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Transportation to Milan question

I'm needing to go to Milan later this week.
I'm looking at either
1) Driving my own car (4hrs) Cost is: Gas, my effort, wear and tear on car
2) Taking the train (3:30hrs) Cost is: ~180chf
3) Taking the Bus (4hrs) Cost is: ~60chf
4) Flights - they seem to be expensive (based on my searching)

What would you recommend?
Has anyone taken the Bus before - would you recommend it?
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Old 09.07.2018, 15:55
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Re: Transportation to Milan question

The bus if money is an issue.
The car if you want to bring back a lot of shopping.
The train if money and shopping is no issue.
I never fly if it is just a few hours of travel, and personally I absolutely hate long bus drives, train is o.k. to me for such.
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Old 09.07.2018, 15:57
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Re: Transportation to Milan question

Train.

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Re: Transportation to Milan question

Never fly to Milan. No flights to the close in airport (Linate) and to get from Malpensa to Milan you need a bus, or a bus and train.)

You can get a Supersaver ticket Zürich Chiasso on some trains for f16.50 one way later in the week. Add a Chiasso - Milan ticket and you likely halve (at least) the cost. Pick the right trains as you actually have to travel via Chiasso. (You don’t have to get off or spend anytime there but the train needs to stop there). You have to travel on the specific trains.

Edited to add: This price was with Demi-tariff. Double it if you don’t have one.

2nd edit. This site gives Chiasso - Milan Centrale tickets for less than 10€ one way. https://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

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Re: Transportation to Milan question

I went on the bus from ZH on Jan 1st, it was actually faster than the train (ok, not much traffic that morning), a lot cheaper (I think it was 20.00 or 25.00 each way) and actually more comfortable than the train - more leg room etc.
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I'm needing to go to Milan later this week.
I'm looking at either
1) Driving my own car (4hrs) Cost is: Gas, my effort, wear and tear on car
2) Taking the train (3:30hrs) Cost is: ~180chf
3) Taking the Bus (4hrs) Cost is: ~60chf
4) Flights - they seem to be expensive (based on my searching)

What would you recommend?
Has anyone taken the Bus before - would you recommend it?
If there isn't a heavy traffic on the Gotthard, driving down is not bad, apart from the tolls in Italy. It will give more freedom.

The train is the most convenient and confortable.

The bus can stink (for real).

Have you considered Blablacar too?
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Never fly to Milan. No flights to the close in airport (Linate) and to get from Malpensa to Milan you need a bus, or a bus and train.)

You can get a Supersaver ticket Zürich Chiasso on some trains for f16.50 one way later in the week. Add a Chiasso - Milan ticket and you likely halve (at least) the cost. Pick the right trains as you actually have to travel via Chiasso. (You don’t have to get off or spend anytime there but the train needs to stop there). You have to travel on the specific trains.

Edited to add: This price was with Demi-tariff. Double it if you don’t have one.

2nd edit. This site gives Chiasso - Milan Centrale tickets for less than 10€ one way. https://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
Good times when there was the Swiss jumbolino from Zürich to Linate.
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Never fly to Milan. No flights to the close in airport (Linate) and to get from Malpensa to Milan you need a bus, or a bus and train.)

You can get a Supersaver ticket Zürich Chiasso on some trains for f16.50 one way later in the week. Add a Chiasso - Milan ticket and you likely halve (at least) the cost. Pick the right trains as you actually have to travel via Chiasso. (You don’t have to get off or spend anytime there but the train needs to stop there). You have to travel on the specific trains.

Edited to add: This price was with Demi-tariff. Double it if you don’t have one.

2nd edit. This site gives Chiasso - Milan Centrale tickets for less than 10€ one way. https://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
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THanks for this info, however I'm new to this and can't figure out how to do this. Are you using the SBB site to go from Zurich to Chiasso then the site you mention from Chiasso to Milan?
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THanks for this info, however I'm new to this and can't figure out how to do this. Are you using the SBB site to go from Zurich to Chiasso then the site you mention from Chiasso to Milan?
I use the CFF App, but the website is probably the same. Do a search for Zürich Chiasso (or Lugano). On the Schedule display you will see a list of trains. If you see a % symbol in the upper left hand corner that means there are Super Saver tickets available. Select it and in the right column it will show you the train routing and at the bottom it will say at the bottom “tickets from CHF xxx.” Before buying your Supersaver go to the Italian train site and find a connecting service from Chiasso or Lugano. It could be the same train, but not necessarily so. Decide if you like the connection and buy your tickets. Repeat for the return. SuperSavers are not available on all trains and you need to get them at least a few days in advance. They are non refundable so be careful.
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Re: Transportation to Milan question

Walk, it will do you good
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Re: Transportation to Milan question

With half tax train is 120 CHF from Zürich return
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With half tax train is 120 CHF from Zürich return
Was just about to say - it should be able to take the train for much lower than listed in 1st post; given supersaver, splitting the CH-IT portions etc.
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Was just about to say - it should be able to take the train for much lower than listed in 1st post; given supersaver, splitting the CH-IT portions etc.
Yes but not everyone has half tax.
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Yes but not everyone has half tax.
Still, supersaver tickets are independent of halbtax (even though more pricey than with it)
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Still, supersaver tickets are independent of halbtax (even though more pricey than with it)
You won't find supersaver tickets for Zürich to Milan
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You won't find supersaver tickets for Zürich to Milan
A) Yes you will: https://www.sbb.ch/ticketshop/b2c/pipSchritt_0.do (or Abos & Billette > Sparbillette International)
B) Read the posts a bit more carefully - he can also search for the ticket until the border (Chiasso I believe?) and then buy separately to Milano
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In any case turns out less than in OP.
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A) Yes you will: https://www.sbb.ch/ticketshop/b2c/pipSchritt_0.do (or Abos & Billette > Sparbillette International)
B) Read the posts a bit more carefully - he can also search for the ticket until the border (Chiasso I believe?) and then buy separately to Milano


In any case turns out less than in OP.
The prices are based on half tax
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The prices are based on half tax
Nope you are wrong, don't be so obstinate (or should we invent a new term for you - "omtatsate" ).

Normal price w/ Halbtax is 60 (pic 1);
and the 47 one does not entail the person having one (pic 2).
https://imgur.com/JZngTgw
https://imgur.com/hWAHkzv

*ignore the different dates, was doing it at two separate runs


Point is: No, international Spar-tickets are NOT Halbtax-dependent.
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Point is: No, international Spar-tickets are NOT Halbtax-dependent.
Quite true, as I have used them, and my daughter used one today, and we don't have HalbTax cards.

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Nope you are wrong, don't be so obstinate (or should we invent a new term for you - "omtatsate" ).

Normal price w/ Halbtax is 60 (pic 1);
and the 47 one does not entail the person having one (pic 2).
https://imgur.com/JZngTgw
https://imgur.com/hWAHkzv

*ignore the different dates, was doing it at two separate runs


Point is: No, international Spar-tickets are NOT Halbtax-dependent.
Yes you are correct . Sorry
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