Railway adventures

By train through magical autumn forests

Take it easy and enjoy the autumnal mood as you travel on the “Treno del Foliage” through the stunning colours of the autumn forests.

On this route of the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway, you’ll experience a truly golden autumn with an explosion of colour. The enchanted landscape between Domodossola and Locarno is well worth the trip. So why not experience how the region changes in autumn? The forests glow in warm tones and are a wonderful sight to behold.

The trains are equipped with large windows that allow a magnificent view of the majestic panorama.

The railway line

The Vigezzina-Centovalli railway is a panoramic, almost 100-year-old narrow-gauge railway that connects Domodossola with Locarno. The line is 52 kilometres long and passes over 83 bridges and through 31 tunnels and is today one of the most important attractions of the Ossola Valley. Immersed in the authentic nature, it offers passengers a slow and exciting journey between Valle Vigezzo and Centovalli, between Italy and Switzerland.

A stopover at one of the 32 stations allows you to visit one of the historical villages, take a walk through the wonderful landscape or enjoy the authentic cuisine in a typical osteria.

Domodossola

Domodossola is the starting point of your trip and a town with medieval charm. It lies at the foot of the Ossola Valley, through which the Toce River flows and enchants with romantic squares and narrow streets. Enjoy a cappuccino in the piazza before continuing your journey on the Vigezzina-Centovall railway or visit the weekly market on Saturday.

Santa Maria Maggiore

A charming village with an enchanting centre, a piazza and streets with colourful house facades. The small village houses three very interesting museums dedicated to local history and ancient traditions. The Chimney Sweep Museum, the Casa del Profumo (House of Perfume) and the Pinacoteca of the Scuola di Belle Arti Rossetti Valentini.

Re

The village of Re is famous for the impressive sanctuary of the Madonna del Sangue, which towers high above the plain. Legend has it that in 1494 a small fresco of the "Madonna del latte" was hit by a stone and began to bleed. This led to the veneration of the wounded Madonna, whose effigy is now in the Cathedral of Santa Croce.

Intragna

Intragna, the gateway to Centovalli, is a small Ticino village with narrow streets, typical stone houses and historic palazzi. Its bell tower, which belongs to the church of San Gottardo, is 65 metres high and is the highest in the whole canton. Those who climb the 165 steps are rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view of the Centovalli, Terre di Pedemonte and the Onsernone Valley. 

Locarno

Here your journey with the Vigezzina-Centovalli railway ends. Locarno, the film city on Lake Maggiore offers experiences for every taste. Interesting museums and quiet parks await you here. Surrounded by mountains, the beautiful town offers breathtaking views at any time of day.

Availability

From 11th September to 6th November 2022

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Special ticket of the Foliage Train (Domodossola–Locarno retour)

  • CHF 45.00 Adults 2nd class Mon–Fri
  • CHF 49.00 Adults 1st class Sat–Sun
  • CHF 35.00 Adults 2nd class Mon–Fri
  • CHF 39.00 Adults 2nd class Sat–Sun
  • 1/2 price Children aged 6–15.99

 

Information about the special ticket 

  • the ticket is valid for two days
  • includes one outward and one return trip on the entire line
  • offers the possibility to make an intermediate stop (on the outward or on the return), to allow you to visit even one of the picturesque villages that dot the railway route.
    includes seat reservation (mandatory)
  • includes the panoramic supplement
  • children under 6 years travel for free 

Are you in possession of a GA travelcard or a day pass? The tickets are valid for the Domodossola-Locarno route (outward and return journey). In this case, we recommend that you only reserve a seat (CHF 5.00 or 6.00) at a BLS Travel Centre.

Prices per person in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and offers subject to alteration.

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