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Couple travelling from Italy to Paris

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Couple travelling from Italy to Paris

We are a couple travelling from Milan through to Paris and thought we would stop 1 or 2 nights in Zurich on route. Firstly..... Which side of the train is the best vantage point ( Left or Right ) to capture the stunning views of the Swiss Alps....... Secondly.... Instead of Zurich should we stop somewhere else instead.... Thirdly .... is there really a difference between 1st and 2nd Class on the Trenitalia ??

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1. Re: Couple travelling from Italy to Paris

From your comment wishing to see " stunning views of the Swiss Alps....

if you have time and want to see some truly amazing scenery along the way through the Alps, you might want to look into the Bernina "Express". It requires 3 trains: Milan to Tirano ; Tirano - Chur (this is the Bernina Express part, then Chur to Zurich.

There are lots of posts on this forum, or just google Bernina Express or go to youtube to view some videos. It's not complicated. You can easily buy tickets online and select your seats. Additionally once you arrive in Tirano (from Milan) the train stations are literally steps away from each other. We took an earlier train to Tirano, just to enjoy the local scenery, have lunch and then board the Bernina Express. Just to be clear "express" is ironic, it's a slow wonderful journey.

We did this in June it was the highlight of our trip.

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2. Re: Couple travelling from Italy to Paris

If you take the EC train from Milan to Zürich you will be on the new Gotthard line which involves a 57km long tunnel through the alps. No views from the tunnel. The suggestion of going via Tirano and the Bernina line is not a bad one - you could even work in the Bernina Express which leaves Tirano around 1400 daily for St Moritz and connect there for Chur and Zürich. That line is probably the most scenic of any train line in the country.

www.berninaexpress.ch

You could break your journey in the St Moritz area - Pontresina or Samedan for example - and continue to Paris via Chur and Zürich the next day.

www.engadinstmoritz.ch

On Trenitalia like all other railway lines here in Europe 2nd class is more crowded, seats are narrower and there are more seats per row. 1st class is quieter, far less crowded and usually has 3 seats per row - seat/aisle/2 seats. Funnily enough whether you go 1st or 2nd you arrive at the same time (!!) but the journey will be more pleasant - and more expensive - in 1st.

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3. Re: Couple travelling from Italy to Paris

"That line is probably the most scenic of any train line in the country"

You are being way too modest. The Bernina Express is likely most scenic train journey in the world (or at least among them).

If this is a one time experience - going from Milan to Zurich - or Zurich - Milan, take the Bernina Express. It will be an unforgettable journey.

Alternatively, if the objective is the fastest train to Zurich and not caring about not seeing anything and spending most of the journey in a tunnel- take the EC train.

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4. Re: Couple travelling from Italy to Paris

Thanks - this has answered everything for us !!!

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