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Venice to Como and Como to Zermatt - Do we really need reservations way in advance or is 2 days ok?

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We are traveling from Venice to Como and Como to Zermatt in June. We have a Select Eurail pass that includes Italy and Switzerland amoung other countries. Do we really need reservations in advance or can we make them 2 days ahead at the train station. When I look on the US Eurail site, RailEurope, they do not really have the full schedule of train reservations. For instance, leaving out of Como, they show the first train to Milan is at 10:58 am. I know from looking at other sites there are some that leave earlier. We would be going Como to Milan to Brig to Zermatt. I would rather get there earlier than later, but if I book the reservation on the Eurail RailEurope site, I will be traveling from 10:58 am to at least 3:50 pm using up the whole day. I feel like if I talked to someone at the actual train station 2 days in advance we could get an earlier arrival. Am I wrong? Same with Venice to Como. Can we get our reservations 2 days in advance at the train station in Venice?

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    Como City (NOT Varenna/Bellagio/Menaggio etc) - Zermatt:

    If you travel all by Swiss railways, NO reservation at all is needed:
    Como SG dp 7.47 - Chiasso dp 7.58 - Zermatt ar 14.13
    Como SG dp 8.47 - Chiasso dp 8.58 - Zermatt ar 14.50
    Como SG dp 9.39 - Chiasso dp 9.58 - Zermatt ar 15.50
    Chiasso dp 10.58 - Zermatt ar 16.50
    Chiasso railway station is a stop of the Como city bus

    If you travel partly with Italian railways, it depends on the train:
    Como SG dp 7.13 - Zermatt ar 11.50, seat reservation Milano - Domdossola needed
    Como SG dp 8.13 - Zermatt ar 14.13, NO seat reservation needed
    Como SG dp 9.22 - Zermatt ar 14.50, seat reservation Milano - Domdossola needed
    Como SG dp 10.58 - Zermatt ar 15.50, seat reservation Milano - Domdossola needed
    Como SG dp 12.15 - Zermatt ar 18.13, NO seat reservation needed

    During high season, Milan - Domodossola - Brig Eurocity trains are often fully booked a few days ahead. Actually, there are tons of free seats, however.

    Venice - Milan trains run about every 30 min. Seat reservation is compulsory, but there will be no problem. If 1 train should be full (rather unusual) the following one would have free seats for sure.

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