This panoramic train connects the north of Europe to its south – right through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rhaetian Railway, passing by glaciers on its way down to 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 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.
In summer, the journey can be extended from Tirano to Lugano aboard the Bernina Express Bus.

Facts Bernina Express (train)

Route: Chur/St. Moritz – Tirano (Italy) or vice versa
Distance: 144 km
Duration: 4 h - 4 h 30 min

Facts Bernina Express Bus

Route: Tirano (Italy) – Lugano or vice versa
Distance: 90 km
Duration: 3 h

Excursion tips

  • Arosa Railway – from Chur to Arosa within one hour. On just 26 km, the train negotiates an amazing 1000 m in altitude
  • Railway Museum Albula – over 600 exhibits from more than 100 years of railway history, e.g. one of the last «Crocodile»-Locomotives
  • Gandria – a picturesque little town at the foot of Monte Bré
  • Monte San Salvatore – one of the most beautiful scenic outposts along Lake Lugano
  • Palm Express – rich-in-contrast, roughly four-hour postbus drive from Lugano to St. Moritz
  • Historic rail journeys Davos – Filisur
  • Landwasser-Express Filisur – Landwasser Viadukt
  • Mountain excursion Diavolezza

Food & Beverages

  • The Bernina Express minibar offers delicious snacks and refreshing beverages
  • The train does not feature a dining car. The guests spend their lunchtime in the Italian town of Tirano



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


Apart from a valid ticket, a seat reservation is required (max. 90 days in advance). In addition, the train and bus are subject to surcharge
Surcharge summer
(01 Jun – 30 Sep 2023):
CHF 26     

Surcharge shoulder season
(01 Mar – 31 May / 01 Oct – 31 Oct 2023):  CHF 24
Surcharge winter
(11 Dec 2022 – 28 Feb 2023 / 01 Nov – 10 Dec 2023): CHF 20



Fascinating and comprehensive information around the Bernina Express, featuring highlights and relevant facts and figures, can be downloaded here:
PDF brochure

General info

  • Indoor
  • Suitable for: Children, Couples, Families, Groups, Individual
  • Needed time: 4 to 8 hours (full day)

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