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There are 5 ways to get from Locarno to Alba by train, bus or car

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Train  •  5h 14m

  1. Take the train from Locarno to Milano Centrale Re
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa Fr / ...
  3. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Alba Re

€50 - €129

Cheapest option

Train via Alessandria  •  6h 35m

  1. Take the train from Locarno to Milano Centrale Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Alessandria Re13

€48 - €118

3 alternative options

Train via Turin  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Locarno to Milano Centrale Re
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale Station to Torino Porta Susa
  3. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Alba Re

€55 - €119

Bus  •  8h 26m

  1. Take the bus from Lugano Piazzale Besso to Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1
  2. Take the bus from Malpensa Airport - Terminal 1 to Torino Corso Giulio Cesare
  3. Take the bus from Fermata 49 - CARDUCCI CAP to Fermata 17659 - ALBA 014

€59 - €94

Drive  •  2h 36m

  1. Drive from Locarno to Alba 232.5 km

€28 - €45

Locarno to Alba by train

The train journey time between Locarno and Alba is around 6h 20m and covers a distance of around 319 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 28m. Services are operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Trenitalia Frecce, Trenitalia and others. Typically 54 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 20m
Fastest train time:
5h 28m
Train distance:
319 km
Trains per week:
54
Cheapest price:
€50
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:25
Last train departs at:
19:25

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Locarno to Alba train schedules

Switzerland → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United States
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area, Canada, Japan and United States
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

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Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Alba is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Alba is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Alba is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Italy.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Locarno to Alba is to drive which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 2h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Locarno to Alba is to drive which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 2h 36m.

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No, there is no direct train from Locarno to Alba. However, there are services departing from Locarno and arriving at Alba via Milano Centrale and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 14m.

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The distance between Locarno and Alba is 174 km. The road distance is 232.5 km.

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The best way to get from Locarno to Alba without a car is to train which takes 5h 14m and costs SFr 55 - SFr 150.

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It takes approximately 5h 14m to get from Locarno to Alba, including transfers.

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Locarno to Alba train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Locarno station.

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The best way to get from Locarno to Alba is to train which takes 5h 14m and costs SFr 55 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 65 - SFr 110 and takes 8h 26m.

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Locarno to Alba train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Alba station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Locarno to Alba is 233 km. It takes approximately 2h 36m to drive from Locarno to Alba.

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Map of how to get from Locarno to Alba.
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  • Distance: 174.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 14m

What companies run services between Locarno, Switzerland and Alba, Piemonte, Italy?

You can take a train from Locarno to Alba via Milano Centrale and Torino Porta Susa in around 5h 14m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Locarno to Alba via Lugano, Lugano Piazzale Besso, Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1, Malpensa Airport - Terminal 1, Torino Corso Giulio Cesare, Fermata 5007 - LAURO ROSSI EST, Fermata 739 - CARDUCCI, and Fermata 49 - CARDUCCI CAP in around 8h 26m.

Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Locarno to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €19
Base Standard
€30 - €40
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €20
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€18 - €20
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Alba
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €11
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€9 - €11
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€9 - €14
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€9 - €14
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€16 - €23
Smart Low Cost
€14 - €20
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Milano Centrale to Alessandria
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Trenord
Bus operators
Giosy Tours
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Lugano Piazzale Besso to Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€25 - €40
Website
Giosy Tours
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Malpensa Airport - Terminal 1 to Torino Corso Giulio Cesare
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€17 - €23
Website
Autostradale
Website
Autostradale

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