Palm Express scenic journey

Journey across the Alps from St. Moritz to Lugano

Passing Lake Sils
Maloja Pass
Val Bregaglia
A delightful journey of real scenic contrasts as you cross the Alps on the comfortable PostBus

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. 

Make your holiday one to remember with a journey on the Palm Express

Speak to our team today to find out how you can combine your holiday with a breathtaking ride on the renowned Palm Express

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Suggested two and multi centre holidays
Holidays can be enjoyed in reverse order and extended

Our suggested itineraries can be changed to fit your own requirements with higher grade hotels, upgraded rooms and additional centres. Other combinations are also available. Call us on 0800 619 1200.

Palm Express details

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 costs

Seat reservations are essential and are included in the price.

St. Moritz to Lugano or vice versa £38 per person 

Prices are a guide and will vary according to itinerary. They are valid only with the Half Fare Card (included with your holiday).

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Speak to our team today to find out more!

Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at

PostBus in Lugano

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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