Bernina Express FAQs: Your Guide to Alpine Adventures

Unveil the mysteries of the renowned Bernina Express as you traverse the breathtaking Swiss and Italian Alps. This guide aims to answer all your questions, including those covered in our Bernina Express FAQs, and ensure a memorable journey with your Bernina Express Swiss Travel Pass.

Delve into specifics about the train, its routes, amenities, and more as you prepare for a captivating ride through Alpine wonders.

Booking & Reservations:

🇨🇭Q: Is Bernina Express train included in Swiss travel pass
The Bernina Express route is valid on the Swiss Travel Pass; however, a seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.

🇨🇭Q: Do I need to book Bernina Express in advance?
A: Though the Swiss Travel Pass fully covers the journey, a seat reservation on the Bernina Express is mandatory. You can reserve your seat online via the Bernina Express official web site. 

🇨🇭Q: How many times a day is the Bernina Express?
A: There are St Moritz-Tirano Bernina Expresses (1 in winter, 2 per day in summer) and normal hourly local trains. Check times at the Rhätische Bahn website or the Swiss Railways site.

Travel Experience:

🇨🇭Q: What months are best for Bernina Express?
A: The best season is spring, combining snow-capped mountains, spring flowers, and green valleys. Trains are more frequent between May-October.

🇨🇭Q: Which way is better on Bernina Express?
A: Sit on the right side when traveling north to south and the left side in the opposite direction.

🇨🇭Q: Which side should I sit on Bernina Express?
A: The best views are on the right side if traveling south from Switzerland to Italy, and the left-hand side views of the train if traveling north from Italy to Switzerland.

🇨🇭Q: Which leg of Bernina Express is best?
A: The best section is from the Landwasser Viaduct traveling south to the Brusio Viaduct. To see the best sights, be on the train from Tiefencastel to Campocologno.

🇨🇭Q: What is the most beautiful part of the Bernina Express?
A: Alp Grüm provides one of the most unforgettable views at an elevation of 2,091 meters.

🇨🇭Q: Does the Bernina Express run daily?
A: The Bernina Express runs daily between Chur and Tirano, with extended journeys on selected dates.

🇨🇭Q; What stations does the Bernina Express stop at?
A: All trains stop at Poschiavo, Alp Grüm, Ospizio Bernina, Pontresina, and St. Moritz.

🇨🇭Q: Is Tirano worth seeing?
A: Tirano in Lombardy, Italy is home to many attractions and is worth visiting.

Amenities & Services:

🇨🇭Q: Can you take luggage on Bernina Express?
A: There’s no luggage limit. You can place large suitcases on special racks and hang coats. High-value items are advised to be kept with you.

🇨🇭Q: Is food available on Bernina Express?
A: There’s no restaurant car, but a refreshment trolley service is available. You can also bring your own food and wine.

🇨🇭Q: What is the difference between 1st class and 2nd class on the Bernina Express?
A: 2nd class has fabric seats with more seating, while 1st class has leather seats, more space, and fewer seats. Both classes offer panoramic windows, power sockets, and free WiFi.

Comparisons & Additional Info:

🇨🇭Q: Is Bernina Express non stop?
A: The Bernina Express is direct. Regional trains require train changes, but offer the same views.

🇨🇭Q: What is the difference between Glacier Express and Bernina Express?
A: The Bernina Express runs between Switzerland and Northern Italy with panoramic windows. The Glacier Express runs between Zermatt and St Moritz with large panoramic windows.

🇨🇭Q: Which is better to visit Chur or St Moritz?
A: Chur is a small town, while St. Moritz is a resort town in the Alps. Consider scenic villages like Sils Maria, Pontresina, or Silvaplana Surlej.

🇨🇭Q: Is it worth staying overnight in Chur?
A: One night is recommended as you can see the city in a day. It serves as a base for scenic trains.

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