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Bernina Express - From glaciers to palms

Experience one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: The Albula and Bernina Lines connect northern and southern Europe. A high-point of the ride is the panoramic view from the Bernina Express, as it passes mighty glaciers on its descent to a land of swaying palms.

The most beautiful experience of the Alps: From the high towering glaciers of the mountains down to the swaying palms of Italy, the highest mountain railway in the Alps provides a link between northern and southern Europe. It does so in the most wonderful way imaginable, on a railway line that coexists in perfect harmony with its glorious mountain setting. The train makes short work of the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and slopes of up to 70 millimetres per metre of incline that are found along its route. The physical high-point of the RhB is Ospizio Bernina, at 2,253 metres above sea level.

The wonders of nature and the cultural achievements of man merge into one of the best ways ever to experience the Alps. The section between Thusis and Tirano has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A milestone in our history.

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Sightseeing

Just take your seat and prepare to be astounded. The Bernina Express lets you experience the beauty of the Alps. From Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland ride, the train travels through an area containing Europe’s highest density of castles. The journey continues through the dark and mysterious Schinschlucht Gorge, followed by the ninetymetre- high Solis Viaduct, which carries the line into the wild and romantic valley of Albulatal, where the world-famous Landwasser Viaduct awaits to plunge the train into a world of towering rock walls. The train climbs up over grandiose man-made structures and through sinuous tunnels, before emerging from the Albula Tunnel into the glory that is the region of Engadin. This is the heavenly ballroom of the Alps, including as it does such attractions as the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz.

The Bernina Express climbs ever higher, to roll past the Bernina region’s mighty glaciers. When the train reaches Lake Bianco, the true majesty of this mountainous setting becomes apparent in all its full-blown glory. And there are more attractions to come, this time of a southern nature, as the train follows its curving route down from above 2 200 metres in height towards Poschiavo. This part of the line takes the train over the famous Circular Viaduct of Brusio and onward to the Italian town of Tirano. The entire line is characterised by a series of breathtaking landscapes, interspersed with impressive masterpieces of the art of civil engineering. The Bernina Express: the train that lets you travel into and right through a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Winter

Bernina Express timetable winter season:
15 December 2013 - 09 May 2014 / 27 October - 13 December 2014

Chur / Davos Platz / St. Moritz - Tirano

Train 9531)

Train 9552)


Chur

dep

08.58      

09.31

Thusis

dep

09.30

Tiefencastel

dep

09.47

10.16

Davos Platz

dep

09.313)

09.313)

St. Moritz

dep

10.454)

10.454)

Pontresina

dep

11.03

11.21

Ospizio Bernina

arr

11.34

11.46

Alp Grüm

arr

11.45

11.56

Poschiavo

arr

12.27

12.50

Tirano

arr

13.12

13.26

Tirano - St. Moritz / Davos Platz / Chur

Train 9522)

Train 9541)

Tirano

dep

            

14.04

14.33

Poschiavo

dep

14.44

15.13

Alp Grüm

dep

15.27

15.58

Pontresina

arr

1616

16.44

St. Moritz

arr

17.124)

17.124)

Davos Platz

arr

18.293)

18.293)

Tiefencastel

arr

17.32

18.15

Thusis

arr

17.50

18.31

Chur

arr

18.27

19.03

1) Monday to Friday, except gen. national holidays, with no service between 21.12.2013 to 05.01.2014
2) Saturdays/Sundays and national holidays and also 21.12.2013 to 05.01.2014
3) Change in Filisur
4) Change in Pontresina

Summer

Bernina Express timetable summer season: 10 May - 26 October 2014

Chur / Davos Platz / St. Moritz - Tirano

         

Train 961

Train 951

Train 973

Train 975

Chur

dep

                  

