Fastest journey4hr 6m
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 to Milan
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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