I'm wondering if there are power outlets on the SBB Zurich-Milan train.

The SBB page on the topic says:

"Depending on the route and train type, you can enjoy the following services during your journey:" Power sockets (1st class)

It doesn't even mention Wi-Fi.

So the question is: are there any power outlets and Wi-Fi hotspots on the Zurich-Milan train?

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    Where is the question? :) – JoErNanO Feb 8 '15 at 0:47
  • The question is in the title. – chx Feb 8 '15 at 6:16
  • Looks much better now IMHO. – JoErNanO Feb 8 '15 at 13:30
  • Some of the trains actually have (or used to have) wifi, but it's pretty useless as it will only show you a local website with the timetables. – drat Feb 8 '15 at 13:53

Thanks to @Relaxed 's helpful comments I now know at least the power situation: right now you might find yourself on a train where only first class has power but this is changing and at some indefinite point in the future every seat will have power. Details:

The SBB timetable change on 14 December 2014 says:

From 14 December, passengers will be able to travel southwards and back again in increased comfort, as ETR 610 trains will be operating on the Gotthard route. In future, a total of 15 of these trains will run on the Gotthard and the Simplon routes. These trains have [...] power sockets by every seat

But it also says

They will gradually replace SBB's ETR 470 trains

This Tripadvisor post claims that normally all Zurich-Milan trains run on the Gotthard route that the SBB post mentioned.

About the ETR 470

in first class, power sockets were available

There's a video of an ETR 470 Zurich-Milan train posted on December 31, 2014. Another video also shows an ETR 470 on this route on January 13, 2015. So they aren't out yet.

The new ones, however, has been running for some time. The Zurich-Munich direction trains are EC 13,15,17,19. A photo series of the EC 13 on shows the occassional ETR 610 back in 2013 but later photos show ETR 470 again. My conclusion is that there is no consistency and you can't plan -- if you need power, buy first class or wait until SBB announces the ETR 470 gone. Edit: this happened at the end of 2015. And even the ETR 610 is not for long, by 2019, EC 250 trains will run on this route.

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Trains from Zurich to Milan are serviced by a number of companies.

For routes that start with InterCity trains, Wi-Fi is offered in 1st class. Source

Routes using InterRegio have free Wi-Fi, RegioExpress trains may also have Wi-Fi, please confirm. Source

I don't know about EuroCity trains.

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    But keep in mind that the majority of the time you will be in areas with almost no coverage. From Zug to Biasca you will get Edge and from time to time 3G (tested with Swisscom and Orange) but don't expect to be able to transfer a lot ... – Matteo Feb 8 '15 at 12:17
  • @Matteo True, I'll add that in. – QuyNguyen2013 Feb 8 '15 at 13:55
  • @Matteo Were you on a train with a booster? – QuyNguyen2013 Feb 8 '15 at 13:57
  • Hi I don't know (even if there is the sticker on the door I never saw any difference). I travelled daily Bern-Zurich and I travel Zurich-Lugano every month. On the Gotthard track don't expect to get a lot of connectivity (I had to try three times to load this page to answer you :-) – Matteo Feb 8 '15 at 15:15
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    Those pages are about Intercity trains within Switzerland. Most trains to Italy use different rolling stock. – Relaxed Feb 8 '15 at 23:38

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