Recently, my husband and I traveled from Zürich to Milan in Italy. After considering our travel options, we decided to go by train. We found that there are more advantages to traveling this route by train than by air or car.
Zürich to Milan by train
Our favorite! One gets to enjoy the scenery, relax in the diner, or engage in conversation with fellow travelers. The landscape and architecture change from region to region. This train ride takes three-and-a-half hours. We made a seat reservation in advance as this route is highly frequented. Also, we allowed ourselves the comfort of first class.
It took seventeen years to complete the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) which provides reliable and fast north-south connection through the Gotthard. Trains depart every half an hour. The GBT is 57 kilometers long and is conquered in only twenty minutes. It is the longest railway tunnel in the world! We were so excited to make this our experience.
Over on-board monitors, tourist videos of Switzerland were displayed together with the current speed of the train.
The maximum speed is 248 km/h. I observed that our ride in the tunnel varied from an entrance speed of 127 km/h to a travel speed of 199 km/h. Spectacular and effortless; smooth without any sway, – just rocketing straight ahead!
We arrived in Milan relaxed and in high spirits. Ready for discovery!