The Bernina Express, operated by the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), is one of the most renowned scenic trains in Switzerland. Starting from the charming town of Tirano, the train takes passengers through an array of famous landmarks to admire, such as the Brusio Spiral Viaduct, Lake Poschiavo, and the Landwasser Bridge.
What makes the Bernina Express experience unforgettable is the diverse and ever-changing scenery along the route, ranging from lush green valleys to snow-capped mountain peaks. During the summer season, the train offers open-air carriages, providing a more immersive experience. It is also worth noting that this railway line is the highest in Europe without a cogwheel system and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Chur/St. Moritz – Tirano (Italy) or vice versa
2,253 metres (7,391 feet) above sea level
4 to 8 hours (full day)
Children, Families, Groups, Individual, Couples
From CHF 72 one way and CHF 92 return
2nd and 1st class
The train journey begins in Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland. From there, the train takes passengers on a captivating ride through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Albula and Bernina railway lines. The train passes through stunning landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear lakes.
One of the highlights of the Bernina Express route is the ascent and descent of the Bernina Pass. The train crosses impressive viaducts, such as the Landwasser Viaduct near Filisur, which is an architectural marvel.
As the train continues its journey, it reaches the highest point on the route, the Ospizio Bernina, at an elevation of 2,253 meters (7,392 feet) above sea level. Passengers can marvel at the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the Piz Bernina, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps.
The train then descends towards the Italian border, passing through the Valposchiavo region, known for its lush greenery and charming villages. The final destination of the Bernina Express is Tirano, a small town in Italy. Tirano offers a charming atmosphere, historical sites, and the opportunity to explore the Italian culture and cuisine.
- 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.
- 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 and beverage
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
Best season to travel
The optimal time to embark on this train journey is during the spring season, as it offers a delightful blend of snow-capped mountains, blooming spring flowers, and vibrant green valleys. Additionally, it is worth noting that the train service operates more frequently from May to October, providing ample opportunities to experience this scenic route.