Bernina Express

From glaciers to palms

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

New: Starting on 11 May 2019, the Bernina Express will run from Landquart into Valposchiavo and on into the Italian town of Tirano. The route to/from Landquart through the Prättigau and the wild Zügen Gorge between Davos and Filisur prolongs the pleasure by just under 45 kilometres.

 

 

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.

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!

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Zügen Gorge

Enjoy riding through the wild and romantic gorge. The three-kilometre-long passage in the Davos landscape takes you through rugged rock formations. The Bernina Express winds its way impressively over viaducts on one of Rhaetian Railway’s most beautiful routes.

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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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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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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

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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Outstanding service aboard the Bernina Express

Lines

Bernina Express train

Line 1: Chur - Tirano - Chur (all year round, daily)
Line 2: Landquart - Davos Platz - Tirano - Landquart  (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. 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. - 29.09.2019
Season B:
02.03. - 31.05.2019/30.09. - 27.10.2019
Season C:
09.12.2018 - 01.03.2019/28.10. - 14.12.2019

CHF 16.00

CHF 14.00

CHF 10.00
Bernina Express Bus 
Season A: 
01.06. - 29.09.2019
Season B:
02.03. - 31.05.2019/30.09. - 27.10.2019
Season C: 
09.12.2018 - 01.03.2019/28.10. - 14.12.2019


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

 

Journey from Landquart / Klosters Platz

2nd class1st class2nd class, back1st class, back
Landquart - Tirano (via Davos)CHF 70.00CHF 123.00CHF 140.00CHF 246.00
Landquart - Poschiavo (via Davos)CHF 63.00CHF 111.00CHF 126.00CHF 222.00
Klosters Platz - Tirano (via Davos)CHF 56.00CHF 104.00CHF 118.00CHF 208.00
Klosters Platz - Poschiavo (via Davos)CHF 51.00 CHF 90.00CHF 102.00CHF 180.00

 

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

 

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
  • 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.

Timetables 09.12.2018 - 14.12.2019

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

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)

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)

New: Lunch or dinner will be offered in the panoramic car of the Bernina Express to/from Landquart. Enjoy Graubünden buckwheat pasta (Pizzoccheri) à la maison freshly served to your seat after leaving Alp Grüm. Individual travellers can place their orders directly aboard the Bernina Express. Groups are asked to place their orders in advance with renato(at)railgastro.ch. Cold platters and surprise packages can still be booked, too. Book here (at least 72 hours prior to 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. 

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.