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 to 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. 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 to Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. A brand name.

For a touch more Italian flavour: travel 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.


Der Bernina Express auf dem Kreisviadukt in Brusio. Bild: Christof Sonderegger

The Brusio Circular Viaduct is a true masterpiece of bridge engineering on the Bernina Line. It was built to limit the gradient of the line to just 7 per mille.

Der Bernina Express bei Ràsica in Tirano, im Hintergrund die Kirche San Rocco. Bild: Christoph Benz

The route passes through a varied terrain of orchards, chestnut trees and vineyards on its way to Tirano in Italy.

Der Bernina Express auf dem Berninapass, links im Bild der Lago Bianco. Bild: Andrea Badrutt

Lago Bianco is a watershed. To the south, the waters flow into the Adriatic and to the east, into the Black Sea.

Der Bernina Express bei Bergün. Bild: Erik Süsskind

The line is harmoniously embedded in the surrounding landscape. Railway and nature blend into one.

Der Bernina Express in der Montebellokurve. Bild: Erik Süsskind

The Montebello Curve is one of the most widely photographed subjects on the Bernina Line.

Der Bernina Express auf dem Landwasserviadukt bei Filisur. Bild: Tibert Keller

The 136-metre-long Landwasser Viaduct is the signature structure of the Rhaetian Railway.

Der Bernina Express im Domleschg, im Hintergrund die Burg Ortenstein. Bild: Foto Geiger

The Domleschg Valley is one of the regions in Switzerland to boast the most castles.

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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.

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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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.

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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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GenussReise am Sitzplatz

„Kaffee, Totenbeinli, Nusstörtli oder Prosecco!“. So tönt es, wenn die Bernina Express Minibar anrollt. Unterwegs servieren aufgestellte Stewards einheimische Spezialitäten und machen aus der Fahrt im Panoramawagen eine richtige GenussReise!

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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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Valtellina

The Alpine valley in the north of Italy is known for its winter sports and its wine. Bormio, Chiesa and Val Masion are popular with skiers and climbers. Having gone slightly out of fashion last century, Veltliner wine is now back in demand – particularly in neighbouring Switzerland.

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Lines

Bernina Express train

Line 1: Chur - Tirano - Chur
Line 2: Davos Platz - Tirano - Davos Platz
Line 3: St. Moritz - Tirano - St. Moritz

Bernina Express Bus

Lugano - Tirano - Lugano

Seat reservation required

Seat reservation is required and may only be made three months prior to the journey at the earliest. Please book your seat in good time online, by telephoning No. +41 81 288 65 65 or by enquiring at the ticket office of any railway station in Europe. A small charge is made for the reservation.

Prices

Seat reservation required

Bernina Express in winter

27.10.2014 - 08.05.2015

CHF 10.00

Bernina Express in summer

09.05.2015 - 25.10.2015

CHF 14.00

Bernina Express Bus

28.03.2015 - 25.10.2015

CHF 14.00

Price per trip

from Chur

2nd Class1st Class2nd Class, return1st Class, return

Chur - Tirano - Lugano           

CHF 87.00CHF 134.00CHF 174.00CHF 268.00
Chur - TiranoCHF 62.00CHF 190.00CHF 124.00CHF 218.00
Chur - PoschiavoCHF 55.00CHF 97.00CHF 110.00CHF 194.00

 

from Davos Platz

2nd Class1st Class2nd Class, return1st Class, return
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

 

from St. Moritz

2nd Class1st Class2nd Class, return1st Class, return
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 - PoschiavoCHF 23.40CHF 41.00CHF 46.80CHF 82.00
  • We reserve the right to modify our prices.
  • Prices are understood per person, incl. VAT, without additional charges
  • Half price for children between the ages of 6 and 16. Additional charge for seat reservation must be paid in full.
  • Half-fare cards, GA travelcards, one-day cards, one-day cards issued by the local commune, junior cards, Swiss passes, Eurrail and Interrail passes are all accepted. Additional charge for the seat reservation must be paid in full.

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 Tirano (Italy).

Border crossing

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

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)

Timetable 09.05.15 - 25.10.15

Chur / Davos / St. Moritz / Pontresina - 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 Bernina2dep

-

--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
-
1:26 pm
-
5:32 pm
-
-
2:20 pm
Luganoarr----5:30 pm

Boarding stop
Alighting stop
*Bernina Express Bus: 28.03 - 25.10.2015

Lugano - Tirano - Pontresina / 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

11:21 am
-

-
3:25 pm
-
3:44 pm
-
-
Ospizio Bernina1

arr
11:48 am3:33 pm-4:50 pm
Pontresina2 arr
dep
12:24 am
-
4:00 pm
-
4:16 pm
4:21 pm
5:19 pm
5:22 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
--5.50 pm-
Churarr
--6.20 pm-

Boarding stop
Alighting stop
*Bernina Express Bus: 28.03. - 25.10.2015

Timetable 26.10.15 - 12.12.15

Chur - Tirano - Lugano

Train 9511Train 9532
Churdep.8:32 am

8:58 am

Domat /Ems3dep.-9:04 am
Reichenau-Tamins3dep.-9:08 am
Thusis3dep.-9:30 am
Tiefencastel3

dep.

9:18 am9:47 am
Filisur3dep.9:33 am10:02 am
Bergün3dep.9:47 am

10:14 am

Samedan3dep.-10:49 am
Pontresina3arr.
dep.
10:19 am
10:21 am
-
11:04 am
Ospizio Bernina4arr.-

11:29 am

Alp Grüm4arr.10:57 am11:40 am
Poschiavo4arr.
dep.
12:00 am
12:08 am
12:22 am
-
Le Prese4arr.12:16 am12:29 am
Tiranoarr.
dep.
12:45 am
-
1:00 pm
-
Luganoarr.--

1 Only saturday/ sunday/ public holidays
2 Only monday- friday, without public holidays
3 Boarding stop
4 Alighting stop

Lugano - Tirano - Chur

Train  9501Train  9542
Luganodep.--
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

4:13 pm
Ospizio Bernina3

dep.

-4:20 pm
Pontresinaarr.
dep.
4:16 pm
4:21 pm
4:52 pm
-
Samedan4arr.

-

5:08 pm
Bergün4arr.5:04 pm5:47 pm
Filisur4arr.5:18 pm5:59 pm
Tiefencastel4arr.

5:31 pm

6:14 pm
Thusis4arr.5:50 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

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