About Centovalli Line day trip
Available: all year round.
Swiss Travel Pass: FREE
Ticino Ticket: FREE as far as the Italian border
Half Fare Card: 2nd class return to Domodossola: £45 (pre-book before you travel)
A small fee of 2 Sfr per person is payable on the train
The Centovalli Train departs from Locarno and takes an incredible 2 hour journey along the Centovalli (hundred valleys) region. It travels via the high point at Santa Maria Maggiore over the Italian border and along the Valle Vigezzo to Domodossola.
Centovalli region to the Italian border
The train leaves Locarno from an underground station and rises to the start of some lovely scenery. Soon you have left the bustle of the resort behind and entered the lush region known as the Hundred Valleys.
The train calls at 12 little towns and villages - you could alight at any and take a walk along the 160km of prepared trails in the very pretty countryside, or simply stop for a delicious lunch in an authentic grotto.
You'll cross the border into Italy and experience the beautiful natural scenery of the Vigezzo Valley, known for its rugged, more mountainous landscape. The valley is also an access point to Val Grande National Park, an ideal destination for hikers. The train calls at another dozen villages which you can explore. Try Santa Maria Maggiore for historical charm, great food and frescos of the Rossetti Valentini School of Fine Arts.
The little train travels into the Val d'Ossola, with more scenic view to enjoy and terminates in Domodossola. The town has a restored historical centre including the Piazza Mercato with its 15th century arcades and impressive merchant houses. Visit on a Saturday for the renowned weekly market and enjoy a look around before your return journey.
You can join the Centovalli Line at Locarno. There are good connections to Locarno from Ascona and Bellinzona.
Please note that you will need your passport for the crossing into Italy.