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First Time User Looking For Advice Using Eurail Pass for Switzerland and Italy travel

  • 13 February 2024
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I am traveling from Zurich to Zermatt to St. Moritz (via Glacier Express) to Milan to Florence.

I’m considering a 4-day Eurail Flex Pass instead of the Swiss Train Pass because of the Italy travel.

I plan to take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz (I know I need seat reservations), and prefer not to stay the night in St. Moritz.  I think I can take a combination of bus and train from St. Moritz to Milan and make it to Milan the same night.  I know the Zermatt to Milan trip will be a long day.

This is the route Rome2Rio suggests from St. Moritz to Milan

My questions:

Can I use the Eurail pass from Zurich to Zermatt? Do I need a seat reservation?

Can I use the Eurail pass from St. Moritz to Milan?  Do I need a seat reservation?

Can I use the Eurail pass for the train from Milan to Florence?  Do I need seat assignments?

This is the suggested Route Rome2Rio suggests to get me from St. Moritz to Milan the same day I take the Glacier Express.  Can I use the Eurail pass on this route?

 

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Best answer by thibcabe 13 February 2024, 13:56

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St. Moritz is in the Engadin valley so you could either go all the way to the terminus or stop in Samedan 10 min earlier. I don’t recommend staying there as it’s a ski resort for billionaires to show off (basically). It’s also mainly German-speaking while the nearby villages still speak Romansh, the fourth national language of the country! (Of course English is fine for a tourist.)

I’d recommend villages such as Pontresina or Zuoz. Look at pictures online and see where you can find accommodation. They both have frequent trains to and from St. Moritz.

Download SBB app for timetables and everything. There are hourly regional trains from St. Moritz to Tirano (Bernina line) stopping at Pontresina between others. Easy to reach the line from Zuoz too.

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(I don't see the Rome2Rio screenshots.)

Zermatt - St. Moritz - Milan is a long journey, too long to fully enjoy it. The Glacier Express is supposed to be a memorable experience but in retrospect you probably won't have good memories with such a long day.

Depending on the time of year you'll also miss the Bernina railway due to darkness. It's a real shame as it is even more scenic than the Glacier Express in my opinion.

I'd very very much suggest spending a night in the Engadin Valley : not in St. Moritz itself though, as it's expensive for nothing.

There are 2 routes from St. Moritz to Milan :

- fully by train via Tirano

- bus to Chiavenna + 2 trains

Eurail wouldn't cover the St. Moritz - Chiavenna bus. Trains are regional services, reservations not possible.

If you must go to Milan that evening : follow the Glacier Express route on regional services until Andermatt and then go southwards via Göschenen and Lugano. Much better experience and still pretty nice.

For your other questions :

Eurail is fully valid on Swiss trains (except ones to peaks such as Gornergrat). Reservations are not needed : log the train, hop on and sit wherever you want.

You need a 13€ seat reservation for Milan - Florence. Have a look at https://www.seat61.com/interrail-and-eurail-reservations.htm

Questions welcome. Please reconsider the Zermatt - Milan day.

@thibcabe thank you for your suggestion.  If I were to spend the night in the Engadin Valley which town/ train station would I get off?   I really want to do the Glacier Express train and have that experience.  Do they allow you to get off the Glacier Express train at that Engadin Valley train station; or how do I get there?

Can I board the Bernina train in Engadin or do I need to go back to St. Moritz?

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