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  • Location:Milan, Italy
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Take a ride on the Bernina Express, Switzerland's alpine delight. This train journey takes you along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – through the Bernina Pass to the exclusive resort of St Moritz at the ‘Top of the World.’ Enjoy a round-trip scenic coach trip and ride a bright red rail car, passing unrivaled landscapes amid the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps, including time to spend in charming Tirano and St Mortiz.


  • Rail tour from Milan aboard the Bernina Express
  • Take a scenic coach tour to Tirano, located at the foothills of the Swiss Alps
  • Travel by train through the Bernina Pass to elegant St Moritz
  • Marvel at the stunning alpine scenery, including glacial lakes
  • Enjoy free time to explore Tirano and St Moritz
  • Hear insights about the region from your professional guide

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What You Can Expect

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Bernina Express Rail Tour to the Swiss Alps from Milan

What better way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland and the Alps year-round than a ride on the Bernina Express? Known as the ‘Little Red Train,’ the Bernina Express was built more than 100 years ago to scale the majestic mountain landscapes of the Swiss Alps. This historical feat of engineering still climbs up the 7,330-foot (2,235-meter) high Bernina Pass along a UNESCO World Heritage-listed route.

Depart by comfortable coach from Milan at 7am and enjoy a scenic bus tour to the Swiss town of Tirano, situated at the foothills of the Alps. Pass mountain streams and forested hills against a backdrop of steep, snow-capped peaks. When you arrive in Tirano at approximately 10:30am, you’ll have free time to explore before boarding the train.

Your rail journey starts amid the palms and oleanders of northern Italy, taking you over the spiraling viaduct at Brusio and through the Bernina Pass into Engadin, arriving in St Moritz 2.5 hours later. Along the way you'll pass wild gorges and icy glaciers, cross soaring bridges and shoot through loop tunnels.

This north-south alpine crossing offers eye-catching vistas of stunning scenery from your rail car. Capture photographic views of the Alps and its glacial lakes, and look out your window to watch the bright red train curve against a snow-speckled landscape (if traveling in winter). You’ll see impressive alpine valleys, lakes and waterfalls at almost every turn!

When you arrive at the exclusive resort of St Moritz, disembark and spend about 1.5 hours in town. Flanking the shore of a beautiful lake in the middle of the Upper Engadin, St Mortiz offers an array of attractions and is famous for its winter sports as well as polo, golf, cricket and tennis. Set out on foot to discover the town’s elegance, perhaps stopping for lunch (own expense) or visiting a chocolatier before departing by coach at 4:30pm and arriving in Milan around 7:30pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was well worth the time and price. The tour guide was so very knowledgeable and provided details about northern Italy I have not heard elsewhere. The Swiss Alps were beautiful. The bus to the train was comfortable and the train ride was a once in a lifetime experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing trip with stunning mountain vistas. Santuario della Madonna di Tirano is a great example of Renaissance architecture. Suggestion- Go on Sunday and hear the organ.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Though the weather was rainy and cloudy we managed to enjoy every minute of the trip. It was very well-organized and informative.The views were just amazing. Our guide, Maura was knowlegeable, careful and thoughful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely wonderful, Guide was good and really tried to answer questions. Well worth the money!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

the highlight of our trip to Italy. Scenic beyond words.

George M
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

this was the trip of my whole holiday, the train journey was outstanding. The views are stunning and I would do this all over again. Early start and to long waiting at town for dinner before we got the train. you only need 10 minutes to see the town as it is small, but you get ages , just standing arounf for over an hour after dinner, Only 30 minutes in St Moritz and the guide has that annoying walkie talkie with ear piece that just sends static and noise into your ear. I ended pulling it out and just enjoying the view

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Tour IS so great, the tour guide was amazing, we took the train with the open-able windows and the experience was unforgettable.

St. Moritze was so great, the stop there was not that long but still we have a very nice and enjoyable time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was amazing. Great guide, scenery and good value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a day to remember...so much magnificient mountains. I would recommend this tour.

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