The main station hall at Zurich HB

Verona to Zürich / Zurich by train

How to take the rail journey from Verona to Zurich

Making the rail journey from Verona to northern Switzerland has been improved for the better on the new timetable, as the departure time has been moved forward by four hours to just after 14:30.
Aside from arriving in Switzerland in time for an evening meal, the two particular positives are:

  • connections are available to destinations across Switzerland (Brig, Geneve, Lausanne and Sion have a daily direct train from Venice)
  • for all by the shortest winter days, the entire journey will be daylight; and many of its highlights will be towards its conclusion.

Though if the timings of this direct train don't suit, the other option is to take a train to Milano Centrale and connect there for a train on to Zurich.
Taking an overnight journey isn't a feasible option on this route.

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From Verona Porta Nuova to Zürich HB / Zurich main station

Travel Information

Final Destination: Zuerich/Zurich

This train also calls at: Bellinzona and Arth-Goldau (connect for Luzern and Basel) and Zug

1 x direct train per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months* ahead of the travel date

This direct train departs from Verona daily at 14:32; so target that time when looking up this journey.

When looking up tickets on Trenitalia select 'Zuerich Hb' as the arrival station.

When looking up this journey you will see other options which involve:

(1) taking a train from Verona to Milan, and then connecting there into a...

(2) another train from Milan to Zurich

But if you do opt to change trains in Milan instead, then pay particular attention to the time allowed to change trains.
It's not particularly uncommon for the Frecce trains from Venice to arrive in Milan 20 - 30 mins late; and any ticket you have booked will only be valid on a specific train on to Zurich
This is a route on which having to swap tickets to a later connecting train, in the event of a delay, is definitely a scenario to avoid if possible.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SBB from 32CHF

SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

Trenitalia from €39

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.
ItaliaRail from €39

ItaliaRail Guide

ItaliaRail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.

Users of InterRail and Eurail passes can also book seat reservations on the Frecce and InterCity trains without paying a booking fee,

Trainline from €39

Trainline Guide

Omio from €39

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 - YesMountain viewsLake views

Good to Know

This train will reverse direction on departure from Milano Centrale.

Looking over Lake Lugano on the right to the south of the city. Looking over Lake Lugano on the right to the south of the city.
Heading north from Bellinzona towards the Gotthard Base Tunnel Heading north from Bellinzona towards the Gotthard Base Tunnel
Lake Zug can be seen on the left after Arth-Goldau Lake Zug can be seen on the left after Arth-Goldau
The train will reach Lake Zug shortly after 18:30 The train will reach Lake Zug shortly after 18:30
After the tunnel look out on the left for the glimpses of Lake Luzern After the tunnel look out on the left for the glimpses of Lake Luzern

Aside from the views on the right over Lake Garda, as the train leaves Desenzano, the Italian section of this journey is unexceptional, but things become a tad more fabulous once the train has passed through Chiasso and crossed the border into Switzerland.

Once you're in Switzerland, look out for these highlights:

The views from the left over Lake Lugano, as the train nears Lugano.

The crossing over Lake Lugano - with great views from both sides of the train.

South of Lugano station, the views over the lake switch to the right.

After departure from Lugano, the train will now travel through the new Ceneri Base Tunnel.
After departure from Bellinzona the train will enter the world's longest railway tunnel, The Gotthard Base Tunnel - so long that it takes the train around 18mins to pass through it.

Despite the fact that this train now travels through The Gotthard Base Tunnel this is still a scenic journey through the Alps.
After the train has exited the tunnel and travelled through Schwyz, there are views on the left over Lake Luzern, which aren’t available when heading south on these trains.

Then shortly afterwards, before Arth-Goldau, also on the left there are views over the Lauerzersee.

After departure from Arth-Goldau there are some beautiful views over Lake Zug - also on the left.

(All of the videos were taken from a train travelling in the opposite direction)

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