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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £35.50
  2. 30 day advance £90.00
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  1. Take a comfortable EuroCity train from Basel to Milan, cruising from the Rhine Valley through the Alps and the Simplon Tunnel to the plains of Lombardy in 4 hrs 10 mins. The direct service from Basel to Milan runs three times each day.

    There are additional options that require just one change of train – usually in Zurich, Arth-Goldau or Lugano. The onward journey to Milan is then on a EuroCity service via the Gotthard route to Italy. Note that the change adds more than an hour to the journey time and you may lose out on the cheaper fares which are often available on the direct train from Basel to Milan.

    The direct train from Basel to Milan takes in two long tunnels on this route through the Alps: the Lötschberg Base Tunnel (34 km) and the Simplon Tunnel (20 km). Once in Italy, the train cuts through a corner of Piedmont with marvellous views of Lake Maggiore on the left before dropping gently down to the plains of Lombardy and Milan. All in all, a route with some good views of Alpine scenery, but few serious close encounters with the hills.

    Bookings on this route normally open four months prior to travel, and that's when you'll find the cheapest tickets.


    Basel SBB to Milan Centrale

    The direct EuroCity trains to Milan leave from the Swiss station in Basel (a station often referred to as Basel SBB). In Milan, these trains arrive at Centrale, from where there is a good choice of onward connections to cities across Italy. The Basel to Milan trains make eight or nine stops along the way. The main stations on the route are the Swiss capital Berne and the town of Brig, where the train pauses just before diving into the Simplon Tunnel to Italy.

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Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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