08.32

Tiefencastel

dep

09.16

Davos Platz

dep

08.14

Filisur

dep

09.33

Bergün

dep

09.47

Samedan

dep

09.16

St. Moritz

dep

09.29

11.22

15.22

Pontresina

dep

09.52

11.31

15.31

Morteratsch

dep

15.42

Ospizio Bernina

arr

10.19

15.58

Alp Grüm

arr

10.33

11.22

12.09

16.11

Poschiavo

arr

11.13

11.59

12.50

16.50

Le Prese

arr

11.27

12.08

12.58

16.58

Tirano

arr

12.02

12.36

13.26

17.27

Tirano - St. Moritz / Davos Platz / Chur

Train 976

Train 950

Train 960

Train 978

Tirano

dep

10.03

14.04

14.22

15.14

Le Prese

dep

10.30

14.32

14.49

15.38

Poschiavo

dep

10.44

14.44

15.07

15.58

Alp Grüm

dep

11.22

15.27

15.45

Ospizio Bernina

arr

11.31

16.00

16.52

Pontresina

arr

12.05

16.26

17.20

St. Moritz

arr

12.17

16.39

17.30

Samedan

arr

16.24

Bergün

arr

16.58

Filisur

arr

17.17

 Davos Platz

arr

18.08

Tiefencastel

arr

17.32

Chur

arr

18.27

 

Bernina Express Bus

Lugano - Tirano / Tirano - Lugano
The Bernina Express bus runs daily between Lugano and Tirano from 29 March – 26 October 2014:

Bus 5950

Lugano Station

dep

10.00

Tirano Bus Station

arr

13.00

Bus 5951

Tirano Bus Station

dep

14.20

Lugano Station

arr

17.30

Fares

All passengers on the Bernina Express require a seat reservation and a valid ticket.

Seat reservation fees per person and single journey

CHF

Bernina Express in Winter (21.10.2013 - 09.05.2014)

10.00

Bernina Express im Summer (10.05. - 26.10.2014)

14.00

Bernina Express Bus (29.03. - 26.10.2014)

14.00

 

The fare per leg of journey does not include the obligatory seat-reservation. Fares also apply for the opposite direction. Validitiy till 13 December 2014.


CHF


2nd cl.

1st cl.

2nd cl. return

1st cl. return

Chur-Tirano-Lugano

 84.00

  129.00

  168.00

  258.00

Chur-Tirano

60.00

105.00

120.00

210.00

Chur-Poschiavo

53.00

93.00

106.00

186.00

 

Tiefencastel-Tirano-Lugano

71.00

125.00

142.00

250.00

Tiefencastel-Tirano

46.00

81.00

92.00

162.00

Tiefencastel-Poschiavo

39.00

69.00

78.00

138.00

 

Bergün-Tirano

39.00

69.00

78.00

138.00

Bergün-Poschiavo

31.00

55.00

62.00

110.00

 

St. Moritz-Tirano-Lugano

58.00

81.00

116.00

162.00

St. Moritz-Tirano

30.00

53.00

60.00

106.00

St. Moritz-Poschiavo

22.80

40.00

45.60

80.00

 

Pontresina-Tirano-Lugano

53.00

74.00

106.00

148.00

Pontresina-Tirano

27.00

48.00

54.00

96.00

Pontresina-Poschiavo

19.20

33.60

38.40

67.20

 

Davos Platz-Tirano-Lugano

73.00

110.00

146.00

220.00

Davos-Platz-Tirano

49.00

86.00

98.00

172.00

Davos Platz-Poschiavo

41.00

72.00

82.00

144.00

 

Bus Tirano-Lugano

32.00

64.00

Observations

    • GA, half-rate season ticket, day tickets and junior ticket are valid
    • Children aged 6 to 16 pay half fare
    • Children aged under six years are exempted from payment, provided they do not occupy a seat. If a seat is required, children must have both a seat reservation and a valid ticket.
    • Groups of ten persons and more receive a 20% discount, plus one free ticket for every nine paying passengers (The seat reservation must be paid for by each person in any event)
    • Valid passport or ID card required for Tirano (l) border crossing
    • Your free Bernina Express certificate can be obtained at the railway stations of Chur, St. Moritz, Davos, Poschiavo or Tirano
    • We reserve the right to amend faresand timetables

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      Tickets and Seat reservation Bernina Express

      Tickets and Seat reservation Bernina Express Bus

      Further information and tickets are available at any manned RhB railway station or by contacting Railservice (Tel +41 81 288 65 65 / e-mail).

       

      10 and more persons

      Seat reservation for groups (10 and more persons)

      Price quotation for groups (10 and more persons)

      Bernina Express Bus

      Travel with an Italian touch: Travel on the Bernina Express Bus from Tirano, running along the banks of Lake Como to Lugano.