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Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway

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Address: Via Mizzoccola, 9, 28845 Domodossola, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0324 242055
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Scenic train operates between Locarno, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy,...

Scenic train operates between Locarno, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy, traveling through the breathtaking "Centovalli".

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Be ready for 'extra charge"!

Lovely views from the train. Would have given this a 5 star rating but for the 1.50 CHF extra charge. Tickets cost 25 CHF each for a return journey...no problem and we paid with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
martdoch
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We caught the train in an underground station in Locarno and made our way to the terminus at Domodossola. The train climbs out of Locarno up into the mountains passing through pretty villages and fantastic scenery, vast gorges and lovely alpine meadows. It stops at lots of stations on the way. It climbs up to 800 metres at S. Maria... More 

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The hague
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you dont feel for driving or just for a day want to look around yourself, this is a nice experience. Domodosolla and locarno are both towns not more than average, although lago maggiore compensates a bit for locarno . Take your own drinks and food as there is no catering in the train.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely views from the train. Would have given this a 5 star rating but for the 1.50 CHF extra charge. Tickets cost 25 CHF each for a return journey...no problem and we paid with a credit card. The ticket office told us what time the train was, so knew which train we were using so why the supplement on the... More 

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FerroviaVigezzina, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway, responded to this review

Dear Sirs, thank you for your review. We are sorry about the problem, but the extra charge is required as part of the fare when travelling on a "Panoramico" train and it must be paid in cash equivalence of departure. Hope to welcoming you on board again. Kind regards More 

london
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122 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a trip we looked forward to but we were bitterly disappointed.It was sold as a panoramic train and boat trip,we were unable to get on panoramic train and were directed onto a second train with no panoramic windows and no air con and it stopped at every station.The return boat trip was a complete disaster,unfortunately the boat broke... More 

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FerroviaVigezzina, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway, responded to this review

Dear Sirs, thank you for your comment. In our timetable we have two panoramic trains scheduled from Domodossola, one at 10.25 and one at 11.25. Sometimes seats on the panoramic trains aren't enough. That explaines the need to add an extra train leaving 5 minutes after, although not panoramic, to guarantee seats for all passengers. We understand the problem with... More 

Terra Ceia, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were traveling from Zermat to Ascona and we had to take this train in Domodossola. We definitely noticed a difference in service when we received an announcement the we would be charged an extra 1.5 CHF because the train apparently had big windows(our car did not). That was the only announcement in English and the ticket checkers spoke none.... More 

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FerroviaVigezzina, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway, responded to this review

Dera Michael, we're really sorry for your experience. We will take appropriate actions, but we kindly ask you to send us an e-mail (vigeinfo@tin.it) in which you can write us the day of your trip and - if possible - also the train you took in that day. At your disposal for any further information, we apologize for the incovenience... More 

Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Centovalli train from Locarno to Domodossola. The journey is unhurried and takes about 90 minutes as you climb up, through the alps and down to Domodossola. You get great views of the mountains, valleys and small waterfalls from the big train windows. The highest point is around Santa Maria Maggiore station which has a nice church and... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was on a tour of Italian Lakes and this was included as one of the excursions. I was hoping this would be the highlight of my visit and wasn't disappointed. We travelled on the Panoramico coaches which had windows almost up to ceiling. The only disappointment was that the seating was very cramped with pairs of seats facing each... More 

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Central Florida
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123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We had done this before with other famous Swiss trains and I should of remembered to do it again. Instead, we took the "Panoramic Train". It was too crowded and there was no way to take pictures while surrounded by the glass. This type of train experience is just not for us. We would choose the slower, local train instead.... More 

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São Miguel do Oeste
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212 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

The Vigezzina-Centovalli railway is a nice and quiet day trip! It takes about 1hour and 50minutes from Domodossola (Italy) to Locarno (Switzerland) and the ride goes through the country side in small villages. The train is comfortable and there's a small onboard service with some snacks and beverages (sold apart from the ticket). When you buy the tickets you can... More 

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Thank Gustavo P
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We travelled on this train on a very cloudy day. The clouds were fairly high over the mountains so we could still see what was underneath. The trip was gentle and scenic enough given the cloud cover. We saw Locarno in the rain but the funicular railway was still worth a trip and the church at the top was quite... More 

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