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Bernina Express Tours

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.

The Basics
You can 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.

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

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Free Wi-Fi and audio commentary are available to first-class passengers.
  • Drinks and snacks can be purchased on-board.
  • 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.

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 from February to November a bus service connects passengers with Lugano. During the summer season you can also board the Bernina Express in St. Moritz or Davos.

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.

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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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from MilanRail Tours

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

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Board the Bernina Express, the historic red Swiss mountain train, for a ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. After a coach ride from Milan to Tirano, board the train to travel on the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express route with its unsurpassed alpine views. Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina Pass to St Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore the chic mountain town before your return to Milan.
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Go beyond Milan to discover a world of Swiss-Italian mountains and meadows from the seat of the red Bernina Express train. Known as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys complete with ice fields and waterfalls, the Bernina Express is a bucket list trip but the logistics can be tricky. This day trip makes it easy, packaging coach transport from Milan with a round-trip Bernina Express ticket from Tirano to glitzy St. Moritz. You even get a lunch stop in the cuisine-rich Valtellina region.
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Experience the beauty of Lake Como and the stunning views from atop the Swiss and Italian Alps on this full-day tour from Milan. Stop in the historic lakeshore village of Varenna — one of the lake’s most charming — and enjoy lunch in the Valtellina valley before ascending the Alps on the scenic Bernina Express train. The UNESCO-listed ride lets you straddle two countries and one of Europe’s great mountain ranges.
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The Bernina Express train crosses one of the most spectacular routes through the Swiss Alps, 75-mile (122 km.) Rhaetian Railway line from Chur to Tirano. Experience the UNESCO-listed route on a round-trip, all day tour from Chur in a car with panoramic views of the mountains, bridges, and viaducts, that includes time to visit Tirano.
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The lakes and mountains of Italy and Switzerland are in easy reach of Milan, but it’s difficult to know the best spots to visit and how to reach them if you’re new to the area. This Lake Como and Bernina Express tour makes the stunning scenery accessible with round-trip coach transport from Milan, a ride on one of the world’s most famous alpine train routes, and free time in the glamorous ski town of St. Moritz.
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Bernina Express Great Train Journey from St. Moritz to Tirano

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Ride over bridges, through forests, across mountain passes, and past one of the oldest cities in Switzerland on this 4-hour train ride through the Swiss Alps on the Bernina Express. From the panoramic windows in your train, see the sights of the area, including Chur, Lej Nair, Lago Bianco, Plessur River, and Poschiavo Valley. During your journey, you can stay seated or walk around to admire the views from different vantage points. Plus, a trolley is on-call to bring you drinks and snacks when needed (own expense).
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Ride on Switzerland’s most impressive alpine train routes during this 3-night trip with reservations on the Glacier and Bernina Express trains. With sweeping mountain views and tracks that travel across historical viaducts and around lakes, the train routes are loved for their scenery, but working out the journeys can be tricky if you are new to the area. This trip from Zermatt to Lugano makes it easy with a preplanned itinerary, overnight accommodation, and train tickets booked in advance.
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Forget the hassle of navigation and arranging accommodation on a multi-day train tour of Switzerland’s scenic landscape from Zurich. Discover alpine forests, glacial peaks, and rural villages as you cruise from St. Moritz to Zermatt, via the Italian town of Tirano, and avoid hidden costs with four nights’ accommodation and breakfast included as per itinerary.
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