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Train, Milan-Chur via Tirano and Bernina Pass

Train, Milan-Chur via Tirano and Bernina Pass

Old Feb 15th, 2003, 02:53 PM
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Train, Milan-Chur via Tirano and Bernina Pass

We are trying to plan this trip but the layover to change trains in Tirano is 8 minutes. Does anyone know if this train change is possible or just a stress nightmare? Do we have to go to the ticket window and pick up the reserved tickets in Tirano or can we get the whole shabang (if it is reserved) in Milan? Any experiences? Thank you
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Old Feb 16th, 2003, 04:45 AM
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Hello rocco,<BR><BR>Although I haven’t taken this exact train trip, I was able to find some information for you that may be helpful. <BR><BR>I checked your route at www.rail.ch (the Swiss rail webpage), and for many connections it shows a connection time of only six minutes. I think I found your connection, leaving Milan at 12.15 and arriving in Chur at 19.05, right? I clicked on “Tirano” to get some information about that station, and because the pages don’t indicate ANY platform for ANY train, I’m guessing it’s a very small station with only one or two tracks. So you should be fine with eight minutes to connect -- you’ll probably only have to get off the train and walk 10 feet or so to get to your connecting train. I think you’ll only have a problem if you have more bags than you can carry in one trip!!<BR><BR>No, you won’t have to pick up further tickets. The tickets you get in Milan should say Milan-Chur, and they will take you all the way to Chur.<BR><BR>Have a great trip!<BR><BR>s<BR>
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rocco and s, I have been to Tirano several times and I respectfully disagree with you, s. (doesn't happen that often, eh?)<BR><BR>It is not a small railway station. There are TWO railway stations in Tirano: one for the Italian (FS) and another for the Swiss (RhB) railway. These are only fifty meters or so away from each other, though. But there is also a custom check between them (you are crossing the EU - Switzerland border!). I can say I luckily never had any problem or delay with the custom, but obviously I had not a lot of luggage with me.<BR><BR>8 minutes should be enough, though. S is correct, the tickets say Milan-Chur. I don't know about the reliability of Italian trains. I would always calculate with a delay. It should be no problem to get the next train in any case.<BR><BR>Happy travels, Ingo
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rocco &amp; Ingo,<BR><BR>O thank goodness you came in, Ingo! This is another example of how much better it is to have real-live personal experience with the area! I'd hate to have rocco assuming Tirano will be a sleepy little backwater station and then get confused &amp; angry to find my guess to be wrong!<BR><BR>Sorry rocco. In any case, Ingo agrees that eight minutes should be enough. Do you feel any more comfortable about the connections now?<BR><BR>s
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I have done that trip and it is just like changing trains--except it is 2 stations. The timing is coordinated for the Benina Express trip--most of the people are in your the same boat--I doubt if they will leave without you.
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Thanks all for the advice. You have been extremely helpful. Rocco
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