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. 
Travel comfortably on the Bernina Express Bus from Lugano to Tirano. Make your trip on the Bernina Express even more exciting by planning your circular tour via Ticino.

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.

For a touch more Italian flavour: Enjoy a comfortable trip on the Bernina Express Bus from Lugano to Tirano or vice versa from 14.04.2017 to 29.10.2017. Make your trip on the Bernina Express even more exciting by planning a circular tour.

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. Find out more here.

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 cent.

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.

Tirano is where the UNESCO World Heritage site ends and the Valtellina region begins.

With its Mediterranean flair, culture and history, Lugano invites visitors to enjoy sheer indulgent relaxation.

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

Frischer Wind im Bernina Express

Geniessen Sie im Bernina Express vom 3. Juli bis 22. Oktober 2017 die offenen Aussichtswagen auf der Strecke Davos Platz – Tirano und retour. Die fensterlosen Cabrio-Wagen erhöhen das Naturerlebnis. So sind spiegelfreie Fotos von der atemberaubenden Landschaft garantiert!

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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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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.
Find out more here.

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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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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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Bernina Express Bus

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 Tirano. 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 (all year round, daily)
Line 2: Davos Platz - Tirano - Davos Platz (summer season)
Line 3: St. Moritz - Tirano - St. Moritz (summer season)
Line 4: Tirano - St. Moritz - Tirano (summer season)

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. From Lugano you can even journey on comfortably to Milan or Venice.

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.

Furthermore 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.

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

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 (German). 

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 72 hours before departure)

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 13.05.17 - 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

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

 

 

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