Fastest journey2hr 47m
The train from Zurich to Como follows the main north-south route through the Alps, cutting under the highest mountains in the 15-kilometre-long Gotthard Tunnel. In mid-2016 an even longer tunnel will open, taking 40 minutes off the current 3 hrs 25 min journey time from Zurich to Como.
The best scenery on the journey is on the long climb up to the north entrance of the Gotthard Tunnel. Once out of the tunnel, the line drops down through the Ticino area of Switzerland, skirting Lake Lugano to reach the Italian frontier at Chiasso. Como is the first stop in Italy, just 5 minutes south of Chiasso.
Bookings for the direct trains from Zurich to Como normally open three months prior to travel. This is a route where very cheap tickets are available, but they sell out quickly.
Zurich to Como
There are four to five direct EuroCity trains each day from Zurich to Como, leaving from the Hauptbahnhof in Zurich (shown as Zurich HB in Loco2's booking system) and taking 3 hrs 25 mins for the journey. The principal stations along the route are Bellinzona and Lugano, both on the south side of the Gotthard Tunnel. Arrival is at Como S Giovanni station.
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