Bernina Express

From glaciers to palms

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One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur / Davos / St. Moritz -
Valposchiavo - Tirano links up regions with different languages and cultures. This is not a rack railway and the train winds its way gently through splendid scenery. For a touch more Italian flavour, the journey continues on through picturesque Valtellina and past Lake Como to Lugano with the modern Bernina Express Bus. One of the highlights is the panoramic journey through the UNESCO World Heritage RhB.

On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds bridges between regions with different languages and cultures.

The railway is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscapes around the Albula and Bernina Passes. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and inclines of up to 70 per mille with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 metres above sea level, you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive. The railway line from Thusis - Valposchiavo - Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. A brand name.

Tip: Discover the many sides of Valposchiavo. The valley in the southern Alps is a great place to enjoy lengthy hikes, leisurely strolls and fine regional specialities. Explore the historic heart of Poschiavo, centred around its pleasant piazza, and discover various aspects of the valley's history in one of the museums or the colourful "Spanish Quarter" built by returning emigrants. Soaking up the beautiful scenery at the Lago di Poschiavo makes a fitting end to a memorable trip.

For a touch more Italian flavour: Travel from 25 March until 23 October 2016 comfortably on the Bernina Express Bus from Tirano to Lugano. Tirano is the departure point for the journey through the picturesque landscape of Valtellina – an Italian valley famous for its wines. Gaze out over pretty bays and charming little fishing villages as you travel along the shores of Lake Como. The narrow roads that hug the shores of Lake Lugano bring us on into Switzerland and our destination, Lugano.

On-board library: When the view through the oversized windows is less than spectacular the RhB panorama carriages offer another means of passing the time. Passengers in the panorama carriages of the Bernina Express have the possibility of borrowing inspiring and educational books from the new on-board library. The selection of books is extensive and is being continuously optimised.

Bernina Express & Hotel

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Die Montebellokurve gehört zu den meistfotografiertesten Sujet der Berninalinie.
Der Bernina Express auf dem Berninapass mit dem Lago Bianco und Piz Cambrena im Hintergrund. Bild: Erik Süsskind
Der Bernina Express unterwegs zwischen dem Ospizio Bernina und der Station Lagalb. Bild: Andrea Badrutt
Der Bernina Express nahe der Station Alp Grüm mit Aussicht ins Puschlav. Bild: Andrea Badrutt

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When you travel on the Bernina Express, you will enjoy one highlight after another. There is everything from impressive constructions to spectacular views.

Alp Grüm

The view from here is unforgettable: the Palü Glacier, Bernina Range, Bergamasque Alps and all Valposchiavo. On the sunny terrace of the Restaurant Alp Grüm, the owner serves genuine pizzocheri – the legendary buckwheat noodles – made to his own special recipe.

Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route

The Albula and Bernina section of track is a masterpiece in terms of civil engineering and routing. Landscape and railway blend into one: in wide radiuses, ingenious man-made structures punctuate rugged valleys. The Landwasser Viaduct, the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda and the Brusio Circular Viaduct all stand testimony to the early, pioneering days of the railway.

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Landwasser Viaduct

The viaduct at Filisur spans the Landwasser Valley and leads directly into a tunnel. The construction of the three main pillars in 1901/02 was an outstanding architectural feat, considering that the viaduct was built using only two cranes and without scaffolding. This is the most spectacular landmark on the Rhaetian Railway and it has become famous the world over.

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Ospizio Bernina

The highest point on the RhB is situated 2,253 metres above sea level. The watershed between Lago Bianco and Lej Nair is also the language frontier between the Romansh-speaking Engadine and the Italian-speaking Valposchiavo. The Bistro Albergo at the railway station was renovated in 2013 and serves tasty snacks at teatime.

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Poschiavo

The picturesque village of Poschiavo is dominated by three towers: the Romanesque tower of the Catholic Church, the Baroque tower of the Reformed Church and the medieval tower of the town hall. The landlords of the typical Graubünden restaurants in the village take pride in their delicious Pizzoccheri. A glass of Veltliner will also stand you in good stead. Viva!

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Lago di Poschiavo

Situated in Le Prese, this fairytale lake is a popular destination for walkers. A flat, 7km hiking trail leads around the lake. The lake was formed by a prehistoric landslide and its turquoise waters and pretty coves are truly spectacular.

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Brusio Circular Viaduct

This viaduct turns round a 360-degree curve, lengthening the track so that it is possible to overcome the difference in altitude in the narrow Valposchiavo. The Brusio Circular Viaduct is considered the most spectacular construction on the Bernina Line.

