Cross-border tickets



The new ticket and cross-border passes permit travel between Lombardia and Canton Ticino using just one travel ticket.

Lombardia has launched its regional train (R) and suburban Trenord Trains (S).

In Canton Ticino, the same travel tickets are valid on all trains belonging to the CTA, within the zones crossed to reach the destination/departure station.


Single Ticket: This ticket is only valid for the outward journey and only on the date of travel from Italy to Switzerland. The Italian pass is based on mileage and the Swiss pass is based on the number of zones crossed during the journey. The duration of the journey is normally indicated on the ticket.

Duration of a cross-border ticket from Varese to Mendrisio:

  • Distance from Varese to Gaggiolo (Italian border) = 11km
  • Number of zones from the border to Mendrisio = 2 zones (150/140)
  • Duration of the ticket = 2 hours (11km) + 2 hours (2 zones) = 4 hours for the entire journey

Passes: Only available as a monthly pass, valid from the first day of the month if issued by Trenord, and valid for 30 days if issued by CTA. In Switzerland, it is possible to use all means of transport to/from the Arcobaleno area.


Prices & Concessions

As with validity, the prices are calculated by adding the mileage-based Trenord fares, to the number of Swiss zones crossed.

In addition to the regular tariff, there are also special discounts for children, young people and passengers with disabilities.


-On the Lombardia routes, children up to 4 years old and accompanied by an adult (over 14), do not pay;
-Children up to 6 years old who are accompanied by an adult (over 12 for up to 4 children; over 16 for up to 8 children)

Young People:
-On Lombardia routes, reduced fare for children between 4 and 14 years old.
-On Swiss routes, reduced fare for children between 6 and 16 years old.

Passengers with disabilities:
The general conditions of each respective transport service will apply.

Travellers should contact the relevant assistance services for information and announcements at least 48 hours before the time of travel.

- For the Lombardia routes, please contact Trenord on freephone 800 210 955 (only from Italy), the Contact Centre on +39 02 72 49 49 49, or by e-mail;
- For the Swiss routes, please contact FFS on freephone 0800.007.102 (only from Swii) or the black number +41 (0)


Cross-border and season tickets can be purchased at all Trenord sales points: ticket offices [no Trenitalia], online on Trenord e-Store, self-service ticket machines, authorised Trenord resale or on board the train (only valid for purchase of single tickets).

Travel tickets can also be purchased at CTA sales points.


For all details regarding validity, prices and concessions, consult the Conditions for Transport and Cross-border tariffs.


To reach Stabio and Ranzo S. Abbondio from Italian locations it is possible to purchase Lombardy tariff titles through the Trenord schedule finder engine. These titles allow only and exclusively TILO and Trenord rail services.

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