Bernina Express

From glaciers to palms

The most spectacular way 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. 

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.

Tip: Extend your Bernina Express trip with a "Grand Train Tour of Switzerland". An unrivalled route combines the most beautiful panoramic sections of railway in Switzerland. In total the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland combines eight different routes. Over about 1,280 kilometres, the highlights of Swiss public transport can be experienced all year round. Find out more about the tour here mySwitzerland.com/grandtraintour.

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.

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

Die Bernina Exrpess Panoramawagen beim Lago Bianco.

Thanks to the large panoramic windows, you enjoy unimpeded views of the Swiss Alps.

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 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.

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.

Ein Allegra-Triebzug mit Panoramawagen auf dem Landwasserviadukt bei Filisur. Bild: Erik Süsskind

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

Kreisviadukt Brusio im Winter

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.

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.

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 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. 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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Exzellenter Serivce an Bord des Bernina Express Zugs

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.

Prices and seat reservation required

Seat reservation required

Seat reservations on the Bernina Express and on the Bernina Express Bus are obligatory and can be made at the earliest three months before your journey. 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
09.12.2018 - 01.03.2019
02.03.2019 - 31.05.2019
01.06.2019 - 29.09.2019
30.09.2019 - 27.10.2019
28.10.2019 - 14.12.2019


CHF 10.00
CHF 14.00
CHF 16.00
CHF 14.00
CHF 10.00
Bernina Express Bus 
09.12.2018 - 01.03.2019
02.03.2019 - 31.05.2019
01.06.2019 - 29.09.2019
30.09.2019 - 27.10.2019
28.10.2019 - 14.12.2019

CHF 10.00
CHF 14.00
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 - Tirano - Lugano            

CHF 88.00CHF 136.00CHF 176.00CHF 272.00
Chur - TiranoCHF 63.00CHF 111.00CHF 126.00CHF 222.00
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 76.00CHF 115.00CHF 152.00CHF 230.00
Davos Platz - TiranoCHF 51.00CHF 90.00CHF 102.00CHF 180.00
Davos Platz - PoschiavoCHF 43.00CHF 76.00CHF 86.00CHF 152.00
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 23.80

CHF 41.80CHF 47.60CHF 83.60
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. 
  • The Davos-Klosters-Card is not valid on the Bernina Express.

Operating times Bernina Express Bus

Please notice the operating times of the Bernina Express Bus:

22.04.2019 - 27.10.2019daily

21.02.2019 - 21.04.2019

from Thursday to Sunday 

Sales

You can purchase your ticket and reserve your seat for the Bernina Express and the Bernina Express Bus online at our Ticket Shop. The offer can be booked 3 months or less prior to the intended date of travel.

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 or at every rail ticket office in Europe.

Quotation request for groups (10 or more persons)

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!

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

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.

Timetables 09.12.2018 - 14.12.2019

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