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Bernina Express Bus

Following a tasty lunch in Tirano, the Bernina Express Bus is ready and waiting to take passengers on a leisurely drive through the picturesque landscape of Valtellina, past Lake Como, where many stars own holiday homes and Hollywood films are shot, to Lugano. With its Mediterranean flair, the destination steeped in culture and history invites visitors to enjoy sheer indulgent relaxation. 

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Prices

Seat reservation required

A supplement is charged for the reservation in addition to the price of a valid ticket. The supplement per person and leg of journey is:

Bernina Express in winter

26.10.2015 - 04.05.2016

CHF 10.00

Bernina Express in summer

05.05.2016 - 23.10.2016

CHF 14.00

Bernina Express Bus

25.03.2016 - 23.10.2016

CHF 14.00
  • Prices subject to change.
  • Children aged 6 to 16 pay half the fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 occupying a seat of their own pay half the standard fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 not occupying a seat of their own travel free.  
  • Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss travelpasses are all valid. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full. 

 

 

Price per leg of journey (surcharge excluded)

Journey from Chur

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back

Chur - Tirano - Lugano           

CHF 87.00CHF 134.00CHF 174.00CHF 268.00
Chur - TiranoCHF 62.00CHF 109.00CHF 124.00CHF 218.00
Chur - PoschiavoCHF 55.00CHF 97.00CHF 110.00CHF 194.00
Chur - Le Prese CHF 57.00CHF 100.00CHF 114.00CHF 200.00

 

Journey from Davos Platz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
Davos Platz - Tirano - LuganoCHF 75.00CHF 113.00CHF 150.00CHF 226.00
Davos Platz - TiranoCHF 50.00CHF 88.00CHF 100.00CHF 176.00
Davos Platz - PoschiavoCHF 42.00CHF 74.00CHF 84.00CHF 148.00
Davos Platz - Le PreseCHF 45.00 CHF 79.00CHF 90.00CHF 158.00

 

Journey from St. Moritz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
St. Moritz - Tirano - LuganoCHF 60.00CHF 84.00CHF 120.00CHF 168.00
St. Moritz - TiranoCHF 31.00CHF 55.00CHF 62.00CHF 110.00
St. Moritz - Poschiavo

CHF 23.40

CHF 41.00CHF 46.80CHF 82.00
St. Moritz - Le PreseCHF 25.00CHF 44.00CHF 50.00

CHF 88.00

  • Prices subject to change.
  • Prices VAT included, without supplement.
  • Children aged 6 to 16 pay half the fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 occupying a seat of their own pay half the standard fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 not occupying a seat of their own travel free.  
  • Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss travelpasses are all valid. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full. 

Tickets / seat reservations

You can purchase your ticket and reserve your seat for the Bernina Express and the Bernina Express Bus online at our Ticket Shop.

You can also obtain tickets and further information at all manned stations of the Rhaetian Railway or from Railservice, tel. No. +41 81 288 65 65 as well as by filling in the contact form.

Quotation request for groups (10 or more persons)

Observation-car

Panoramic view through the very large windows; generously equipped, air-conditioned carriages. Our comfortable observation-cars have 1st- and 2nd-class sections.

The first class observation-cars have spacious and comfortable single or double seats. As there are fewer passengers in these carriages, your trip will be quieter and more relaxed.

The second-class observation cars have comfortable double seats with plenty of leg room.

Refreshments

In the Bernina Express there is a minibar service offering tasty snacks and refreshing drinks. This train does not have a restaurant car. Lunch is available in Poschiavo or in Tirano (Italy).

Souvenir

Take a piece of your holiday home with you and revel in unforgettable memories. You're sure to find a suitable memento or gift in our souvenir shop

Border crossing

If you are travelling to Tirano and/or Lugano you will need a passport or identity card to cross the border.

Timetable 13.12.15 - 04.05.16 & 24.10.16 - 10.12.16

Chur / Davos / St. Moritz – Poschiavo / Le Prese / Tirano

Train 9511Train 9532
Churdep.8:32 am

8:58 am

Domat /Emsdep.-9:04 am
Reichenau-Taminsdep.-9:08 am
Thusisdep.-9:30 am
Tiefencastel

dep.

