Footplate rides

Riding up-front

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It's what every railway enthusiast dreams of: Journey beside the driver in the cab of an RhB locomotive through the Albula Valley or along the Bernina Line, the highest railway line in the Alps. Exclusive footplate rides in the Rhine Gorge adventure train can be booked in locomotive Ge 4/4 I (BoBo I). You are in the front line instead of just being there – there's also a certificate and snapshots to remember the journey by.

Over 100 years ago, the railway pioneers built the Albula and Bernina lines through the impassable mountain terrain of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Today, these two railway lines are still among the most spectacular experiences available on rails – not least thanks to the many attractions: the Solis and Landwasser Viaducts, helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda, Ospizio Bernina, Alp Grüm and the Brusio Circular Viaduct.

A lasting memory: At the end of the day, the RhB will present you with a commemorative certificate and photo.

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The journey on the footplate is in itself the highlight of the day. And there are further highlights to follow such as the souvenir certificate.

Train journey Reichenau – Tamins – Ilanz

You will travel through the untamed Rhine Gorge, along the turquoise-green waters of the Rhine, past rock walls known as 'ruinas' up to 350 metres high.


Albula Line

Even today, the 62-kilometre Albula Line is still considered a masterpiece in terms of railway engineering and routing. The RhB opened the spectacular section of track between Thusis and St. Moritz in 1903, after just five years' construction. The red train climbs over 1,000 metres in altitude – thanks to the Solis Viaduct, Landwasser Viaduct and the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda – without rack-and-pinion technology.
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Bernina Line

The Bernina Line between St. Moritz and Tirano links northern and southern Europe in a most impressive fashion. For over 100 years now it has been running past mountains, lakes and glaciers down to the palms of Valtellina. The famous panoramic route is a true landmark which has UNESCO World Heritage status.
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Professional guide

Making your day in the driver's cab a guaranteed success: an experienced engine driver will accompany you during this exclusive railway experience. You will hear stories and anecdotes about the Rhaetian Railway, learn about the Albula/Bernina landscape and its engineering structures.

Commemorative certificate

To ensure the footplate ride remains long in the memory, at the end of the day, the Rhaetian Railway will present you with a commemorative certificate and photo.

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Albula- and Berninaline  
Adults CHF 850.00
Adults with GA travelcard CHF 800.00
Children aged 12 and over CHF 700.00 
Rhine Gorge Return Journey Single trip (only possible in the afternoon)
Adults CHF 603.00 CHF 400.00
Adults with GA travelcard CHF 580.00 CHF 380.00
Children aged 12 and over CHF 500.00 CHF 350.00

The price includes:

  • Footplate ride for 1 person between Chur - St. Moritz, St. Moritz - Tirano, Chur - Ilanz or vice versa
  • Accompaniment by an experienced member of Rhaetian Railway staff
  • Two Rhaetian Railway 1-day passes in 1st class for the outward and return journeys
  • Detailed description of route with explanation of signals
  • Commemorative certificate with personal photo

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Available via station Ilanz on +41 81 288 43 16.

Please contact the station Ilanz at least 7 days before the desired date.

Albula line

StationTrain 1129
Churdep9:58 am
St. Moritzarr12:03 pm
StationTrain 1148
St. Moritzdep2:02 pm
Churarr4:04 pm

Bernina line

StationTrain 1625
St. Moritzarr10.48 am
Tiranodep1.00 pm
StationTrain 1660
Tiranoarr3.00 pm
St. Moritzdep5.11 pm

Rhine Gorge/Rhine Gorge Experience train

Footplate rides can be booked from Saturday/Sunday 22.04.2023 until 22.10.2023.

Return journey 1 Return journey 2 
Train 1723 Train 1735
Chur dep 8.34 am Chur dep 10.44 am
Ilanz arr 9.23 am Ilanz arr 11.24 am
Train 1726 Train 1734
Ilanz dep 8.20 Ilanz dep 11.41 
Chur arr 10.28  Chur arr 12.28 
Single trip 1 Single trip 2
Train 1743 Train 1758
Chur dep 13.04  Ilanz dep 16.41 
Ilanz arr 13.57  Chur arr 17.29