The Swiss Holiday Company

The Palm Express with the PostBus Journey across the Alps from St. Moritz to Lugano

A delightful journey of real scenic contrasts. The Palm Express links the alpine resort of St. Moritz, in the Graubünden region, with Lugano an Italian speaking town in the very south of Switzerland. 

Leaving St. Moritz on the distinctive yellow PostBus, you'll make your way past Lake Sils and very slowly upwards into the mountains. The Maloja mountain pass is an extraordinary route with beautiful views all around. After winding your way though the mountains, you'll make your way down through the Val Bregaglia and cross the border into Italy. There's a short stop in Chiavenna to stretch your legs and enjoy your first palm trees before driving alongside Lake Como. Lake Lugano soon appears and you'll cross back into Switzerland before arrival in the town of Lugano itself. 

This fabulous journey can easily be combined with the Glacier Express or Gotthard Panorama Express to make a grand tour of Switzerland. 

route of the palm express

The Palm Express operates once a day on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays throughout the year, plus daily services mid June-mid October.

Journey time is around 4 hours.

Palm Express prices
St. Moritz to Lugano or vice versa £40 per person. 

Prices based on half fare travel card which is included in all our holidays (except self drive)

Seat reservation is included in the price.

We'll be pleased to create any Palm 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 this route with other scenic rail routes such as the Glacier Express, Bernina 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 Palm Express


We can create several itineraries including the Palm Express



A classic Swiss lakes and mountains holidays, with stays in the Alps and beside Lake Lugano.

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As above, but after your stay in Lugano take another scenic journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express to historic Lucerne. 
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Pontresina is a quieter alternative to St. Moritz. This holiday also includes a trip on the Glacier Express and a stay in Zermatt.
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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

Fast Baggage: Transfer your luggage between resorts

To help you enjoy your scenic rail journey between many resorts, you can arrange 'Fast Baggage'. 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 £9 per item plus an additional charge of £21 regardless of the number of items of luggage.

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