Bernina Express

From glaciers to palms

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.

Now available free of charge and exclusively in first class: Bernina Express InfoT(r)ainment
Your personal travel companion with audio guide. Call up the new 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.

For a touch more Italian flavour: Travel from 14.04.2017 to 29.10.2017 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.
In order to experience more interesting facts about your journey, the PostAuto app with audio guide is now available for free. Find more information here.

Tip: Surprise friends and family on your journey on the Bernina Express with a little present, you can book one of our surprise packages here. The crew will bring it directly to your seat.

Tip: Book your Bernina Express trip incl. Hotel accomodation. Attractive packages here.

Die Montebellokurve gehört zu den meistfotografiertesten Sujet der Berninalinie.

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

Der Bernina Express auf dem Berninapass mit dem Lago Bianco und Piz Cambrena im Hintergrund. Bild: Erik Süsskind

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 unterwegs zwischen dem Ospizio Bernina und der Station Lagalb. Bild: Andrea Badrutt

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

Der Bernina Express nahe der Station Alp Grüm mit Aussicht ins Puschlav. Bild: Andrea Badrutt

From Alp Grüm, you will find a breath-taking panorama of the Poschiavo Valley, all the way off to the Bergamasker Alps in the distance.

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

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Chur

The magic of the mountains or vibrant city life? The oldest town in Switzerland offers both. Picturesque lanes and snow-covered peaks, modern shopping centres and unspoilt natural beauty, trendy restaurants and interesting museums. That's simply Chur: the first city of the Alps.

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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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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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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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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

The panoramic bus operates on the following route:

Lugano - Tirano - Lugano

For more information on the hours of operation and where you can board and disembark, see the timetable.

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 summer

05.05.2016 - 23.10.2016

CHF 14.00

Bernina Express in winter

24.10.2016 - 12.05.2017

CHF 10.00

Bernina Express Bus

14.04.2107 - 29.10.2017

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. 
  • 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 - Tirano - Lugano            

CHF 89.00CHF 137.00CHF 178.00CHF 274.00
Chur - TiranoCHF 64.00CHF 112.00CHF 128.00CHF 224.00
Chur - PoschiavoCHF 56.00CHF 98.00CHF 112.00CHF 196.00
Chur - Le PreseCHF 59.00CHF 104.00CHF 118.00CHF 208.00

 

Journey from Davos Platz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
Davos Platz - Tirano - LuganoCHF 77.00CHF 116.00CHF 154.00CHF 232.00
Davos Platz - TiranoCHF 51.00CHF 90.00CHF 102.00CHF 180.00
Davos Platz - PoschiavoCHF 44.00CHF 77.00CHF 88.00CHF 154.00
Davos Platz - Le PreseCHF 46.00 CHF 81.00CHF 92.00CHF 162.00

 

Journey from St. Moritz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
St. Moritz - Tirano - LuganoCHF 61.00CHF 85.00CHF 122.00CHF 170.00
St. Moritz - TiranoCHF 32.00CHF 56.00CHF 64.00CHF 112.00
St. Moritz - Poschiavo

CHF 24.00

CHF 42.00CHF 48.00CHF 84.00
St. Moritz - Le PreseCHF 26.00CHF 46.00CHF 52.00

CHF 92.00

  • 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.

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)

InfoT(r)ainment

Now available free of charge and exclusively in first class: Bernina Express InfoT(r)ainment

Your personal travel companion with audio guide. Call up the new 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.

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. In addition, 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.

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.

Tip: Book your Bernina Express trip incl. Hotel accomodation. Attractive packages here.

Timetable 11.12.2016 - 12.05.2017

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

StationTrain 951aTrain 953b

Chur

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.3208.58
Domat/Emsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.041
Reichenau/Taminsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.081
Thusisab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.301
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.1809.471
           Davos Platz 3ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.3109.31
           Filisur     an
     arr.
08.5609.56
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.33110.021
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.47110.141
Samedanab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.48410.481
          St. Moritz 4ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.4810.48
          Pontresina     an
     arr.
09.5810.58
Pontresina     an
     arr.
10.1910.55
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.2111.04
Ospizio Bernina     an
     arr.
-11.292
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
10.57211.402
Poschiavo     an
     arr.
12.0012.222
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
12.08-
Le Prese     an
     arr.
12.16212.302
Tirano     an
     arr.
12.4513.00
Bus Tirano - Lugano (14.04.2017 - 29.10.2017)
Tiranoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.2014.20
Lugano     an
     arr.
17.3017.30

