This recently introduced service is the only direct train from Switzerland to a string of beautiful Italian cities; Piacenza, Parma, Reggio d'Emilia, Modena and Bologna.
Final Destination: Bologna Cle.
The train also calls at: Lugano (departs at 08:32) and at Piacenza (arrives 10:59); Parma (arrives 11:31); Reggio Emilia (arrives 11:49) and Modena (arrives 12:07).
The direct train to Bologna is now* typically departing Zurich HB station at 06:33 with an arrival into Bologna at 12:30.
*from Dec 11th
1 x train per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date
On the Trenitalia website, you will need to enter Zuerich Hb as the departure station.
Rail pass users
If you will be travelling with valid Eurail or InterRail passes, you will need to pay a rail pass reservation fee when boarding this train for a journey to Switzerland (seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets).
Though avoid paying for these reservation fees at a station in Switzerland, because if you do so you will also have to pay a 11CHF booking fee per passenger.
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If you will be travelling by train from Zurich and Lugano to destinations south of Bologna including Firenze/Florence, Roma and Napoli, the journey will be easier and likely faster if you take one of the other trains from Zurich to Milano Centrale and make the connection between trains at that station instead of Bologna Centrale.
At Milano Centrale station making the transfer simply involves walking from one train to the other, but at Bologna Centrale, this train from Zurich will arrive at a different part of the station to that used by the high speed trains on to the destinations beyond Bologna.
As this EC train doesn't use the high speed line between Bologna, therefore the Frecce trains which do so, can travel from Milan to Bologna twice as quickly, so making the connection at Milano into those trains can be a time saver too.
From the LEFT of the train (when facing the direction of travel) the first highlight to look out for is the view over Lake Zurich, as the train ascends up from the shore.
Then, if the weather is behaving itself, after departure from Zug station comes what is now the highlight of the journey, the view over the Zugersee.
This lake with its mountain peaks on the far shore can be seen on the right for more than 15 mins between Zug and Arth-Goldau station.
The next beautiful vista to look out for comes after departure from Arth-Goldau station, when on the right, the train will pass by the Lauerzersee.
Then just to the south of here, also look out on the right for glimpses of the Luzernsee.
Now that the trains on this route use the Ceneri Base Tunnel the next scenic highlights on the journey
come shortly after departure from Lugano, where there are views over the lake, initially over on the LEFT.
and then the train will cross the lake, which is quite the wow moment!
After the trains have crossed the lake, the best of the views switch to the right.
The Italian section of the journey south of Chiasso is more mundane, despite the trains passing through Como, its namesake lake can't be seen from these trains; and there isn't anything particularly special about the final part of the journey from Milano on to Bologna where the train will travel across flat farm land between the numerous towns.
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