arth-goldau or arth-goldau rb?

Hi there, am trying to book for milan-arth-goldau train ride to get to Lucerne. On Trenitalia site, should i choose arth-goldau or arth-goldau rb? What's the difference? Thanks!

Posted by Cat
Singapore, Singapore
10 posts

Sorry another question. Am taking the rome-milan and then milan-arth-goldau route. How much transfer time should i comfortably give myself to transfer between the 2 trains at Milan? And the correct stations to board the rome and milan trains would be Roma Stazioni and Milano Stazioni? Thanks much.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2852 posts

I'll answer the easy ones. "How much transfer time should i comfortably give myself to transfer between the 2 trains at Milan?" Fifteen minutes will work well; more will allow you to use a bathroom, buy a snack, etc. Milan is a huge station, but all the trains are on one level, so if you're in a hurry, you get off the first train and head to the front, look for a board with train departures, find your second train (listed by time, then train number and final destination), and go to that track. "And the correct stations to board the rome and milan trains would be Roma Stazioni and Milano Stazioni?" No. The main station in Rome is Roma Termini, and the main station in Milan is Milano Centrale. "Stazioni" just means "station," so you need to distinguish further, as both cities have many other stations (for instance, Roma Tiburtina and Milano Porta Genova). I'm assuming that you are using the main ones, but do double check.

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
649 posts

Cat , I'm pretty certain that the station you want is arth-goldau . Arth-goldau RB is the blue cog train that comes down the back of Rigi mountain and connects to the mainline trains to Luzern at arth goldau .

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Yes, you want Arth-Goldau. I do not even see Arth-Goldau RB even offered as a choice on Trenitalia. RB is the base station for the Rad Bahn, or cogwheel train. From Rome to Milan you want Roma Termini and Milano Centrale. But if you choose Tutti i Stazione ( all stations) itwill pick the right ones for you.

Posted by Cat
Singapore, Singapore
10 posts

Hi thanks much guys for all the info!! I am trying the website again and it says NO solutions found for Milan-Arth-goldau (Rome-Milan is ok) when i thought that i saw a full list of options earlier this morning. Any idea why?

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

It looks OK to me. Choose Milano Centrale from the down menu. Make sure to spell Arth-Goldau correctly, and set the time to 09 or 10. Trenitalia defaults to local time, which may bein the middle of the nightingale Italy when you access it. So always set the time as well as the date.