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Gotthard Bernina Circular Tour

Experience a world of blue and white all in one day

The Gotthard Bernina Circular Tour combines the best the Swiss railway network has to offer: from Zurich through the Gotthard Base Tunnel to Lugano, where the Bernina Express Bus to Tirano already awaits. Enjoy pizza and ice cream before continuing your journey aboard the Bernina Express along the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage route to Chur. Round it all off by enjoying the relaxing last stretch of the journey in the panoramic car past Lake Walensee and Lake Zurich to Zurich. The tour can also be booked in the opposite direction. This impressive day trip can be booked from 87 Swiss francs. It is available until 29 November 2020 on the following dates.

Zurich – Lugano
At the start you travel along the shores of fantastic Lake Lucerne. The next highlight soon follows: the 57-kilometre long Gotthard base tunnel from Erstfeld to Bodio brings the magical south a full 30 minutes closer.

Lugano – Tirano
Out of the tunnel and back into the light: palm trees and a Mediterranean climate welcome you to the charming Lugano. Your circular tour continues in the comfortable Bernina Express Bus. Tirano offers the genuine feel of Italian lifestyle: in the squares and alleys of the Italian border town, pizza, ice cream and coffee are the temptations at lunchtime.

Tirano – Chur
Your trip then continues in the Bernina Express towards Chur. The railway is harmoniously embedded in the mountain world of Bernina and Albula. 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and gradients of up to 7 per cent – all mastered with ease. Perched majestically at 2,253 metres above sea level is the 'roof' of the RhB, the Ospizio Bernina. The Tirano - Valposchiavo - Thusis section is part of the UNESCO World Heritage route and is a true landmark of the Rhaetian Railway.

Chur – Zurich
Sit back and relax while travelling 1st class from Chur back to Zurich in SBB’s panoramic car along the shores of Lake Walensee and Lake Zurich. Travellers with 2nd class tickets will be upgraded to 1st class on this section of the journey.

Tip: The Gotthard Bernina Circular Tour can also be booked as a multi-day trip, incl. two overnight stays.
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Gotthard base tunnel

At 57 kilometres the new Gotthard tunnel is the longest rail tunnel in the world and forms the core of the New Railway Link through the Alps (NRLA). It embodies Swiss values such as innovation, precision and reliability, and gets people and goods from north to south and vice versa more quickly and reliably. Faster, more frequent and more convenient connections as well as new and modernized rolling stock considerably increase the quality of the north/south axis. For more information take a look at


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베르니나 익스프레스 버스(Bernina Express Bus)

베르니나 익스프레스 버스(Bernina Express Bus)는 여유롭게 그림같은 벨틀린(Veltlin)을 통과하여, 수많은 스타들이 별장을 가지고 있으며 다수의 할리우드 영화의 촬영지였던 유명한 코모 호수(Lago di Como)를 지나서 티라노(Tirano)로 향합니다. 지중해의 분위기를 지닌 문화 역사적 목적지가 무위도식의 즐거움으로 여러분을 초대합니다.


Bernina Express

The most spectacular alpine crossing: linking language regions and cultures, the Bernina Express’s Tirano - Valposchiavo - St. Moritz / Chur / Davos / Landquart route follows a serpentine course without the aid of rack-and-pinion technology. Panoramic journeys through the UNESCO World Heritage landscape are a genuine treat. The Albula and Bernina sections are masterpieces of civil and railway engineering.


브루지오 나선 고가교(Kreisviadukt Brusio)

고가교는 우아하게 360도를 돌아 나가며, 좁은 발포스키아보(Valposchiavo) 계곡의 고도 차이를 극복하기 위해 노선 역시 감기듯이 길게 늘어서있습니다. 브루지오에 위치한 나선 고가교는 베르니나 선 최고의 장관을 선사하는 건축물입니다.


란트바써 고가교(Landwasserviadukt)

필리주어(Filisur)에 위치한 고가교는 란트바써 협곡(Landwassertal)을 건너서 바로 산의 터널로 이어집니다. 1901년과 1902년의 세 개의 주요 기둥 건설은 진정한 건축 기술의 걸작이었습니다. 주목할 사항: 이것은 비계 없이 두 개의 크레인으로 지어졌습니다. 레티쉐 철도의 아름다운 랜드마크는 전 세계적으로 알려진 상징입니다.


유네스코 세계유산 알불라(Albula)/베르니나(Bernina) 노선

알불라(Albula)와 베르니나(Bernina)를 관통하는 노선은 건축 기술과 노선의 형상에 있어 최고의 걸작입니다. 풍경과 철도가 서로 화합을 이룹니다. 철도는 확장되는 반원형으로 섬세한 부대 구축물을 지나 험준한 협곡을 통과합니다. 란트바써 고가교(Landwasserviadukt), 베르귄(Bergün)과 프레다(Preda) 사이의 환상(環狀)터널, 혹은 브루지오 나선 고가교(Kreisviadukt Brusio)는 시간이 증명해준 철도 선구자입니다.


