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Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway

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Address: Via Mizzoccola 9, 28845 Domodossola, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0324 242055
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Scenic train operates between Locarno,Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy,...

Scenic train operates between Locarno,Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy, traveling through the breathtaking "Centovalli".

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Exactly what it says on the tin

From Domodossola to Locarno you get a very steep ride up to Locarno with some spectacular scenery. Not much to do in Locarno so it is probably only recommended if you are into... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
York, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I travelled from Domodossola through to Locarno en route to Zurich. This section of that journey was by far the most scenic. I was using the line as a means to getting to a destination, but the beautiful scenery of this line makes an out and back trip well worth undertaking.

Thank AlbertfromCroydon
Zug, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I was very disappointed in this experience. There are so many spectacular train rides in the area. This route from Domodossola to Locarno had only about 20 minutes worth of beautiful scenery. It was relaxing , compared to the alternate route via Bern for my return to Zug, but that's about all I can say for it. I will add... More 

Thank mombatDallas
Worthing, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Did four different train trips on this holiday in Switzerland and by a country mile this was the most disappointing. I've been travelling by train for many years and I can't remember a more uncomfortable train trip which ended up with me standing up for the last hour of the trip. The seats in our carriage were hard and cramped... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

From Domodossola to Locarno you get a very steep ride up to Locarno with some spectacular scenery. Not much to do in Locarno so it is probably only recommended if you are into unusual railways and mountains.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We travelled one-way from Domodossola to Locarno and were soon impressed as the train made its way up very steep climbs, using hairpin bends to gain height in similar ways to the front range of the Rocky Mountains USA. The free leaflet was incredibly useful for following our location and tracking the elevations as we made our way up and... More 

1 Thank DavidFOSH
Crans-Montana, Switzerland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Where do I start? Firstly, I was told when I arrived at the Domodossola station that there were strikes and they had no idea when I could get back home. Then they let me but a ticket for 3 hours later and said that they may decide later not to run the train. I also asked several staff members for... More 

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FerroviaVigezzina, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway, responded to this review

Dear dairyfreefoodie, we think that your "afwul experiences" are due to Trenitania National Railway Service and not to our Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway. If so, we're really sorry for this, but please send your complaint to them. At your disposal for any further information via e-mail to info@vigezzinacentovalli.com. Thanks and kind regards More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A laborious train journey to Locarno that was slow and not particularly interesting. We came back on the train which added to the pain. Some views were interesting but really not worth the cost. Added confusion about paying extra for the privilege. They ought to sort this out as it said on the ticket this cost was included.

Thank Paul S
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We took the slow train to Locarno in order to enjoy the views which was very pleasant, however not much leg room for passengers. Not exactly the trip of a lifetime or "must do" described by some correspondents, but enjoyably enough, Not sure what was meant by "panorama" as the only seats where a "panorama" was almost available were front... More 

Thank John N
Nimes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent day trip to Switzerland and back, take a picnic to eat beside the lake, or treat yourself to a restaurant meal ...... expensive, don't forget this is Switzerland!! Fantastic scenery from the train, just soooo beautiful. A wonderful day out.

Thank Nicole H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We like train travel, so made sure to include the Hundred Valleys two hour trip. We took a fast train from Luzern to Locarno, then caught the FART Centivalli train to Domodorssola. You go down one level from where you arrive at an open air platform at Locarno, to a subway type system to get the Centovalli train. Look for... More 

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