Bernina Express - highlights and timetables

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Alp Grüm
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Bernina Express bus at Lugano
Discover the alpine mountainscape with the Bernina Express

Enjoy unforgettable views from the comfort of a panorama carriage and explore the stunning Alpine scenery first hand. Our 30 years of experience allows us to create bespoke holiday packages with your travel and accommodation requirements in mind. We specialise in designing personalised itineraries including the Bernina Express, either as a day trip or as a connecting journey between the exceptional resorts of St. Moritz, Pontresina and Lugano. Travel in style on this famous train and experience the unforgettable mountainscape of the beautiful Swiss Alps. 

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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. 

How long is the Bernina Express journey

The Bernina Express is a 4 hour rail journey from Chur to Tirano. You can also join at St. Moritz or Pontresina for a 2 hour journey.

If you would like to experience the full journey, it is a further 3 hours from Tirano to Lugano on the Bernina Bus.

  Details of the Bernina Express route

Chur > St. Moritz > Pontresina > Tirano > Lugano

The Bernina Express starts near the mountains in Chur, travels across glaciers and ends with free time in Italian town of Tirano - with unforgettable scenery along the whole of this favourite route. There is the option to continue on the Bernina Bus from Tirano, through Italian countryside before crossing back into Switzerland and the lakeside resort of Lugano. 

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.
Bernina Express 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 - 26 October 2020 to 7 May 2021 and 1 November-11 December 2021*
All trains stop at Alp Grüm and Poschiavo.
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
Filisur depart 09:33
Pontresina depart 10:22
Tirano arrive 12:49
Train number 952
Tirano depart 14:24
Pontresina arrive 16:21
Filisur arrive 17.17
Chur arrive 18:19

Summer timetable - 8 May to 31 October 2021*
All trains stop at Alp Grüm and Poschiavo.
Please note you will need to change in Filisur for Davos/Klosters (and in some instances in Pontresina for St. Moritz). 
Train number 971 951 973 955
Chur depart - 08:32 - 13:30
Filisur depart - 09:33 - -
St. Moritz depart 09:17 - 13:17 -
Pontresina depart 09:28 10:22 13:28 15:41
Tirano arrive 11:32 12:49 15:31 17:59
Tirano * depart 14:20 14:20 - -
Lugano * arrive 17:30 17:30 - -
Train number 972 974 952 976
Lugano * depart - 10:00 10:00 10:00
Tirano * arrive - 13:00 13:00 13:00
Tirano depart 10:07 13:17 14:24 16:07
Pontresina arrive 12:24 15:34 16:21 18:15
St. Moritz arrive 12:35 15:45 - 18:25
Filisur arrive - - 17.17 -
Chur arrive - - 18:19 -

* The Bernina Express Bus runs daily between Lugano and Tirano 1 April-31 October 2021. It also runs Thursdays-Sundays 29 October-29 November 2020, 18 February-28 March and 4-28 November 2021.

Bernina Express ticket prices

Seat reservations are compulsory on all trains

Day trips

St. Moritz or Pontresina to Tirano: 2nd class £28 per person or 1st class £48 per person
Davos to Tirano: 2nd class £44 per person or 1st class £77 per person
Chur to Tirano: 2nd class £55 per person or 1st class £95 per person
Booking fee: £17-28 per person depending on the season

As part of a multi centre

St. Moritz or Pontresina to Lugano or vice versa: 2nd class £26 per person or 1st class £37 per person
Davos to Lugano or vice versa: 2nd class £36 per person or 1st class £53 per person
Chur to Lugano or vice versa: 2nd class £38 per person or 1st class £58 per person
Booking fee: £9-14 per person depending on the season

Prices are a guide and will vary according to itinerary. They are ONLY valid when booked as part of a Swiss Holiday Company holiday.

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