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Bernina Express

From glaciers to palms

The UNESCO World Heritage Site and pristine Alpine landscapes within reach: a trip on the Bernina Express is a travel experience in a class of its own.

On the highest railway tracks in Europe and the steepest in the world, the Bernina Express takes its passengers on a unique journey through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges. From Switzerland’s oldest town through wildly romantic gorges, past spectacular man-made structures, up to the eternal ice of the glaciers and back down to the palm trees in the Italian town of Tirano: no other Alpine crossing is so spectacular. The modern panoramic cars offer first-class travel comfort and make the impressive landscape appear almost within reach.

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Fare per route (excluding supplements)

Journey 2nd class 1st class 2nd class, back 1st class, back
Chur - Tirano CHF 63.00 CHF 111.00 CHF 126.00 CHF 222.00
Chur - Poschiavo CHF 56.00 CHF 98.00 CHF 112.00 CHF 196.00
St. Moritz - Tirano CHF 32.00 CHF 56.00 CHF 64.00 CHF 112.00
St. Moritz - Poschiavo CHF 23.80 CHF 41.80 CHF 47.60 CHF 83.60
  • Prices subject to change.

  • Prices per person incl. VAT, without supplements

  • Children under the age of 6 travel free of charge. Children aged 6 to 16 pay half the fare.

  • The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full for everyone. Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, 1-day-travelpass, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss travelpasses, Eurrail and Interrail passes are valid. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.

  • Quotation request for groups (10 or more persons)

Useful information

Seat reservation required
Timetable 2022/23
Travelling with a disability
Self-service bicycle transport
Due to construction work, the line between Pontresina and Tirano will be closed to rail traffic from Sunday, 19 November to Saturday, 25 November 2023. The Bernina Express will operate as normal between Chur and Pontresina, and rail replacement buses will be used on the closed section.


Bernina Express Bus

Those who want to experience even more Italian flavour can continue their panoramic journey from Tirano on the red Bernina Express Bus. Passing the expansive vineyards of the Valtellina, going through picturesque villages and along Lake Como, the journey takes you to Lugano – and from there at high speed through the Gotthard Base Tunnel back to German-speaking Switzerland.

Bernina Express Bus on Lake Como
© Rhätische Bahn AG

Bernina Express Bus timetable

Route: Lugano Stazione Nord – Tirano – Lugano Stazione Nord


  • 16.02. – 26.03.2023 (Thu-Sun)

  • 30.03. – 22.10.2023 (daily)

  • 26.10. – 26.11.2023 (Thu-Sun)

5950 5951
Lugano Stazione Nord dep. 10.00 arr. 17.30
Tirano arr. 13.00 dep. 14.20
Mandatory seat reservation for Bernina Express Bus

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