Bernina Express

From Lugano/Bellinzona to Chur

Bernina Express Map

This premium panoramic train connects the north of Europe to its south – leading right through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhaetian Railways. Without a hitch, the bright red train masters every ascent, offering unrivalled views not only of mountains and glaciers but also of palm trees.

Crossing the Alps in the Bernina Express certainly is one of the most spectacular ways to do it. Along the way, the Bernina Express rolls Hollywood-style over the 65-metre-high Landwasser Viaduct, the signature structure of the Rhaetian Railway and the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Altogether the train passes through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges on its way from Chur to Tirano. Travellers are treated to marvellous sights during their journey, like the Montebello curve with a view of the Bernina massif, the Morteratsch glacier, the three lakes Lej Pitschen, Lej Nair and Lago Bianco, the Alp Grüm and the Brusio Circular Viaduct.

A beautiful Bernina Express gift box filled with Lindt chocolate hearts and 100% organic ice tea awaits the customer.

In summer, the journey can be extended from Tirano to Lugano aboard the Bernina Express bus.

Facts

Bernina Express (train)

  • Leg: Chur/St. Moritz – Tirano (Italy)
  • Distance: 144 km
  • Duration: between 4 h and 4 h 30 min

Bernina Express Bus

  • Leg: Tirano (Italy) – Lugano
  • Distance: 90 km
  • Duration: 3 h

Website: Bernina Express

Food & Beverages
  • No dining cars on Bernina Express trains
  • Regional snacks, drinks and souvenirs available on all trains
Timetable
Tickets & Reservation

Ticket
This route is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) and GA travel card

Reservation
Apart from a valid ticket, a seat reservation is required (max. 90 days in advance)

In addition, the train is subject to surcharge:

Bernina Express

  • Surcharge winter season (12 Dec 2021 – 28 Feb 2022: CHF 10 / 01 Nov – 10 Dec 2022): CHF 20
  • Surcharge shoulder season (01 Mar – 31 May / 01 – 31 Oct 2022): CHF 24
  • Surcharge summer season (01 Jun – 30 Sep 2022): CHF 26