The Swiss Holiday Company

Bernina Express - Across an ancient landscape to northern Italy An extraordinary alpine adventure crossing the Alps from north to south


This scenic journey can be taken as a day trip to Tirano, or enjoyed as part of a multi centre scenic holiday. 

The unforgettable Bernina Express journey features two sections. The rail section of the route departs daily and transports you from the towering glaciers of the high Alps to the swaying palms of Italy. Crossing the Alps in style, the train climbs an impressive 2,223m to the Bernina Pass and offers breathtaking vistas as you ride over impressive viaducts and past galleries hewn from the sheer rock. There are beautiful views of rushing mountain streams, glaciers and even an alpine garden en route to the terminus in Tirano, which lies just over the Italian border. The line is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

You can enjoy this fabulous journey as a day trip from St. Moritz and Pontresina (2 hours each way). Alternatively, from April to October, travellers are able to continue along the scenic route on the comfortable Bernina Express Bus. This special bus with its large panoramic windows takes you on a 3 hour journey through picturesque country villages and along the banks of Lake Como's pretty coves and quaint fishing villages before reaching the narrow waterside roads of sparkling Lake Lugano. You'll cross back into Switzerland and arrive into Lugano itself for the next part of your holiday. 

It is also possible to enjoy the Bernina journey in the opposite direction if you prefer to visit the sunny southern lakes before heading up to the Alps. 

An alternative is a Bernina Express day trip, available from the resorts of Chur, Davos, St. Moritz and Pontresina.

route of the bernina express


Full details of the timetables and prices

We'll be pleased to create any Bernina Express itinerary to suit you, incorporating your own selection of resorts, duration, hotels and excursions.

We can even help you build a Grand Tour, combining the Bernina Express with other scenic rail routes such as the Glacier Express and Gotthard Panorama Express. 

Call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices

Suggested two and multi centre holidays featuring the Bernina Express

All holidays can be enjoyed in reverse order and extended

These suggested itineraries can be changed to fit your own requirements with higher grade hotels, upgraded rooms and additional centres.

8 Days Zermatt and Pontresina 

Enjoy the Matterhorn, the Upper Engadin valley and a day trip to the old Italian town of Tirano.

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8 Days st. Moritz, Andermatt and lucerne

Mountain grandeur, lakeside tranquillity and a number of scenic rail journeys including a trip on the Furka Line steam train.
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11 Days Lucerne, LOCArNO, brig and St. Moritz

This is an incredible journey featuring 4 of the world class scenic rail journeys of Switzerland. 
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Featuring some of our most popular resorts and the full Bernina Express journey. 

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Two weeks of lakes and mountains perfection, also including a Bernina Express trip. 

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A celebration of Switzerland's diverse and beautiful lakes and mountains scenery.

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A day trip on the Bernina Express to Tirano can be enjoyed with any holiday to St. Moritz, Pontresina, CHUR or Davos

Build your own scenic rail itinerary

Request a quote here or call us to build your perfect holiday
  • Choose your scenic rail journey
  • Decide which resorts you would like to visit
  • Consider how many nights to be spent in each resort
  • Choose 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Add on excursions to explore the lakes and mountains
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade your hotel room for even more beautiful views
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Add additional resorts - create your own Grand Tour

Express Luggage: Transfer your bags between resorts

To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between many resorts, you can arrange 'Express Luggage'. All you need to do is register your luggage at the station before 9am and then collect it at your destination on the same day any time after 6pm. There are a few stations where your luggage will not be available until the following morning when we would recommend carrying an overnight bag with you.

The cost of each luggage transfer is £10 per item plus an additional charge of £24 regardless of the number of items of luggage.

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