I am really needing someone to educate me on some of the train travel. As previously mentioned my family and I are flying into Switzerland and after two days heading to Italy where we have some friends. However, I notice that in Rick Steve's map from Zurich to Milan the trip is only 5 hours but when I look at the Swiss, German and I believe even the Italian the duration of the trip is upwards of 11 hours. I even look at it from Bern to Milan or Interlaken to Milan. Am I missing something? We are willing to forego Interlaken and spend some time in Appenzell if we could just get to Milan within a couple of hours. We are thinking of point-to-point tickets but now I am wondering if the trip is that long wouldn't it be wiser to buy a Eurail Pass? Any and all help is appreciated.