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  • Location:Milan, Italy
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

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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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 November 2015

We had a great tour, it was a beautiful sunny day and we had great views all the way. Plenty of photo opportunities, a very nice tour guide that gave us lots of tips and information. I would recommend taking this 'once in a lifetime' tour, totally worth it!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful experience. The weather was a beautiful autumn day with all shades of autumn leaves and the snowy alps in the background. Would thoroughly recommend this well organised tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent Guide Franco - has great knowledge of the region's history, and was able to teach us a lot through the whole ride.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What an amazing day. My head just didn't stop spinning. So much breathtaking scenery. Would absolutely recommend this trip over and over again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Although it was a long day, the tour was excellent. Eddy was a great guide and his sense of humour kept us on our toes. Bernina express was a standout but so to the visit to Tirano and the centuries old church. It was a shame not too much was open in St Moritz.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour is AMAZING!!! You should take it. Excellent views, excellent guide. AMAZING!!
In Saint Moritz the store employees are not very friendly, but it is not a big problem.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip! From the train we enjoyed the beautiful colored autumn trees, the freshly fallen snow and the lake on top of the mountains. We were very lucky to have sunny weather all day. In Tirano we visited a church and we had lunch with the group. In St Moritz we had time to walk around. The guide was friendly, funny and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A great day with spectacular scenery. Wished we could have stopped more along the way for more photo opportunities. Overall, we really enjoyed the day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

One of the best short trips ever!

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