Bernina Express

From glaciers to palms

The most spectacular way to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur 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. 

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. Thanks to the modern panoramic cars, you will enjoy unrestricted views of the unspoilt Alpine panorama.

Information Coronavirus

Since 6 November 2020 there are extensive restrictions on public life in the Italian region of Lombardy. For the time being the Bernina Express will only be running to and from Campocologno. The same is true of regional trains and the Bernina Panorama Winter offer. It is recommended travellers embark and disembark in Poschiavo or Le Prese. 

Due to the current situation in Lombardy, an extensive relaxation of these restrictions is not expected until after Christmas. Therefore, the Bernina Express trains 975 and 976 running from 5 December to 7 December 2020 and trains 975 and 972 running from 26 December 2020 to 6 January 2021 between Tirano and St. Moritz will be canceled. Trips already booked for these trains will be canceled and refunded free of charge. Please observe the safety concept for public transport and the regulations on compulsory masks/face coverings.

Further information and notes on booking

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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.

Gourmet delights served to your seat

“Coffee, something sweet or Prosecco!” That’s the cry heard on the Bernina Express as the minibar approaches. Friendly stewards are on hand to serve local specialities and turn a journey in the panoramic car into a true gourmet trip!

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.

Visual

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

Enjoy this unforgettable view of the Palü Glacier, Bernina Range, Bergamasque Alps and all of Valposchiavo! Alp Grüm station is on the border between the German- and Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland – although from a geographical point of view, Alp Grüm belongs to the German-speaking area.

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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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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.

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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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Outstanding service aboard the Bernina Express

Information Coronavirus

Since 6 November 2020 there are extensive restrictions on public life in the Italian region of Lombardy. For the time being the Bernina Express will only be running to and from Campocologno. The same is true of regional trains and the Bernina Panorama Winter offer. It is recommended travellers embark and disembark in Poschiavo or Le Prese. 

Due to the current situation in Lombardy, an extensive relaxation of these restrictions is not expected until after Christmas. Therefore, the Bernina Express trains 975 and 976 running from 5 December to 7 December 2020 and trains 975 and 972 running from 26 December 2020 to 6 January 2021 between Tirano and St. Moritz will be canceled. Trips already booked for these trains will be canceled and refunded free of charge. Please observe the safety concept for public transport and the regulations on compulsory masks/face coverings.  

Ticket office 
Any existing bookings which were made at a ticket office have to be cancelled by customers at the point of sale.

Web shop 
Seats that were booked through the web shop can be cancelled free of charge as well. For the refund, please contact our Railservice by email (railservice@rhb.ch).

Reseller bookings
Existing bookings on non-operating trains are cancelled automatically.

Travelling safely on public transport
The protection of passengers and employees continues to be the top priority. The cleaning of the trains has been intensified. Several times a day, contact surfaces and surfaces such as handrails, buttons, tables, armrests and toilets are cleaned and disinfected. Cleaning is also carried out more frequently at the stations. Passengers also have the opportunity to wash their hands in the open WC facilities at the stations in accordance with the regulations. Disinfectant dispensers have been installed at staffed stations. 

In accordance with the FOPH guidelines, a hygiene mask must be worn for public transport from the age of 12. Passengers are responsible for having and wearing a protective mask. Passengers buy tickets online, in apps or from vending machines and pay contactlessly at ticket counters. The protection concept of public transport is based on the personal responsibility and solidarity of the travellers. If they adhere to the measures described above, they can travel safely on Swiss public transport.


Safety conept public transport

FAQ Safety concept Bernina Express

Lines

Bernina Express Zug

Strecke:

  • Chur – Tirano – Chur (ganzjährig, täglich)
  • St. Moritz – Tirano – St. Moritz (Sommer, Do-So)
  • Tirano – St. Moritz – Tirano (Sommer, Do-So)

Bernina Express Bus
The panoramic bus operates on the following route:

Lugano - Tirano - Lugano

Extend your trip on the Bernina Express Bus and turn it into a circular tour via Ticino.

