Switzerland to Italy Summer 2024

  • 28 February 2024
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We are planning to travel from Geneva to Milan on Sun 21 July 2024 and we can’t find any sensible options.  

We had planned to travel over the border between Brig and Domodossola but this appears to be shut for the summer, does anyone know when a rail replacement timetable will be in place and how much of the line will be closed.  I’m concerned about how long it might add to our journey as we’re travelling with two small children.

Are any other options recommended? We’ve been looking at Zurich - Milan via Lugano but again can’t find any trains for the Swiss / Italian border crossing.

Any advice would be great, every option we look at seems to fail!




Best answer by AnnaB 28 February 2024, 22:36

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You are too early. The timetable hasn't been released yet. But you can check how the trains run now and expect them to run in the same way. 

Thanks AnnaB,

We were just a bit concerned as it literally seems to only be the section crossing the border that’s missing, we can book everything else!

Typically how far in advance are the timetables released? 
Thank you 

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The Stresa – Arona part of the Domodossola – Milan railway will indeed be fully closed between 9th June and 8th September for works. Rail replacement buses will run but timetables and details aren’t known yet.

Trenitalia/RFI are taking their time :)

I can think of a few detours to avoid the buses :

  • Geneva - Brig - Domodossola - Locarno - Milan
  • Geneva - Lucerne - Lugano - Milan
  • Geneva - Brig - Andermatt - Göschenen - Locarno (break there) - Milan (part of the Glacier Express route on hourly regional trains, most scenic option). Also possible to change in Bellinzona and Lugano.

Follow what the SBB app says, it’s really helpful! Questions welcome.

Everything is reservation-free* so you can decide on the day whatever you prefer → Interrail flexibility. :)

*except for Chiasso - Milan ECs and perhaps for the replacement buses.