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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 $35.46
  2. 30 day advance $36.00
  3. 7 day advance $75.76
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    3hr 23m
  1. The train from Zurich to Milan follows the main north-south route through the Alps, cutting under the highest mountains through the Gotthard Tunnel. Opened in 2016, this impressive feat of engineering trimmed 40 minutes off the journey time from Zurich to Milan, so the fastest journeys are now 3 hours and 26 minutes.

    Despite the trans-Alpine nature of the journey, this is not a route known for its exceptional scenery. The prettiest sections are on the 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. Just over the border, there is a tantalising glimpse of Lake Como to the left of the train.

    Bookings for the direct trains from Zurich to Milan normally open four months prior to travel. This is a route where very cheap tickets are available for early bookers, but they do sell out quickly. You can set a booking alert by searching your dates in the booking tool above and entering your email address when prompted; we'll send you an email when booking opens.


    Zurich HB to Milan Centrale

    There are seven direct EuroCity trains each day on the Zurich to Milan route, leaving from the Hauptbahnhof in Zurich (shown as Zurich HB in our booking system). Trains on this route make six or seven intermediate stops on the way to Milan. The most important city along the way is Lugano. In Milan, trains terminate at Centrale station, where there are good onward connections to major cities across Italy.

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The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

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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