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Best way Switzerland to rome

Hello fellow travelers,
We will be in St. Moritz and need a flight from there to Rome..
What is the closest and easiest airport to do that from?
Thanks

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Zurich is your only real option. It is 3 1/2 hours by train, but is a scenic 3 1/2 hours, or at least 3 hours of that.

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Thanks... do you know if it’s non stop train or do we need to switch in other stations? 🤔🤦🏻‍♀️

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Need to change. The tracks in the St Moritz region, Graubunden, are all narrow gauge. So you have to change trains in Chur as well as Zurich main station.

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St Moritz to Zürich airport: You will need to change at Chur and Zürich HB (central station).
Don't fret about changing trains. That's the way trains work, an interlocking system. It is all timed to connect and signposted.

You can look this all up on the SBB (Swiss Railways) website: https://www.sbb.ch/en
Enter St. Moritz to Zürich Flughafen (the station at the airport), and your desired date and time, and it will show all the options.
One departure per hour, takes 3½ to 4 hours.

Alitalia and Swiss fly Zürich to Rome–Fiumicino.

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You can take a train from St. Moritz to Chur and transfer to Zurich's airport (www,bahn.com). Check Skyscanner for flights.

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When you search the route at www.sbb.ch/en, you will see a list of departure times. Some of the departures change at Chur, and some change at Landquart. Pick one of the departures that change at Chur, even though it may take another 10 or 15 minutes to get to Zurich airport. First, that way goes on the famous Albula rail line that makes a number of loops and spiral tunnels as it descends the Alps. Also, it goes over the famous Landwasser Viaduct that I'm sure you've seen on all the Swiss travel posters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landwasser_Viaduct. Second, when you click on the detail of the route, it will show you arriving at Chur on Track 10 and changing to a train on Track 9. That means they will be on the same platform, so you exit one train and walk 20 feet or so across the platform and get on the other train.

You won't be that lucky at Zurich Hbf (main station), but you will not have to go up or down any stairs (unless you want to). Just walk to the end of the platform, then walk to your new track, then out to one of the carriages and get on. There are trains going to Zurich Airport from the Hbf continuously. If you miss one, just get the next one.

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Or consider taking the train from St. Moritz to Rome. Doesn't take much longer than flying but I found it less stressful. I avoid airports whenever I can.

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The train can be done with only two changes ( Tirano, MIlan), but it does take a bit longer (8.5 hours).
Plane would be around7 by the time you add security time at Zurich airport and transfer time from the Rome airport into the city.

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thanks all..
Lola, 2 changes in total on train from st. Moritz to Rome???? that sounds easier than trying to get up to Zurich to catch a flight!! a bit longer but maybe easier/!?!?

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I think that is a conclusion we came to in your other thread.

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Train all the way to Rome is definitely easier and less stressful. The two transfers are really easy, 100m walk between adjacent stations in Tirano and step-free walk across the concourse of Milano Centrale in Milan
Flying from Zürich would save you less than 2 hours, and probably cost you more because the St Moritz-Zürich airport fare is quite expensive (Swiss train fares generally are, and with your plan you're not travelling enough in that country to justify buying any sort of pass).

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I also agree that taking the train from St. Moritz to Roma makes more sense when you consider everything involved at both ends to get to/from the nearest airport.

The first 3h30 of the trip straight to Italy are very scenic.

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We just did the train from St. Moritz to Milan Centrale last week - 4 adults and 2 kids plus luggage, super easy and a beautiful trip. I would imagine you can then go from Milan Centrale to Rome. The hardest part for us was dealing with the luggage, we didn't book first class for the Bernina so my husband had to lift our bags to the overhead bin. Then the same we took a regional train from Tirano to Milan and the same over head storage. Thankfully he had no problems lifting the bags.

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ok great to hear. Many thanks. there is so much to consider but this makes the most sense--even if we lose a couple of hours, it will be a pretty train ride and stress free not having to deal with airports, security etc.
Mille grazie to all for the helpful information!!
Now, who wants to find my lodging? hahahahahhaha ...joke :) ( that is the FUN part)

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we didn't book first class for the Bernina so my husband had to lift our bags to the overhead bin.

The same would apply in 1st class. Luggage is totally "DIY" on all trains, 1st and 2nd class.

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Thanks Chris.. that Bernina Train only travels through Switzerland correct ( not Italia?)
If we want first class is it something we would have to book far in Advance??
Many thanks

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that Bernina Train only travels through Switzerland correct ( not Italia?)

As they say here "Jein" (sort of). The Bernina route (along which the Bernina Express and many other trains run) is Chur - Tirano, passing near St. Moritz. Most is in Switzerland, but Tirano, and the last 3 Km are in Italy.
From Tirano you can take an Italian train, via Milan, to anywhere in Italy.
From Chur you can take a Swiss train to anywhere in Switzerland (or Austria, Germany etc.)

If we want first class is it something we would have to book far in Advance??

You don't have to book trains in Switzerland, 1st or 2nd class. You buy a ticket from A to B. Normal tickets (and passes) are valid on any train on that route. "Supersaver" advance tickets are only valid on the train listed on the tickets.
If you want to travel on the specific "Bernina Express" tourist train, you can book a reserved seat, so you know where you are going to sit in advance. You can do this whether your ticket is 1st or 2nd class, and you get assigned a 1st or 2nd class seat.

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Regarding hotels: if you can afford the hotel in Muottas Muragl AND do not have any health issues that might make sleeping at 8'800 ft elevation a bad call, it is a really nice treat. Was there for 3 nights in late January, among the best $1,000 (incl breakfast and dinner for 2) I ever spent. This said, It's not open year-round and I don't know your dates, and the location at the top of a mountain make excursions difficult. More of a contemplation place, plus good hiking base.
Sorry for veering off topic.

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Wow!! Don’t apologize! I greatly appreciate any and all suggestions!! Thank you so very much for the information! Sounds awesome