Bernina Express

Cross the Alps in Switzerland from north to south (or vice-versa) in style with the Bernina Express scenic train. Ride over graceful viaducts, through galleries hewn into the sheer rock, through switch-back tunnels, along rushing mountain streams, glaciers and even an alpine garden. The Bernina Express offers breathtaking views from the beautiful 1st and 2nd class panorama cars. The train climbs up to the 2253 m high Bernina pass without the help of a rack-and-pinion mechanism. The entire trip is narrated. In summer, an optional bus connects Tirano (Italy) to Lugano.

Routes: Chur / Davos / St.Moritz – Bernina Pass – Poschiavo – Tirano

Reservations mandatory. Reservation fees may apply for pass holders. 

Valid Passes: Eurail Pass , Swiss Pass


*Note: there are standard regional trains that run along the same route.  These trains are not direct, do not offer panoramic seats, refreshments or commentary. Standard trains are more frequent, do not require reservations, and can also be used with a Eurail Pass.

Good to know: Be sure to have valid entry documents for Italy since you will leave and re-enter Switzerland.