Bernina Express: A Panoramic Journey Through UNESCO Heritage Landscapes from Chur to Tirano

This 4-hour scenic train journey takes you along the stunning Bernina Express route through the Swiss Alps. Connecting Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, this ride is a highlight of our Premium Panoramic Train offerings. Discover more about luxurious and scenic train journeys in Switzerland.

Train journeying through snowy Swiss Alps in UNESCO World Heritage site.
Experience the winter wonder of the Swiss Alps aboard the Bernina Express, fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass.

Bernina Express: Glaciers, Palms, and Alpine Wonders!

Get ready for a thrilling ride on the Bernina Express! This isn’t just a train journey; it’s an alpine adventure from icy peaks to sunny palms. As you travel on this UNESCO World Heritage route, enjoy:

  • Breathtaking views through panoramic windows.
  • Snacks and drinks served right to your seat.
  • Free WLAN to share your journey instantly.
  • Fun facts with our onboard InfoT(r)ainment.
  • A spectacular route spanning 122 kilometers, through 55 tunnels, and over 196 bridges. Talk about an epic journey!

And the best part? The Bernina Express is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass

Train amidst autumn foliage on the Bernina Express Route in the UNESCO-protected Swiss Alps.
Experience autumn foliage along the Bernina Express Route, a UNESCO-protected journey in the Swiss Alps.
Bernina Express traversing the vibrant summer landscapes of the UNESCO World Heritage Alps.
Dive into Switzerland's summer splendor with the Bernina Express, a gem of the Swiss Travel Pass.

Swiss Travel Pass Benefits on the Bernina Express

Great news for Swiss Travel Pass holders! When you’re planning to experience the breathtaking journey on the Bernina Express, your Swiss Travel Pass has got you covered. This means the cost of your train journey is included in your Swiss Travel Pass – offering a hassle-free and cost-effective way to enjoy one of Switzerland’s most scenic train routes. Just remember, while your travel is covered, a seat reservation is still required to ensure your spot on this popular route. 

Book Your Seat on the Bernina Express – 2024

Traveling on the Bernina Express? Remember, booking your seat is a must! You can easily reserve your spot online. Let’s look at the reservation details:

  • Short Trip (St. Moritz – Tirano or vice versa): From December 10, 2023, to December 14, 2024, the reservation cost is CHF 28.00 per person for each journey.

  • Long Journey (Chur – Tirano or the other way around):

    • Low Season (Dec 10, 2023 – Apr 30, 2024 / Nov 1, 2024 – Dec 14, 2024): CHF 32.00 per person/trip.
    • Peak Season (May 1, 2024 – Oct 31, 2024): CHF 36.00 per person/trip.

Note: Prices might change, so keep an eye on the latest updates.

Special Offers for Children and Travel Pass Holders:

  • Kids under 6 years? They travel for free!
  • Children from 6 to 16 years old get a 50% discount on the fare. However, the seat reservation fee applies to all.
  • Holders of Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, 1-day-travelpass, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss Travel Passes, Eurail, and Interrail passes can use their passes. Remember, the seat reservation fee is still necessary.
Bernina Express against a backdrop of majestic Swiss Alps during summer.
Revel in the breathtaking alpine views aboard the Bernina Express, a must-experience with the Switzerland rail pass.
Train passing through a quaint Swiss village blanketed in snow.
Discover charming winter villages on the Bernina Express route, a highlight for Swiss Travel Pass holders.

Bernina Express Timetable 2024:

Timetable valid from Dec 10, 2023 – Dec 14, 2024

St. Moritz09:17*13:17*16:14
St. Moritz12:3515:4518:25

* Additional summer timetable: Daily from May 11 – Oct 27, 2024
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Integrated Bus Services: Bernina Express Bus ​

The Bernina Express experience extends beyond the train tracks with a dedicated bus service that connects Tirano to Lugano. This seamless extension is an integral part of the Bernina Express operations and mirrors the train’s commitment to scenic views and enriching experiences. The bus journey takes approximately three hours, and due to its popularity, seat reservations are mandatory.

Bernina Express train amidst lush summer alpine scenery in the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Embrace the vibrant landscapes of Switzerland aboard the Bernina Express, a top choice for rail pass travelers.
Bus journeying from Tirano to Lugano.
Extend your Swiss adventure with the bus route, connecting Tirano to Lugano under the Swiss Travel Pass

Bernina Express Bus Timetable 2024

Route: From Lugano Stazione Nord to Tirano and Back

Get ready to explore the scenic route between Lugano and Tirano with the Bernina Express Bus. Here’s when you can catch the bus:

  • February 15 to March 24, 2024: Operates from Thursday to Sunday.
  • March 28 to October 27, 2024: Available every day for your convenience.
  • October 31 to November 24, 2024: Service resumes on Thursdays to Sundays.

Mandatory Seat Reservation for Bernina Express Bus

Bernina Express Bus 2024 Reservation Details

Planning a trip on the Bernina Express Bus in 2024? Don’t forget to reserve your seat! Here’s what you need to know about the reservation costs:

  • Low Season (Dec 10, 2023 – Apr 30, 2024 / Nov 1 – Dec 14, 2024): CHF 14.00 per seat.
  • Peak Season (May 1 – Oct 31, 2024): CHF 16.00 per seat.

Keep in mind, prices are subject to change.

Special Notes for Families and Travel Pass Holders:

  • Kids under 6 years old? They ride for free!
  • Children aged 6 to 16 enjoy half-price fares. However, the full seat reservation fee applies to all passengers.
  • If you have a Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, 1-day-travelpass, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss Travel Passes, Eurail, or Interrail pass, you’re in luck! These passes are valid for travel, but remember, you still need to pay the full seat reservation fee.

Extending Your Bernina Express Journey: From Milan to Lake Como and Beyond

This train may conclude its scenic journey in Tirano, but your adventure can continue. From Tirano, it’s a smooth transition to the stunning Lake Como, whether you’re en route to Milan or visiting lakeside gems like Varenna. In fact, Lake Como is a popular next stop for those taking the Bernina Express from Milan. This Italian lake, rich in beauty and culture, is an excellent way to extend your Bernina experience.

Picturesque view of Bellagio on Lake COMO's shores.
Bellagio: A serene escape easily accessible after your adventure.
Panoramic view of Lake COMO, accessible by train from Tirano.
Explore the tranquil beauty of Lake COMO, a seamless continuation from your journey.

Explore Our Recommended Itinerary

SwissASAP proudly presents the “Switzerland-Italy Itinerary: A 10-Day Alpine-Lake Adventure with the Swiss Travel Pass.” This expertly crafted 10-day trip combines the beauty of the Alps and Lake Como, tailored for those with an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass. From Milan’s elegance to the peaks of Switzerland, this itinerary is designed to make the most of your travel pass, creating lasting memories.

For full details, visit our itinerary page: Alpine Wonders and Lake Como Delights: A 10-Day Swiss-Italian Adventure with the Swiss Travel Pass.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Bernina Express

Q: How many times a day is the train?

A: There are St Moritz-Tirano services (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.

Q: Which leg is the best?

A: The most scenic 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 distinguishes it from the Glacier Express?

A: The train runs between Switzerland and Northern Italy with panoramic windows, while the Glacier Express runs between Zermatt and St Moritz with large panoramic windows.
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