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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Milano, Italy

From $156.77

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  • 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Board the Second-class Bernina Red Train, Switzerland's alpine delight, 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 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.
  • Rail tour from Milan aboard the a second-class Bernina Red Train
  • 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
  • Pass stunning alpine scenery, including glacial lakes
  • Enjoy free time to explore Tirano and St Moritz
  • Learn about the region from a guide as you travel

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Ride one of the world’s most scenic mountain trains to St. Moritz and be back in Milan by dinnertime.

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • The tour may be bilingual. Please check at reservation.
  • Bernina train ticket (2nd class)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Milan Visitor Center - Zani Viaggi
    Largo Cairoli, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

    Please be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour.

Start time

07:15 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Well known by its moniker ‘the Little Red Train,’ the Bernina Express was designed to climb the Swiss Alps with ease. A testament to engineering work completed more than a century ago, the train is still able to complete the cliff-clinging Bernina Pass on a route that now has UNESCO World Heritage status.

Travel from Milan to Switzerland in the morning, and relax on your coach journey to Tirano. After some free time in the town, board the Bernina Express and gaze out of your window as the historic train passes through the idyllic stretches of Northern Italy and the Swiss Alps.

Ride over the spiral viaduct of Brusio, and along the Bernina Pass to Engadin. Watch the scenery change from windswept gorges and snow-clad glaciers to the chic chalets of St Moritz.

Hop off the train to enjoy free time in the town. An elegant vacation spot that’s popular for winter sports, St Moritz has a bounty of attractions to keep you busy. Stroll the lake, ogle the snow-specked mountains that ring the town, enjoy lunch or browse the local chocolatiers to sample Swiss chocolate. All food is at your own expense.

In the early evening, return to Milan by coach. Your tour of Northern Italy and Switzerland finishes with a drop-off at the start point.

Brusio Spiral Viaduct (Pass By)

Bernina Express (Pass By)

Lake St. Moritz

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Times indicated in the program and order of the visit are subject to possibile changes due to traffic problems and/or organizational requirements to ensure full enjoyment of the tour.
  • Weather conditions are extremely variable; practical, versatile clothing is recommended.
  • Itinerary could be changed for organization reasons.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
What an incredible experience, this is a must do tour. From the moment you get on the bus to the train just fabulous. Had beautiful weather and incredible areas to photograph. Our tour guide and our driver Sorin were amazing. Very informative and pointed out important fact along the way. Must do tour highly recommended.


