How to take a rail journey from Milano/Milan to Zurich

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Milano / Milan / Mailand to Zürich / Zurich by train

The fastest journeys by train from Milano to Zurich exploit both the new trains which have been introduced to the route and the recently opened Ceneri Base Tunnel, which has enabled the quickest ever journey time between the two cities.

This route taken by the direct trains, which also includes travelling through Europe's longest rail tunnel - the Gotthard Base Tunnel, remains a journey which showcases the best of European rail travel.
The smart new trains have restaurant cars, the engineering achievements to enable the journey time are phenomenal and despite the epic, recently opened rail tunnels, most of the journey is still fantastically beautiful!

Though the Gotthard Base Tunnel does take the trains away from the most scenic section of the older Gotthard Route, and making the most of those scenic highlights is still easily done - with only one connection between trains required.

However, for those who have time on their side, it's also possible to ride what is arguably Europe's most scenic rail route between two cities!

Routes you can take to go from Milano / Milan / Mailand to Zürich / Zurich

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: the direct EC trains

Route Information

Via stations: Cadenazzo

Option 2: more scenic - and rail pass users can also save
Travel Time (approx)

5hr 10min approx



Travel Info

1 x connection every other hour

Route Information

Via stations: Tirano, Pontresina, Samedan and Chur

Option 3: Taking Europe's most scenic rail route!
Station Guides
The central roof span of Milano Centrale viewed from the departure concorse
Milano Centrale Rail Station Guide
Tirano Guide Coming soon...
Changing trains at Pontresina
Pontresina Guide Coming soon...
Samedan Guide Coming soon...
Chur Rail Station Guide
The frontage of Zurich Hb station by the Bahnhofplatz tram stops
Zürich HB / Zurich main station Rail Station Guide
Travel Time (approx)

8hr 5min (approx)



Travel Info

up to 8 x connections per day

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