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Bernina Express

Bernina Express

Soaring over the Bernina Pass and climbing to a dizzying 7,392 feet (2,253 meters) above sea level, the famous Bernina Express is one of Europe’s most beautiful railway routes. Running for 75 miles (122 kilometers) from Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, it’s the only railway that connects the North and South Alps, and offers dramatic mountain views.

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The Basics

Ride the panoramic Bernina Express (otherwise known as the Rhaetian Railway) between Tirano and Chur (a 4-hour journey), St. Moritz (a 2-hour journey), or Davos (a 3.75-hour journey). With just one day to spare, it’s also possible to join a Bernina Express rail tour from Chur or St. Moritz and ride the train both ways; or enjoy a day trip from Milan to St. Moritz, including a ride on the Bernina Express and a return by bus. Multi-day tours also run from Zurich, including a night in St. Moritz, a train ride and bus journey to Lugano, and a night in Lugano.

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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
$150.80 per adult
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Excellent tour
Great tour! Would do it again. It was an incredible experience. The guides were amazing and friendly. Everything was perfect.
Maria_F, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Swiss Alps

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A Must Do
Timothy_T, Jan 2022
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
This is a must do if you are in Milan. The pictures I took on this tour do not do them justice. Riding the Bernina through the Swiss Alps is a once in a lifetime thing. Worth every penny. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and kind. Please note that this is an all day tour so if you have an extra day in Milan, I highly suggest this tour and company.
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Awesome
Patricia_M, Dec 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
Very wonderful excursion. amazing views. Comfortable seats. Nice stop at St Moritz. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and kind.
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Beautiful and exciting...
Jeri_C, Dec 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
Beautiful and exciting experience. Loved the church in Tirana . The train ride was very scenic and St. Moritz was great. Only wish we would have had more time to enjoy the city. Josie, our guide gave great information and very helpful.
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I’d do it again!
Ryan_B, Nov 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
What an amazing experience. Our guide was AWESOME! I wish I could remember her name, because she deserves to be spoken about. She gave us time in different cities up and down the mountain to enjoy and take breaks. The train ride was breath taking. She was very informative!
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Great experience!
Gareth_J, Nov 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
We both really enjoyed the trip . Beautiful scenery, amazing climbing up on the train . Guide was very informative.
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The guide was very good....
Nancy_G, Oct 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
The guide was very good. The train ride wonderful. Too short a visit to a town that really didn’t offer anything
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When we got to St...
Sharlene_L, Oct 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
When we got to St Moritz,we lost our tour guide,i don’t know what happened.At least, 9 people where looking for her ( 4 groups ) I was disappointed at that time,when we can’t find her,otherwise it was excellent.
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A trip well worth taking.
Carmen_G, Sep 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
Well guided tour with train cabin exclusive for our use and we could move from one side to the other to get the breath taking views from the best angle.
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Fantastic day trip
Eirini_R, Sep 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
The best beautiful route by train. .Evething was wonderful. Serena was the best tour guide and Rosa was a very careful and responsible driver. Everyone should make this spectacular day trip. Thaks for all.
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Great day trip
Jennifer_O, Sep 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
The guide was excellent and frequently let us know of the itinerary so there wasn't any issue on time. The train ride was fantastic and having an hour in St Moritz was plenty of time.
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Spectacular Alps
Hazel_H, Aug 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
Spectacular visions at each turn. The train was comfortable and the alps were spectacular. Timing was a problem. When we arrive on time as designated, stop waiting forthose who aren’t. Our day was cut short at stops due to a late departure by almost an hour thereby pushing everything back. These same late people were late all day.
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A spectacular day in the Alps
Patrice_K, Aug 2021
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
This was probably one of the best tours I have ever taken. The scenery riding the train was incredible. I thought I would be bored by the 5 hours up and 5 hours back but the scenery was more than enough to hold my attention. And the hour and a quarter spent in St. Moritz was more than enough time to wander around the town. So overall, I would highly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bernina Express trains offer first- and second-class seating. Both require tickets to be purchased in advance.

  • Free WiFi and audio commentary are available to first-class passengers.

  • Drinks and snacks can be purchased onboard.

  • Travelers crossing the Swiss-Italian border are required to carry their passport and/or ID card.

  • Trains are accessible to wheelchair users; assistance is available.

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How to Get There

Trains leave from Chur (Switzerland) railway station, in the town center, and arrive at the central train station in Tirano (Italy), where a bus service connects passengers with Lugano between February and November. During the summer season you can also board the Bernina Express in St. Moritz or Davos.

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When to Get There

The Bernina Express runs year-round, and the alpine landscapes look just as mesmerizing covered with snow in the winter months as they do bursting with wildflowers throughout the summer. For a variety of scenery, traveling in spring is a good option, when the high mountain passes are still covered in snow, but the lowland valleys are lush and green. If visiting in winter, be aware that there is only one train departure a day.

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Spectacular Scenery along the Bernina Express

Passing through wild gorges, icy glaciers, and verdant mountain valleys, the Bernina Express serves up one postcard-worthy view after another. The scenic train passes an impressive 196 bridges and 55 tunnels, and the section between Thusis, Valposchiavo, and Tirano is even protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Route highlights include Bernina Pass, Albula Pass, Engadine valley, and the highest point at Ospizio Bernina, as well as engineering marvels such as the Landwasser Viaduct and the Brusio Circular Viaduct.

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