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Taking the train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione in 6 hours 58 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione? We’ve got you covered.

It usually takes around 10 hours 57 minutes to travel the 202 miles (325 km) from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione by train, although you can get there in as little as 6 hours 58 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 14 trains per day running on this route. You’ll need to make 2 changes along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either Frecciarossa, Trenitalia or DB. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione are usually cheaper when you book in advance compared to buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione by train

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station

Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione

Journey time

From 6h 58m


202 miles (325 km)


14 trains per day


2 changes

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, ÖBB, SBB CFF FFS, Trenord, Westbahn

Deutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, ÖBB and SBB trains from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione

You can travel from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione on Deutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, ÖBB and SBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Frecciarossa, Eurocity (EC), WESTbahn and Intercity classes from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa, Eurocity (EC), WESTbahn and Intercity when travelling from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione.

Onboard services on Frecciarossa, Eurocity (EC), WESTbahn and Intercity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione.

  • You can take your bags on board Frecciarossa trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no luggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your luggage is compatible with the space available on board.
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  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favourite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
  • If you travel in Premium or Business Class, you’ll get a free snack and drink. If you travel in Executive Class, you’ll get a complimentary meal by the renowned TV chef Carlo Cracco.
  • You’ll find free WiFi on all Frecciarossa trains. Connect to their entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also use Portale FRECCE to get the latest updates on your journey, as well as book other services that will help you reach your destination.
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  • Children under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (Frecciarossa’s standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re travelling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child). 
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciarossa trains provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm.
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciarossa trains free of charge if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm.
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a half-price Standard ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle. You can’t travel with bigger dogs in Executive and Premium Class, in quiet carriages and in restaurant carriages.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call: the toll-free number 800 90 60 60, which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232 which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).


Air-conditioning is available on board. You can also charge your devices thanks to the power sockets you can find at your seat.


You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

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With EC, you can enjoy food and drink in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you opt for the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

In First Class, you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB trains offer a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.


Deutsche Bahn are gradually installing free WiFi on their EC trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

When travelling with EC, children under 5 years old travel free of charge and don’t require a ticket. Also, children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

On board most EC trains, you will find a family compartment or area suitable for families with babies and children up to the age of 3 years old.


When travelling with EC, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle with you. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Usually, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.


If you’re travelling on a EC train, you can take your pet with you. If you have a small dog or pet, you do not need an additional ticket and they can travel for free in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an extra ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

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The Mobility Service can help you with board, disembark and change trains. In addition, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.


In general, there is no limit to your luggage on WESTbahn trains. However, a member of staff is authorised to charge a €5 supplement for bulky luggage or starting from a third piece of luggage.

On WESTbahn trains, you'll find a luggage rack in the lower deck of each carriage, so that you can secure your suitcase or bag with a metal band. You can unlock the corresponding lock by using a €1 coin which will be returned to you at the end of your journey.

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All WESTbahn trains have a bar carriage (WESTcafé) where you can buy hot and cold drinks, snacks, salads, and sandwiches. You can then eat or drink in the bar carriage or take your drink or snack back to your seat. Alternatively, you can buy snacks or drinks from the self-service vending machines available on board.

If you’re travelling in WESTbahn’s First Class, an at-seat catering service is available, meaning that your meal of choice will be served straight to your seat.


WESTbahn do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, they do have free WiFi - simply log into WESTlan and use the internet uninterruptedly during your journey.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under the age of 6 travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children aged 6-14 years pay €2 if they're with a family member or get a half-price ticket if they're traveling alone.


If your bike can’t be folded, you’ll need to pay a supplement of €4.90, €6.90 or €9.90 to take your bike on your WESTbahn train, depending on your chosen route. If you don’t book your bike space online prior to departure, you’ll need to pay an additional fee of €5.10.

Please note that trains with high passenger demand don’t always allow space for bikes and bike reservations are excluded from specific train services. Folding bikes and e-scooters can be stored free of charge.


Small pets can travel on all WESTBahn trains free of charge, provided they’re in a carrier or cage. You’ll need to pay €2 for pets that are kept on a leash or are equipped with a muzzle.

WESTbahn staff can refuse entry to any dangerous pets without a leash and muzzle. Pets and pet carriers must not occupy seats, otherwise a full-priced ticket will be charged. Registered guide and assistance dogs are excluded from this regulation.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

WESTbahn trains have step-free access. If you travel with a wheelchair or a stroller, we recommend using coach 400 in the middle of the train. This coach is designed for the needs of people with reduced mobility – it offers a wider aisle than the other coaches, two bookable wheelchair spaces, and access to a PRM toilet with baby-changing facilities. Please note that WESTbahn’s wheelchair spaces cannot be reserved for strollers.


You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Intercity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Intercity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.


There are plug sockets on SBB trains. You can also enjoy free WiFi on Intercity trains via the SBB FreeSurf portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard. On Intercity trains, there is also a dedicated family carriage.


You can take your bicycle onboard SBB Intercity trains. Between 21st March and 31st October, it's compulsory to reserve a bike space on some Intercity trains. You must also buy a ticket for your bike at a ticket office, ticket machine or online.


Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

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SBB Intercity trains have priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet.


There is a Business Zone and a Quiet Zone in First Class on SBB Intercity trains.

Cheap train tickets from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione take?

The average journey time by train between Neuchâtel and Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione is 10 hours and 57 minutes, with around 14 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Neuchâtel and Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione is 6 hours and 58 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione?

No, there are no direct train services from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione. Travelling from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione leave?

The first train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione leaves at 07:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione leave?

The last train from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione leaves at 20:38. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Neuchâtel and Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione by train?

Trains travelling from Neuchâtel to Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione cover a distance of around 202 miles (325 km) during the journey.

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