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Centovalli Railway

Via Frenzoni, 1, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
41 91 756 04 00
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Locarno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic train operates between Locarno, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy, traveling through the breathtaking "Hundred Valleys."
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Hong Kong, China
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81 reviews 81 reviews
38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I was going to make a special trip on the railway as part of my stay in Locarno but thankfully a previous reviewer had pointed out that this trip could be done as part of travel to the Bernese Oberland region, which was exactly where I was heading to after Locarno. So, I saved CHF48 per person (train and boat... More

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London, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

approx 2 hours to Locarno through valleys and peaks stopping off at lots of little stations en route the scenery is magnificent there is a loo on the train but no refreshments so stock up before boarding

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

After seeing so many outstanding views on other railways I was disappointed. There were so many trees lining the tracks that it was very difficult to get any views at all and it was a long 2 hour journey.

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The original route till the final station is long (2 hours) the views are magnificent although half way is enough. Ask for the tourist ticket it is cheaper than the regular one

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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110 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had been looking forward to this trip for a long time and were not disappointed. It exceeded our expectations, offering some beautiful views of the Piedmont countryside and that of Ticino. In the same day we travelled from Domodossola to Locarno and back, as part of the SBB RailAway "Cardada/Cimetta" special offer (which also included the Madonna del Sasso... More

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Lonate Pozzolo
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

When you take a one-day ticket for the round trip Locarno - Domodossola (by train) - Stresa (by train) - Locarno (by boat - with possibility of stops on various islands incl. Isola Bella) one may benefit of a reduced price for parking on the parking lot close to the station. It is not publicized anywhere. One has to go... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Starting underground the train travels beneath Locarno before busting into the sunshine and following the course of the river up into the mountains. It can be hard to appreciate the view in places as the track side trees have reached dense proportions. We only went as far as the border, a charming little village but at a slight distance from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Even on a rainy day at Lago Maggiore this proved a great day out. Either start from Locarno in Switzerland to Domodossola or like us start in Domodossola and travel to Locarno, in both cases return to your starting point by boat on the lake. Mountain villages completely unseen by normal road, high peaks with refuges, waterfalls and sheer drops... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Picturesque Swiss and Italian towns, snow capped mountains, waterfalls. This is an amazing train ride. This ride is must if you are going to Europe.

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We took this trip as part of the Lake Maggiore Express package. We first had to travel to Domodossola on an Italian train that some vandals had spray-painted so that we could not see out of the windows. It was, therefore, a breath of fresh air to get onto the Swiss Centovalli train. It was much larger than it appears... More

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