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Need help on my train ticket booking from Switzerland, France and Italy

Apr 22nd, 2013, 03:16 AM
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I would never imagine a return day trip Grindelwald - Firenze but OP's question got me curious.

The first connection of the day is ( by today's timetable)
Dep. Grindewlald 05h19 > Arr. Firenze SMN 12h27, total time to take 7hrs 8min. with 5 changes of trains. The next is slightly better Dep. 06h49 and Arr. 13h27, with 4 changes of trains.

Return : eg. FIR Dep. 14h30, GRW Arr. 23.36, with 5 changes again (the last ride is a bus that gets you to GRW).

Who wants to do it and for what I don't know but cetainly you can if you really need to. Perhaps driving a car is slightly better ...
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 03:24 AM
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Oh, it was not OP who asked for Grindewald - Firenze.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 05:41 AM
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Who wants to do it and for what I don't know but cetainly you can if you really need to. Perhaps driving a car is slightly better ...>

no car is not better - the high-speed trains in Italy go up to 180 m p h or the Milan to Florence portion and just as fast as cars on the other. Plus once in Florence you'll spend hours trying to find a parking lot as private vehicles are banned largely from the city centre.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 05:45 AM
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Kappa: by car it's 9 hrs OW, without any intermediate stop (via Stans).
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Apr 24th, 2013, 07:37 AM
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I appreciate everyone's concern (the trip is one way!) and answers. We are going in June so apparently would need to wait for the new schedule but it doesn't sound like it will change much.
Thanks for all the responses and help!
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Apr 24th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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No, the new schedule won't be that different. You need to rethink this part of your itinerary. Cheap flights are often a good alternative to the train, but not from Grindlewald.
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Apr 24th, 2013, 12:19 PM
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If you have a Swiss Pass you can use it to go to the Italian border station - Domodossola - at the southern end of the Simplon Rail Tunnel - so buy a ticket on www.trenitalia.com from Domodossola to Florence (after checking if www.sbb.ch - Swiss Railways doesn't have some special say Spiez to Florence fares.
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Apr 24th, 2013, 12:48 PM
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In order to make it clear: the timetable of the direct Switzerland - Milan trains will NOT change in June; the change is only for trains which start and end in Italy
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Apr 26th, 2013, 09:44 AM
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In order to make it clear: the timetable of the direct Switzerland - Milan trains will NOT change in June; the change is only for trains which start and end in Italy>

trying to make sense of this - all Switzerland - Milan trains end in Italy, right?
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Apr 27th, 2013, 06:15 AM
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still trying to make sense of that?
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Apr 27th, 2013, 09:44 AM
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Only the timetawbles of DOMESTIC trains may change.
May be that helps
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May 3rd, 2013, 01:30 PM
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How do you know they will not change - are you saying they never ever change? since Trenitalia has yet to release its summer schedules how do you know that?

curious as to why the never ever change - don't pass the smell test - or are you saying they will not change only this year and how do you know that?
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