Palm Express Scenic PostBus Journey

Journey across the Alps from St. Moritz to Lugano

St. Moritz funicular
PostBus beside Lake Sils, near St. Moritz
Piazza di Riforma, Lugano
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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Holidays with the Palm Express

We can create a tailor made itinerary for you including the Palm Express. Please call our knowledgeable team for details 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 prices

We will include the cost of the Palm Express in your tailor-made holiday quotation, including the seat reservation booking fee.

Connecting with other scenic rail journeys

We can create a multi-centre scenic rail holiday which combines the Palm Express with other famous trains. 

From St. Moritz: travel on the Glacier Express to Zermatt

From Lugano: travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express to Lucerne

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PostBus in Lugano

Palm Express route

Palm Express

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