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A day by train and boat, from Lake Maggiore to Lake Thun.

  • Duration:
    12 hours
  • When:
    autumn
  • Suitable for: All

An unforgettable excursion by train and boat

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Locarno - Domodossola
Panoramic trains of the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway

Sit back and relax as you discover a region packed with surprises on this slow journey. Climbing aboard our trains means enjoying a unique experience, coming into contact with a diverse landscape that features a succession of deep gorges, wild mountains, rivers and waterfalls.Unbridled nature, with characteristic little villages nestling here and there between the Centovalli and the Vigezzo Valley. A 52-km route spanning 2 countries, 83 bridges and 31 galleries in just under two hours.

Domodossola - Thun
Trenino Verde delle Alpi of BLS

Through Val Divedro the train follows the Diveria river and runs the 19.8 km of the Simplon tunnel, which has connected Italy and Switzerland since 1906. Brig, framed by the Simplon Pass to the south, the Driest and Aletsch glaciers to the north and the imposing Stockalper Castle, is a pearl waiting to be discovered. The trip aboard the Trenino Verde delle Alpi (Lötschberger) continues up the Rhone Valley, along sunny hillsides. The train passes an altitude difference of 450 m before reaching Goppenstein, the gateway to the Lötschen Valley. From Kandersteg the journey leads to Frutigen via the "north ramp" of BLS. This route has a gradient of more than 27‰. The railway crosses a 1655 m spiral tunnel, dark tunnels and spectacular viaducts. Right before entering Frutigen, the Trenino Verde delle Alpi passes over the impressive Kander viaduct, the most photographed structure on the Lötschberg line, and then runs in front of the Tellenburg. From Frutigen, the route leads to Thun.

Free visit of Thun
Free tour of Thun - Before enjoying the boat trip from Thun to Spiez, you will have time to visit the romantic town and enjoy a lunch by the lake. The small town of Thun at the western end of the lake with the same name is the gateway to the Bernese Oberland. It boasts a medieval Old Town, a mighty castle and an attractive pedestrian zone.

Thun - Spiez
Boat trip

Lake Thun is nestled in a dreamlike alpine setting and surrounded by numerous cozy villages, as well as charming towns such as Thun and Spiez. A partly subtropical vegetation thrives on the sunny southern slopes. In Spiez Bay, dominated by a beautiful castle, there are hilly vineyards.A special tourist attraction is the twelve small Romanesque churches that stand all around the lake.

Back to Locarno
The return journey begins with the Trenino Verde delle Alpi with arrival in Domodossola. Before ending the journey towards Locarno you can relax in the enchanting setting of the market square or stroll along the streets of the village.

Programme - One-day variation

TIMETABLE ROUTE
7:48 - 9:36 Locarno - Domodossola (Vigezzina-Centovalli RE 32)
9:58 - 11:58 Domodossola - Thun (Trenino Verde delle Alpi BLS RE 4256)
14:40 - 15:26 Thun - Spiez (Boat)
16:12 - 17:54 Spiez - Domodossola (Trenino Verde delle Alpi BLS RE 4177)
19:00 - 20:46 Domodossola - Locarno (Centovalli Express PE 689)

Programme - Two-day variant

OUTWARD JOURNEY Locarno - Domodossola Domodossola - Thun
1st suggestion 7:48 - 09:36

 
09:58 - 11:58
2nd suggestion 10:48 - 12:36 13:58 - 15:58
BOAT TRIP DEPARTURE FROM THUN ARRIVAL AT SPIEZ
1st suggestion 09:40 10:26
2nd suggestion 12:40 13:26
3rd suggestion 14:40 15:26
 RETURN JOURNEY Spiez- Domodossola Domodossola - Locarno
1st suggestion 12:12 - 13:54 15:25 - 17:17
2nd suggetion 16:12 - 17:54 19:00 - 20:46
3rd suggestion 17:12 - 18:54 19:00 - 20:46

Prices and purchase information

The ticket (valid for two days) is only available in second class and includes the round trip Locarno - Thun via Domodossola, with the Vigezzina - Centovalli Railway and the Green Train of the Alps, according to the official travel schedule. The ticket also includes the boat trip between Thun and Spiez. However, any panoramic supplement is not included.

Fares

  • Adults: 65 CHF
  • Children 6-16 years old: no special ticket, you can buy the 1-day travelpass for children at a cost of CHF 19
  • Children up to the age of 5 years travel for free
  • Junior Travelcard and Children’s Co-Travelcard are recognised along the entire route
  • No facilities for groups

Where to buy

  •  La Biglietteria FART in Locarno (T. +41 (0)91 7518731 - labiglietteria@centovalli.ch)
  • SBB counters throughout Switzerland
  • Online (only special ticket for adults - by selecting the Locarno - Domodossola route)
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