a) Sat/Sun and general holidays as well as 27./28./29./30.12.2016

b) Mon–Fri except general holidays and except 27./28./29./30.12.2016

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

3) Change train in Filisur

4) Change train in Pontresina

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

Bus Lugano – Tirano (14.04.2017 - 29.10.2017)
Lugano  ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.00
Tirano     an
     arr.
13.00
StationTrain 950aTrain 954b

Tirano

 ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.2615.00
Le Prese ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.55115.261
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.09115.371
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
-16.12
Alp Grümab / dep. 
part. / dép.
15.44116.14
Ospizio Berninaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-16.211
Pontresina     an
     arr.
16.16216.522
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
16.212-
        Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
17.0117.01
        St. Moritz 4ab / dep. 
part. / dép
.
17.1117.11
Samedan     an
     arr.
17.08 417.082
Bergün     an
     arr.
17.04217.472
Filisur     an
     arr.
17.17217.592
        Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép
.
18.0418.04
        Davos Platz 3     an
     arr.
18.2918.29
Tiefencastel     an
     arr.
17.31218.152
Thusis     an
     arr.
17.50218.302
Reichenau-Tamins     an
     arr.
-18.51
Domat/Ems     an
     arr.
--
Chur     an
     arr.
18.2019.03

a) Sat/Sun and general holidays as well as 27./28./29./30.12.2016

b) Mon–Fri except general holidays and except 27./28./29./30.12.2016

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

3) Change train in Filisur

4) Change train in Pontresina

Timetable 13.05.17 - 29.10.17

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

StationTrain 973Train 951Train 961aTrain 975

Chur

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-08.32--
Domat/Emsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
----
Reichenau/Taminsab / dep. 
part. / dép.
----
Thusisab / dep. 
part. / dép.
----
Tiefencastelab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.18--
Davos Platzab / dep. 
part. / dép.
--09.53-
Filisurab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.33110.161-
Bergünab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-09.47110.291-
Samedanab / dep. 
part. / dép.
--11.091-
Pontresina     an
     arr.
-10.19--
St. Moritzab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.30--15.12
Pontresinaab / dep. 
part. / dép.
09.41110.2111.17115.211
Ospizio Bernina     an
     arr.
---15.51
Alp Grüm     an
     arr.
10.13210.57211.57216.00
Poschiavo     an
     arr.
11.12212.0012.48216.482
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-12.08--
Le Prese     an
     arr.
11.31212.16213.01217.012
Tirano     an
     arr.
12.0012.4513.3217.32
Bus Tirano - Lugano (14.04.2017 - 29.10.2017)
Tiranoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.20
Luganoan
arr.
17.30

a) 25.05.2017 - 22.10.2017

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

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

Bus Lugano – Tirano (14.04.2014 - 29.10.2017)
Luagnoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.00
Tiranoan
arr.
13.00
StationTrain 976Train 974Train 950Train 9601

Tirano

ab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.0314.0314.2615.12
Le Preseab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.41114.35114.55115.391
Poschiavoan
arr.
10.48--15.47
Poschiavoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.4914.49115.09115.57
Alp Grüman
arr.
11.252---
Alp Grümab / dep. 
part. / dép.
-15.24115.441-
Ospizio Berninaan
arr.
11.48215.331-16.501
Pontresinaan
arr.
12.24216.02216.16217.192
St. Moritzan
arr.
12.3616.20--
Samedanan
arr.
---17.272
Bergünan
arr.
--17.04218.042
Filisuran
arr.
--17.17218.182
Davos Platzan
arr.
---18.46
Tiefencastelan
arr.
--17.312-
Thusisan
arr.
--17.502-
Reichenau-Taminsan
arr.
----
Churan
arr.
--18.20-

a) 25.05.2017 - 22.10.2017

1) Boarding stop

2) Alighting stop

Now available free of charge and exclusively in first class: Bernina Express InfoT(r)ainment
Your personal travel companion with audio guide. Call up the new 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.

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