Prices and seat reservation required

Seat reservation required

Seat reservations on the Bernina Express and on the Bernina Express Bus are obligatory. Book now online, by phone on +41 81 288 65 65, or at any railway ticket office in Europe (at the earliest three months prior to travel if booking by phone or at a railway ticket office). 

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
Season A: 
01.06. - 30.09.2021
Season B:
01.03. - 31.05.2021/01.10. - 31.10.2021
Season C: 
01.11.2020 - 28.02.2021/01.11-11.12.2021


CHF 16.00

CHF 14.00

CHF 10.00
Bernina Express Bus 
Season A: 
01.06. - 30.09.2021
Season B:
01.03. - 31.05.2021/01.10. - 31.10.2021
Season C: 
13.12.2020-28.02.2021/01.11.-11.12.2021


CHF 16.00

CHF 14.00

CHF 10.00

  • 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. 
  • The Davos-Klosters-Card is not valid on the Bernina Express.

 

Price per leg of journey (surcharge excluded)

Journey from Chur

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
Chur - TiranoCHF 63.00CHF 111.00CHF 126.00CHF 222.00
Chur - PoschiavoCHF 56.00CHF 98.00CHF 112.00CHF 196.00

 

Journey from St. Moritz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
St. Moritz - TiranoCHF 32.00CHF 56.00CHF 64.00CHF 112.00
  • 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. 
  • The Davos-Klosters-Card is not valid on the Bernina Express.

Timetable 2020

Due to the current restrictions in Lombardy, the Bernina Express trains 975 and 976 running from 5 December to 7 December 2020 and trains 975 and 972 running from 26 December 2020 to 6 January 2021 between Tirano and St. Moritz will be canceled. Only the Bernina Express 953 and 952 runs between Chur and Campocologno.

Chur - Campocologno

StationTrain 953

Chur

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.32
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.18
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.33
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.47
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.22
Bernina Diavolezzaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.40
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
10.59
Poschiavo     an
     arr.
12.01
Le Prese     an
     arr.
12.20
Campocologno      an
     arr.
12.41

Campocologno - Chur

StationTrain 952
Campocologno ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.34
Le Prese ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.54
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.09
Alp Grüm an
  arr.
15.45
Pontresina  ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.16
Bergün ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
17.04
Filisur ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
17.18
Tiefencastel     an
     arr.
17.32
Chur     an
     arr.
18.19

Timetable 2021

As a precautionary measure due to the current Covid-19 situation, the two trains 973/976 will not be bookable until early February 2021.  

Chur / St. Moritz - Tirano

StationTrain 9713Train 9512Train 9733Train 9553Train 9751

Chur

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.3213.30
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.1814.27
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.33
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.4714.57
St. Moritzab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.1713.1716.14
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.2810.2213.2815.4116.23
Bernina Diavolezzaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.4016.0516.39
Ospizio Berninaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.1916.52
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
10.0610.5914.0716.2817.00
Poschiavo     an
     arr.
10.5412.0114.5317.1618.00
Le Prese     an
     arr.
11.0212.2015.0117.31
Tirano      an
     arr.
11.3212.4915.3117.5918.39

1 Runs 02.04. - 07.05.2021, 08.05. - 31.10.2021, 04.12. - 08.12.2021

Runs all year round

Runs 08.05. - 31.10.2021

Tirano - St. Moritz / Tirano

StationTrain 9503Train 9721Train 9743Train 9522Train 9763
Tiranoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.0610.0713.1714.2416.07
Le Prese ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.3510.4113.4414.5416.40
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.4710.5013.5715.0916.49
Alp Grümab / dep. 
part. / dép
09.4811.4214.5915.4417.42
Ospizio Bernina     an
     arr.
09.56
Bernina Diavolezza     an
     arr.
11.5915.15
Pontresina  ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.2812.2415.3416.2118.15
St. Moritz     an
     arr.
12.3515.4518.25
Bergün ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
11.1117.03
Filisur ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
11.2517.17
Tiefencastel     an
     arr.
11.4217.31
Chur     an
     arr.
12.4318.19

Runs 02.04. - 07.05.2021, 08.05. - 31.10.2021, 04.12. - 08.12.2021

Runs all year round

Runs 08.05. - 31.10.2021

Operating times Bernina Express Bus

Line: Lugano – Tirano – Lugano 

The Bernina Express Bus service will resume on 18 February 2021.

