Palm Express

From St. Moritz to Lugano

Map Palm Express

From the impressive glaciers of Engadin to the lovely palm trees of Lugano: The Palm Express invites visitors to a pleasantly diverse four-hour PostBus journey.

After leading over the Maloja pass, the road winds down to the Val Bregaglia. At astasegna, travellers cross the Swiss-Italian border and little later arrive at the charming Italian town of Chiavenna. The journey’s final destination is Lugano, city of Mediterranean flair and one of Ticino’s main urban areas.

  • Leg: St. Moritz–Chiavenna–Menaggio–Lugano
  • Distance: 178 km
  • Duration: 3 h 50 min
  • Webseite: Palm Express

Important: Passport or identity card required for border crossing to Italy

Food & Beverages
No catering services on the Postbus.

The PostBuses (line 631) operate as follows:

  • From St. Moritz and Lugano: year-round operation; one Postbus course every Friday, Saturday and Sunday; daily operation from 19 Dec 2022–02 Jan 2023 and from 02 Jun–22 Oct 2023
  • St. Moritz–Menaggio–Lugano departure at 10.25 h from St. Moritz railway station
  • Lugano–Menaggio–St. Moritz departure at 15.31 h from Lugano Stazione Nord

Timetable for Palm Express

Tickets & Reservation


  • This route is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) and GA travelcard.


  • Reservation required; free reservation no later than 08.30 h on the travel day: Reservations
  • Reservation required for groups of 10 or more persons, phone +41 (0)58 341 34 92
  • No surcharge applies