Need help please - Italy to Switzerland

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Aug 15th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Need help please - Italy to Switzerland

Hey guys!

I am trying to work out an itinerary, and by the look of Italian rail connections, I think I am doing a bit of zig zagging/backward trekking with my current plan. Please let me know what you think:

Starting out Rome > then train to Cinque Terre (via La Spezia, approx 4.5 hrs)

> then train from Cinque Terre to Venice (Via Milan, approx 6 hours, only 30 mins faster via Bologna)

> then train from Venice to Lucerne (via Milan - this leg is a killer, very long. However there are no flights from Venice to Lucerne)

Any suggestions to reduce the travel time? Also happy to be flexible with potential stop overs.

Many thanks!
Linda
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Aug 15th, 2012, 06:33 PM
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You could fly Venice-Zurich (about 1.5 hours) and train Zurich Airport-Luzern (a little over an hour). It would save you maybe 2 hours if the flight is on time.

Otherwise, you picked widely separate destinations, so that means you're going to spend many hours on trains.

I hope you have more than 2 weeks for this trip.
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Aug 17th, 2012, 10:11 AM
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Is there an overnight train available on the Venice/Lucerne portion?
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Aug 17th, 2012, 04:47 PM
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Nope unfortunately from all the posts it says that all the overnight trains have stopped. (

Think the only way we can do this is to skip Venice. Many thanks guys! Much appreciated.
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Aug 17th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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It might be less train travel if you go to Venice from Rome (3:45), Venice to CT (5-6 hours), CT to Lucerne via Milan (long day).
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