Centovalli Line Scenic Rail Journey

An unforgettable journey through the Centovalli and the Valle Vigezzo

Ruinacci Viaduct near Camedo on the Centovalli Line
Village in the Centovalli region
Viaduct at Intragna - Centovalli Line
From Locarno to Domodossola connecting with Brig, Montreux and the Bernese Oberland

The Centovalli Train departs Locarno from an underground section before rising up on the outskirts of Locarno for an incredible journey along the Centovalli (hundred valleys) via the high point at Santa Maria Maggiore over the Italian border and along the Valle Vigezzo to Domodossola and is interestingly the most direct connection between the rail lines of the Gotthard and Simplon passes. It forms part of an attractive route between Lake Maggiore, the French part of Switzerland, and the Swiss capital Bern.

The journey takes just under 2 hours past breathtaking gorges with crashing waterfalls, over spectacular bridges and passing through delightful villages. Vineyards also line the route, which vary in style from the manicured vine hedges of the Swiss to the somewhat ramshackle family vineyards over the border in Italy. The finale of the journey offers spectacular views of the descent to Domodossola where the track winds down over 250m. 

This journey is a delight and can be taken from Locarno as a return day trip or as part of the Lake Maggiore Express day trip. It can also be used as a connection for a two or multi centre holiday, combining the Ticino resorts of Locarno and Ascona with Montreux on Lake Geneva, or on to Spiez and Thun in the Bernese Oberland with the Lötschberg Regio Express, or even to the Graubünden mountain resorts with the Glacier Express.

Make your holiday one to remember with a journey on the Centovalli Line

Speak to our team today to find out how you can combine your holiday with a breathtaking ride on the renowned Centovalli Line

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Centovalli Line suggested holidays 2024

Holidays can also be enjoyed in reverse order

Our suggested two and multi centre itineraries can be changed to fit your requirements with higher grade hotels and upgraded rooms. Other route combinations are also available. Call us on 0800 619 1200.

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Centovalli Line details

The Centovalli Line operates hourly services per day, throughout the year. The journey time between Locarno and Domodossola is around 2 hours.

The Centovalli Line trains are run on smaller one metre gauge tracks with standard rolling stock, although a limited number of trains do feature panoramic windows. 

You can connect via your phone to a free audio guide, describing the features of the landscape and points of interest during the journey.

Centovalli Line prices

We will include the cost of the Centovalli Line in your tailor-made holiday quotation. Seat reservations are not possible. A small fee of 2 Sfr per person is payable on the train.

Historic Carriages

2023 was the centenary year for the Centovalli Line.

On selected dates during the summer season, you can enjoy a trip on the Centovalli line aboard one of the historic carriages, dating from 1923! The trains run between Locarno and Camedo and will need to be pre-booked locally. Dates are to be confirmed. 

Connecting with other scenic rail journeys

We can create a multi-centre scenic rail holiday which combines the Centovalli Line with other famous trains. 

From Locarno: travel on Treno Gottardo to Lucerne

From Brig: travel on the Glacier Express to St. Moritz or Lötschberg Regio Express to Spiez/Interlaken

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Speak to our team today to find out more!

Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Viaduct at Intragna - Centovalli Line

Centovalli Line route

Route of the Centovalli Line

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Centovalli Line video

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