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The Centovalley Train (Lake Maggiore Express)



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The Centovalley Train or Lake Maggiore Express is actually a day's round trip by narrow gauge train and ferry.


You depart Stresa on the normal train and travel as far as Domodossola where you change on to the quaint narrow gauge "Centovalley" train - one of Switzerland/Italy's most scenic journeys. The Lake Maggiore Express winds its way slowly up to reach the many bridges and viaducts that span the valleys. There are spectacular views from the train itself and you can even stop off for a short time in one of the many rustic villages that the train passes through.


The Centovalley Train takes you to Locarno which is in Switzerland at the northern tip of Lake Maggiore. You can choose to spend time in Locarno, but it is highly recommended to use your ticket to travel on to Ascona by ferry and spend your time exploring this pretty little artists town. You then catch the late afternoon ferry back to Stresa, relaxing on the outside deck as you cruise between the many lakeside towns.


Tickets & Timetables: You can purchase one ticket that covers the whole round trip by both normal train, Centovalley Train and ferry. These tickets are available at Tomassucci Travel where you can also talk with our English speaking staff about the trip and obtain a leaflet with the map of the route and exact timings. You can download the 2017 timetables as a pdf below or you can also contact us by email for timetables.


Stresa Timetables Baveno Timetables Pallanza Timetables

09/04/17 - 30/06/17

01/10/17 - 08/10/17

09/04/17 - 30/06/17

01/10/17 - 08/10/17

09/04/17 - 30/06/17

01/10/17 - 08/10/17

01/07/17 - 30/09/17

01/07/17 - 30/09/17

01/07/17 - 30/09/17

Please note that before the 9th Spril and after 8th October it is not possible to

do the full Lake Maggiore Express round trip including the ferry.

You can, however, still use the trains to travel return to Locarno from Stresa or Baveno.


Please note that tickets for individual travellers do not need to be reserved in advance. Individual travellers can purchase their tickets at our office when they arrive in Stresa. The Lake Maggiore Express does not sell out. However if you wish to buy your Lake Maggiore Express tickets before you arrive and have them delivered to your hotel then see our dedicated page. Groups please contact us for reservations. 2016 timetables are now available!


Prices: The cost of the full round trip 2017 is €34.00 for adults and €17.00 for children (4-12 years). A return journey on the "Centovalley" railway only, costs €25.00 for adults and €12.50 for children (6-16 years). The special offer 2-day ticket which includes the full round trip + a one day rover ticket on the ferries for the whole lake (for use on two consecutive days) costs €44.00 for adults and €22.00 for children (4-12 years). Tickets and information are available from our travel office in Stresa opposite the ferry station!





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