Travel information to the Bernina Express. By train from Chur (Switzerland) to Tirano (Italy) in the Alps. Panoramic route, how to buy train tickets.
The Bernina Express panoramic trains connect the Rhaetian capital of Chur and the famous resort of St. Moritz in Engadin with Tirano in Valtellino in Italy. The ride on Bernina Line takes you up to 2300 metres and certainly is one of the most beautiful in all of Europe. Similar to Glacier Express trains, Bernina Express trains offer panoramic cars with large windows and at-seat-service.
Bernina Express trains consist of observation cars with large windows, allowing to enjoy the spectacular views from your comfortable seat. There is no restaurant car but a trolley service offers snacks and drinks. National and international tickets as well as Interrail, Eurail and Swiss passes are valid however seat reservation is compulsory. Reservations can be bought from stations or online from RhB.
Besides the Bernina Express trains there are also hourly regional trains running on Bernina Line which can be used without a seat reservation. The coaches of these regional trains have regular windows which can be opened, as opposed to the Bernina Express trains. In the summer months some of these trains also convey open cars with no windows at all (no reservation required).
The classic Bernina Line runs from St. Moritz to Tirano, but there are also Bernina Express services starting in Davos and Chur, taking the famous Albula Line before continuing on the Bernina Line to Tirano. With these trains you can travel two of the most scenic lines of Switzerland in an observation car without having to change trains. Alternatively you can of course also travel on the regular hourly regional trains.
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