9:18 am9:47 am
Davos Platzdep.8:31 am39:31 am3
Filisurdep.9:33 am10:02 am
Bergündep.9:47 am

10:14 am

Samedandep.9:48 am410:48 am
St. Moritzdep.9:48 am410:48 am4
Pontresinadep.10:21 am11:04 am
Ospizio Berninaarr.-

11:29 am

Alp Grümarr.10:57 am11:40 am
Poschiavoarr.12:00 am12:22 am
Le Prese4arr.12:16 am12:29 am
Tiranoarr.12:45 am1:00 pm

1 Only saturday/ sunday/ public holidays
2 Only monday- friday, without public holidays
3 Change in Filisur
4 Change in Pontresina

Tirano / Poschiavo / Le Prese – St. Moritz / Davos / Chur

Train  9501Train  9542
Tiranoarr.
dep.

-
2:26 pm

-
3:00 pm

Le Prese3dep.2:55 pm3:25 pm
Poschiavo3dep.

3:09 pm

3:37 pm
Alp Grüm3dep.

3:44 pm

4:14 pm
Ospizio Bernina3

dep.

-4:21 pm
Pontresinaarr.
dep.
4:16 pm
4:21 pm
4:52 pm
-
St. Moritzarr.5:11 pm 55:11 pm 5
Samedan4arr.

5:08 pm 5

5:08 pm
Bergün4arr.5:04 pm5:47 pm
Filisur4arr.5:17 pm5:59 pm
Davos Platzarr.6:29 pm 66:29 pm 6
Tiefencastel4arr.

5:31 pm

6:15 pm
Thusis4arr.5:49 pm6:30 pm
Reichenau-Tamins4arr.-6:51 pm
Domat/Ems4arr.
dep.
--
Churarr.6:20 pm7:03 pm

1 Only saturday/ sunday/ public holidays
2 Only monday - friday, without public holidays
3 Boarding stop
4 Alighting stop
5 Change train in Pontresina
6 Change train in Filisur

Timetable 05.05.16 - 23.10.16

Chur / Davos / St. Moritz – Poschiavo / Le Prese / Tirano – Lugano

Train 973Train 951Train 961Train 975Bernina Express Bus*
Churdep

-

8:32 am

--
Tiefencastel1

dep

-9:18 am--
Davosdep--09:53 am-
Filisur1dep-9:33 am10:16 am-
Bergün1dep

-

9:47 am10:29 am-
Samedan1dep--11:09 am-
St. Moritzdep9:30 am--3:12 pm
Pontresina1arr
dep
-
9:41 am
10:19 am
10:21 am
-
11:17 am
-
3:21 pm
Ospizio Bernina2arr

-

--3:51 pm
Alp Grüm2arr
dep
10:13 am
-
10:57 am
-
11:57 am
-
4:00 pm
4:01 pm
Poschiavo2arr
dep
11:12 am
-
12:00 am
12:08 am
12:48 am
-
4:48 pm
-
Le Prese2arr12:31 am12:16 am1:01 pm5:01 pm
Tiranoarr
dep
12:00 am
-
12:45 am
-
1:32 pm
-
5:32 pm
-
-
2:20 pm
Luganoarr----5:30 pm

Boarding stop
Alighting stop
*Bernina Express Bus: 25.03 - 23.10.2016

Lugano – Tirano / Poschiavo / Le Prese – St. Moritz / Davos / Chur

Train 976
Train 974
Train 950
Train 960
Bernina Express Bus*
Lugano dep----10:00 am
Tirano
arr
dep

-
10:03 am

-
2:03 pm

-
2:26 pm
-
3:12 pm
1:00 pm
-
Le Prese1 dep 10:41 am2:41 pm2:55 pm3:36 pm
Poschiavo1 arr
dep

10:48 am
10:49 am

-
2:49 pm
-
3:09 pm
3:47 pm
3:57 pm
Alp Grüm1 arr
dep

11:25 am
-

-
3:24 pm
-
3:44 pm
-
-
Ospizio Bernina1

arr
11:48 am3:33 pm-4:50 pm
Pontresina2 arr12:24 am4:02 pm4:16 pm5:19 pm
St. Moritz arr12:36 am4:20 pm--
Samedan2 arr

-

--5:27 pm
Bergün2 arr
--5:04 pm6:04 pm
Filisur2 arr
--5:18 pm6:18 pm
Davos arr
---6:46 pm
Tiefencastel2 arr

-

-5.31 pm-
Thusis2 arr
--5.49 pm-
Churarr
--6.20 pm-

Boarding stop
Alighting stop
*Bernina Express Bus: 25.03. - 23.10.2016

Bernina Express & Hotel

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