SBB panoramic car

The trip along the shores of Lake Walensee and Lake Zurich is the perfect way to enjoy the end of your journey in a relaxed manner and against a fantastic backdrop. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the glistening water while reflecting on the impressions of the day thanks to the large windows in SBB’s 1st class panoramic car. Passengers with 2nd class tickets will be upgraded to 1st class panoramic car on this section of the journey. The panoramic car will be available aswell on the Zurich Central Station–Chur route (Bernina Gotthard Circular Tour).



The package
Travel by public transport from Zurich Central Station to Lugano (free choice of train/seat)
Journey by Bernina Express Bus from Lugano to Tirano (inc. supplement and seat reservation, basic always 2nd class)
Journey by Bernina Express from Tirano to Chur (inc. supplement and seat reservation)
Travel from Chur to Zurich Central Station inc. upgrade to 1st class. The «anticlockwise» tour also includes seat reservation in the SBB panoramic car on the IC 936 Chur to Zurich Central Station (inc. supplements)

Please note: No panoramic cars are in operation on the stretch of track between Zurich Central Station and Chur on the “clockwise” tour. Travellers with 2nd class tickets will therefore be upgraded to 1st class on this section of the journey.


The Gotthard Bernina Circular Tour is available from 20 February 2020 to 29 November 2020. Please note the following service times:


20.02.2020 - 05.04.2020bookable every Thursday to Sunday 
09.04.2020 - 25.10.2020bookable daily
29.10.2020 - 29.11.2020bookable every Thursday to Sunday 


The circular tour takes the following route:

  • Zurich main station – Lugano – Tirano – Chur – Zurich main station

The journey can also be taken in the opposite direction.

Timetable 20.02.2020 - 29.11.2020

Zurich main station – Lugano – Tirano – Chur – Zurich main station

StationArrival / DepartureTimeTrain No / Bus No
Zurich main stationab / dep. 
part. / dép.
07.32IC 861
Lugano     an
Lugano Stazioneab / dep. 
part. / dép.
10.00Bernina Express Bus 5950
Tirano Stazione     an
Tirano ab / dep. 
part. / dép.

Bernina Express 950 (09.05.-25.10.2020)

Bernina Express 952
(20.02.-08.05.2020 / 26.10.-29.11.2020)

Chur     an
Churab / dep. 
part. / dép.
18.39IC 936, panorama coach 1st class
Zurich main station     an

Zurich main station – Chur – Tirano – Lugano – Zurich main station

StationArrival / DepartureTimeTrain No / Bus No
Zurich main stationab / dep. 
part. / dép.
07.07IC 911, no panorama coach, 1st class
Chur     an
Churab / dep. 
part. / dép.
08.32Bernina Express 951 (09.05.-25.10.2020)
Bernina Express 953 (20.02.-08.05.2020 / 26.10.-29.11.2020)
Tirano     an
Tirano Stazioneab / dep. 
part. / dép.
14.20Bernina Express Bus 5951
Lugano Stazione     an
Luganoab / dep. 
part. / dép.
18.04IC 886
Zurich main station     an

Fares and sales

Flat-rate package per person:

2nd class1st class
Half-fare cardCHF 87.00CHF 112.00
AdultsCHF 139.00CHF 187.00
GA1CHF 37.00CHF 37.00

1 Passengers with flat-rate tickets such as Swiss Travel Pass / Eurail-Pass / Interrail etc. should select the «GA» reduced price in step 2 of the booking.

The price includes the ticket for the entire stretch of the circular tour as well as the seat reservations and supplements for the Bernina Express Bus, Bernina Express train and the SBB section Chur – Zurich / Chur - Zurich panoramic car 1st class.

Please note: No panoramic cars are in operation on the stretch of track between Zurich Central Station and Chur on the «clockwise» tour. Travellers with 2nd class tickets will therefore be upgraded to 1st class on this section of the journey.

The offer is available until 29 November 2020. Reserve your seat in good time via online booking or at any manned station. For more information or should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Railservice on +41 81 288 65 65.

Bernina Express

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. 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. More information on the Bernina Express can be found here.

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 have the possibility to borrow inspiring and educational books from the new on-board library.

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

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.

Headphones are available at the minibar for just CHF 2.00.


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).

The SBB trains have a minibar or a dining car (Zurich main station – Lugano and Chur – Zurich main station).

Border crossing

If you are travelling to Tirano and/or Lugano you will need a passport or identity card to cross the border.

Trip planner

Attention: Free train service on the route Zurich HB - Lugano. Please select Lugano as departure. The route Zurich HB - Lugano is included in the ticket price

Specialticket Gotthard Bernina Circular Tour Zurich HB - Gotthard - Lugano - Tirano - Chur - Zurich HB
Supplement and seat reservation Bernina Express Bus Lugano - Tirano - Bernina Express Tirano - Chur
Seat reservation IC Chur - Zürich HB in panoramic coach 1. cl.

from CHF 87.00



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