boarding Basel hope that your assigned seats are on the right hand side.

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