Bernina Express - highlights and timetables

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Bernina Express bus at Lugano
The Bernina Express

Cross the Alps from north to south or vice versa in style! The Bernina Express offers breathtaking views from the beautiful first and second class panorama carriages. Experience the one-of-a-kind mountain landscape of the Swiss Alps on this spectacular train journey across viaducts and bridges and through tunnels and ancient gorges.   

There's a trolley service for snacks and drinks on board and you can also buy souvenirs. The Bernina Express runs daily between Chur and Tirano. On selected dates during the winter and daily during the summer the journey can be continued from Tirano to Lugano. 

Details of the route

The Bernina Express travels from glaciers to palm trees, with unforgettable scenery along the whole of this favourite route.

Chur Chur is the oldest town in Switzerland, with a settlement going back around 5,000 years. It is also the main town in the canton of Graubünden. Today, Chur is a bustling town with a wealth of historical architecture. The historical quarter, with its winding alleys and tucked-away squares is an ideal setting for strolling around.
Glacier Express at Bergun Preda has been in existence since the railway line was built in 1898. The most spectacular section of the Bernina Express line lies between Preda and Bergün. Six towering viaducts, three spiral tunnels and two helical tunnels make it possible to scale the 400m height difference. UNESCO has recognised this part of the line as a World Heritage Site.
Landwasser Viaduct At a height of 65m and length of 130m, the Landwasser Viaduct is a famous landmark on the route. The impressive construction on five walled pillars leads in a curved path with a 100m radius directly into the Landwasser tunnel.
St. Moritz The famous alpine town of St. Moritz offers a wonderful blend of nature with elegant shopping and bars, beautifully situated in a landscape of lakes and the stunning high Alps of the Upper Engadin. Pontresina lies just along the valley, a smaller and more tranquil resort. Both are perfect for exploring the mountains and enjoying alpine walks.
Ospizio Bernina After views of the Morteratsch Glacier and Bernina Diavolezza, the train climbs to the highest point on the line. Ospizio Bernina is situated an amazing 2,253 metres above sea level. From here you travel along the huge Lago Bianco reservoir.
Alp Grüm You may decide to end your journey here, with a leisurely lunch on the sunshine terrace and simply wonderful views over the Alps. This is a restaurant which can only be reached by hiking or by rail!
Bernina Express On the very slow and meandering descent this valley in the southern Alps - and in particular the Lago di Poschiavo - make for scenic viewing as you journey towards the Italian border. The valley also features another famous viaduct - Brusio has a 360-degree curve to overcome the difference in altitude. Surely one of the most spectacular railway constructions in Switzerland.
Tirano Once you have crossed into Italy, it is a short journey to the town of Tirano. This small historic town has charming narrow streets in which to stretch your legs, and a choice of local restaurants for lunch. You could spend your time here visiting the museum of the Palazzo Salis (April-October), with its frescoes and paintings from the 17th and 18th century and rare historical documents.
Bernina Express bus at Lugano Change onto the Bernina Bus with its large panoramic windows for a 3 hour journey through picturesque country villages and along the banks of Lake Como's pretty coves and quaint fishing village. There's a 15 minute stop in Piantedo to stretch your legs. You'll travel along the narrow waterside roads of sparkling Lake Lugano and then cross back into Switzerland and arrive into Lugano itself.
Lugano lakeside This welcoming town offers spectacular lake views, lush mountains within easy reach, a historic centre and smart shops and restaurants. You can take cruises on the lake to idyllic villages and enjoy the views from the local mountain tops. A most relaxing spot for a holiday.
Timetables

This spectacular train journey links Davos, Pontresina and St. Moritz with Lugano. The Bernina Express can also be enjoyed as a day trip from the mountain resorts mentioned to Tirano. 

The details below will help you plan your holiday; we will confirm exact train timings with you at the time of booking. 

Winter timetable - 9 December 2018 to 10 May 2019 and 28 October to 14 December 2019*
All trains stop at Alp Grüm, Poschiavo and Tirano 
Please note you will need to change in Filisur for Davos/Klosters and in Pontresina for St. Moritz
Train number 951
Chur depart 08.32
Davos Platz depart 08.31
St. Moritz depart 09.48
Pontresina depart 10.22
Tirano arrive 12.49
Tirano*depart14.20
Lugano*arrive17.30
Train number 950
Lugano*depart10.00
Tirano*arrive13.00
Tirano depart 14.25
Pontresina arrive 16.15
St. Moritz arrive 17.11
Davos Platz arrive 18.29
Chur arrive 18.19

Summer timetable - 11 May to 27 October 2019*
All trains stop at Poschiavo, Le Prese
Train number 973 951 961 975^
Chur depart 08.32
Klosters Platzdepart

09.17
Davos Platz depart 09.51
Filisur depart 09.33 10.17
St. Moritz depart 09.39 15.11
Pontresina depart 09.52 11.17 15.20
Tirano arrive 12.00 12.49 13.33 17.32
Tirano * depart 14.20 14.20 14.20
Lugano * arrive 17.30 17.30 17.30
Train number 976^ 974 950 960
Lugano * depart 10.00 10.00 10.00
Tirano * arrive 13.00 13.00 13.00
Tirano depart 10.07 14.07 14.25 15.13
Pontresina arrive 12.25 16.04 16.15 17.21
St. Moritz arrive 12.36 16.19
Filisur arrive 17.18 18.18
Davos Platz arrive 18.47
Klosters Platzarrive


19.43
Chur arrive 18.19

* The Bernina Express Bus runs daily between Lugano and Tirano 22 April-27 October 2019.

It also runs Thursdays-Sundays 21 February-21 April and 31 October-24 November 2019. 

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Planning your holiday

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  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card

You may also like to consider adding a scenic river cruise at the start or end of your holiday. Please ask for details. 

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