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Night Train from Switzerland (Interlaken or Zurich) to Rome

Hi Can someone help us what Night Train to take from Switzerland to Rome? We have been looking upside down without satisfying result.

We are thinking of buying eurail. So is that Night Train will be covered by eurail or do we need to buy seperately?

Thanks n Regards,


Posted by
33314 posts

It is important to do research elsewhere on the Rick Steves website before asking questions of the volunteers here. This is not a flame, but I think it is important to check what the professionals have written.

Elsewhere on the Rick Steves website, Rick states:

As of Dec. 13, 2009, Geneva/Zürich–Rome night trains are no more (this leaves no Switzerland–Italy night train). Meanwhile, daytime trains on that route will pick up a little more speed. Fast trains to Italy will no longer be labled "Cisalpino" but simply as EuroCity trains.

I'm afraid that you cannot do what you had planned.

Posted by
8700 posts

While there no longer are direct night trains from Switzerland to Rome, you still can travel overnight if you're willing to make some connections.

There is a night train that leaves Milano Centrale at 23:20 and arrives at Roma Tiburtina at 07:30.

Leave Interlaken Ost at 19:01, connect in Spiez and Brig, and arrive at Milano Centrale at 22:35 in plenty of time to catch the night train.

Or leave Zuerich at 19:09 on a direct train to Milano Centrale which arrives at 22:50. It's a shorter connection, but you'll have enough time to catch the night train.

If you book well in advance (up to 90 days) on the Swiss Rail site, you can get a discount fare around 30 CHF for either Interlaken-Milano or Zuerich-Milano.

It can be difficult to impossible to book advance discount tickets on the Italian Rail site because it doesn't like certain non-Italian credit cards (US cards, for example), but there is no harm in registering on the site and seeing if you can complete the booking process. If that doesn't work, you can book the night train on the Swiss Rail site.

Posted by
4555 posts

Depends where in Switzerland you're leaving from.
No, your Eurail pass will not pay for the will have to pay a supplement, plus an additional charge if you wish proper sleeping accommodations.