5950159511
Luganodep 10.00arr 17.30
Tiranoarr 13.00dep 14.20

1) Runs:  18.02. - 28.03.2021 (Thu-Sun)
01.04. - 31.10.2021 (daily)
04.11. - 28.11.2021 (Thu-Sun)

Sales

Book now online, by calling the RhB Railservice on +41 81 288 65 65, or at any manned railway station in Europe (at the earliest three months prior to travel if booking by phone or at a railway station).

Quotation request for groups (10 or more persons)

Free Wi-Fi

Chatting, sending photos or spontaneously booking a hotel room – you can now use the free Wi-Fi during your trip on the Bernina Express.

This is how to connect up to the Wi-Fi
Connect up to the Wi-Fi network «InfoTrainment»
Call up the website www.infotrainment.ch in your browser
Accept the General Terms & Conditions
Click the «Internet» tile on the overview page
Register using your mobile phone number
Use the free Wi-Fi throughout your journey on the Bernina Express

Please note: Mobile phone coverage in the Alps/along the route is limited and we cannot guarantee an Internet connection. Have fun surfing.

InfoT(r)ainment

Free of charge in first and second class: Bernina Express InfoT(r)ainment

Your personal travel companion with audio guide. Call up the InfoT(r)ainment system free of charge on your smartphone or tablet. The digital travel companion provides you with interesting stories and information, shows you the route live on the map and provides information at all times on how fast the train is going on the UNESCO World Heritage route. Find out more here.

Tip: Headphones are available at the minibar for just CHF 2.00.

Refreshments

Just what you're looking for: on the Bernina Express, the roving minibar has delicacies to suit all tastes. Fine regional snacks and refreshing drinks are served directly at your seat. You will find the current Bernina Express menu here

This train does not have a restaurant car. Lunch is available in Poschiavo or in Tirano (Italy).

Fresh from the region and served directly at your seat: providing you order in advance, our on-board personnel will be happy to serve cold platters of regional delicacies. Would you like to treat yourself to these culinary delights or perhaps surprise your friends and family on their trip on the Bernina Express with one of our platters? Book here (at least 48 hours before departure)

A traditional blast: Legend has it that the blasting of the train’s whistle was once used to order after-work drinks. Read about the legend of the “blast” here. Our on-board personnel will be happy to take your order. The train driver will take care of the rest.

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. 

Gift voucher

A fascinatingly different gift.
Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Why not give them an unforgettable experience with the Rhaetian Railway!

Border crossing

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

 

 

Travelling with a disability

The Rhaetian Railway does everything it can to make travelling by train as pleasant an experience as possible for people with impaired mobility. And that also includes the journey on the Bernina Express. We recommend the following procedure for booking and organising your trip: 

Option 1
There are special seats available on the Bernina Express for passengers with impaired mobility who cannot leave their wheelchair. These seats must be booked using our Railservice by calling +41 81 288 65 65 or sending an e-mail to railservice(at)rhb.ch 

Option 2
Passengers with impaired mobility who can leave their wheelchairs can book their seats themselves at a station or online. 

In both cases it is important that the passenger pre-orders the boarding and alighting assistance from the SBB Call Center Handicap by calling 0800 007 102 or sending an e-mail to mobil(at)sbb.ch  

Further information on travelling with a disability

Dogs

Dogs are allowed on Bernina Express trains. Please make sure you have the necessary documents with you for crossing the border into Italy.

A dog does not need a reservation. Depending on the size of your dog, you may need a special dog ticket. Please look here for more information.