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Slightly disappointing.
Barbara_H, Jun 2023
I was really looking forward to this tour of St. Moritz and train ride through the Alps. What I saw was beautiful but there were a few drawbacks. Our tour guide did nothing to prepare us for what we would experience. She did virtually no commentary on the bus ride to St. Moritz, the stores were all closed (Pentecoste) and we were not told that this would be the case. One side of the train was more favorable for photographing the sights, but she did not prepare us other than showing us how to open the windows. At the time, I questioned this but soon found out why. The people who were prepared, knew where to sit and when to open the windows for the best views of the glacier, etc. All in all, I loved what I saw, but our guide could have made it so much more pleasurable had she provided some commentary.
Very organised. Met with...
Vaso, Jun 2023
Very organised. Met with Anna, our tour guide. Massimo was the driver. bus up to St Moritz, sadly not all was opened, due to being out of season. still beautiful. then took train up the mountain. stunning, with snow as well. what more could we ask.
Great experience
Vikas_S, May 2023
very nice experience and love the rode plus the natural beauty and the way they explain and show everything was great. we love the ride
Don’t trust Viator descriptions
william_f, May 2023
the trip was not as advertised by Viator. Lots of issues and changes. Pictures on Viator website do not match reality
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bus and train great; St Moritz disappointing
Karen_M, May 2023
Stunning scenery, bus ride up the mountain and train ride back down was an experience and our guide was great, although I did experience some difficulty with her strong accent when coming through her speaker. Combined with being a bilingual tour, I found it difficult to focus on what she was saying and when she was speaking in English. (One on one she was wonderful and has a great command of English…and apparently Spanish on top of her Italian!) Hsve to say I was also underwhelmed by St Moritz though. We were there on a Sunday in summer and hardly anything was open. 2.5 hours was way too long there under those circumstances. We went for a lovely walk and found somewhere nice to sit and have lunch, but we’re really just filling time. Still had a great day and now I can say I have been to Switzerland!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Give it a Go!!!
Subhajit_B, May 2023
The scenic bus ride is a must. St Moritz is absolutely gorgeous for someone who is a fan of lakes and mountains. This trip needs to be taken for people wanting to experience the beauty of Switzerland. The train ride was leisurely therefore worth the wait.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Paying for a train ride only- don’t expect any time in the town of St Moritz
Jennifer_W, May 2023
Scenery was amazing on the train. Bus ride to the train and back from the train was chaos. Not the experience that was in the description. We only had 30 minutes in the town of to do any sightseeing or shopping. Not worth the money. Total disappointment. Such a shame. So much potential if it was better planned.
Life is all about how you handle plan B.
Crystalena_O, May 2023
The bus ride to St. Moritz was beautiful. Unfortunately when we got there the tracks were under repair so we couldn’t take our train. The company worked quickly to find a solution, and we were bussed 30 min to catch the train. This means that we missed all the tunnels and bridges that the trio is known for. I was impress with how quickly they worked to change the plan. However, I’m recovering from knee surgery and a mountainous, standing room only bus ride was not on the agenda.
Scenic train ride was amazing.
Tamara_B, May 2023
The stunning scenery on the train was worth the effort to get there; try and sit on the right-hand side. The guide was lovely. The bus ride to St Moritz was quite scenic, although the coffee stop was hectic and could be better organised. Lining up in three different queues to buy a coffee and food was ridiculous and confusing. The part of the town we saw in St Moritz was a little underwhelming; with most of the shops shut for the season and all the good restaurants too far away, there wasn't as much to do as I had anticipated. We ended up sitting at the chocolate shop restaurant which was pleasant. The staff there were very friendly. There was a lovely books and gift store in town that was worth a visit.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Robert_Y, May 2023
The bus had the most uncomfortable seats for such a long tour, small narrow seats with no leg room. The train did not have the full windows as shown on the website. Was not informed that most stores and restaurants in St .Moritz are closed until summer in June, tour was May 12th. Also, it was stated don't be late to start tour and the the tour operator held the bus until 7:35 for people who were late, tour was supposed to start at 7:15.
Bernina Express Swiss Alps
Anjanadevi_B, May 2023
Being up & close to the Glaciers was once in a lifetime experience.The entire journey was amazing. Monica our guide was awesome & so was Marco.Very professional tour & on time too.Highly recommend this tour.
EricaOIrene_W, May 2023
The scenery & guide were excellent but a group of 42persons is too large. Scrambling for seats, waiting for slow pokes, too many people talking while the guide spoke was frustrating & long line ups at the bathrooms was a waste of valuable time & made the trip disappointing. You can do the same trip purchasing your own bus & train tickets along with a decent guide app or book for 1/3 the price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very Good
Pallavi_M, May 2023
This was a wonderful trip starting from Milano. The highlight of the tour is the magical train ride from St. Moritz to Tirano. We enjoyed the train ride the most with incredible sights of glaciers, mountains and frozen lakes. There was nothing much to do in the towns though.. it’s a unique experience to have if you are in Milano!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Trip
Michelle_D, Apr 2023
The guide was great, she had a lot of information to share about the areas we traveled through on our way to St Moritz. We went by bus for the to St Moritz then took the Bernina Express down the mountain. The train ride was gorgeous. Unfortunately it was overcast for our trip, so some of the views were not as clear. Please be aware if you are prone to getting car sick, the bus ride may not be for you. The twist and turns to get to St Moritz are extreme.
The trip was beautiful...
Susan_W, Apr 2023
The trip was beautiful and our tour guide Lena and bus driver Dominico did a wonderful drive. Only complaint was at beginning of tour no one seemed to know what was going on the tour guides seemed quite flustered and could not give an snswer to which bus we eere to get on
Tour worth every penny
Maritess_J, Apr 2023
This tour was the highlight of our tour. I traveled with my family and closest friends. We particularly loved Clara who was very eloquent, lively and funny! She treated us like her own and we never felt bored with her! The Bernina tour was so amazing and worth every penny we spent. Viator was superb, easy to communicate with and staff at the Center was very very kind and helpful. Are we going to do this again? Yes! Again and again.
Fantastic and fun
Diane_S, Apr 2023
We loved this tour. We loved the scenery and the tour guide was fabulous! It was exciting on the train to see the train turning at the bends and to see snow. I would definitely recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Alps Experience
Fonwei_T, Apr 2023
You spend a lot of time on the coach and rail. But St. Moritz and the little red train ride is beautiful. Great trip to see & experience the Alps.
Fabulous train trip, well worth the cost
Jenny_T, Apr 2023
The views are awesome. Travelling in 2nd class we were able to open the windows to take great pictures without the glare/reflection of glass. Tour guide was helpful, friendly and informatively.
Average tour
brianna_j, Apr 2023
The train was not the train shown in the pictures, limited lunch places open and very expensive, first stop didn’t have a large selection of food to choose from. I felt sorry for the older people who came along on this trip as they couldn’t walk up all the stairs and distance. Personally felt that the lunch stop was all about shopping at designer shops.. not what we travel for. We wanted to go sightseeing. The guide was really lovely and informative.
2 travelers found this review helpful


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