Take a panoramic tour on the Bernina Express as you head to St Moritz!
The newest alpine delight in Graubünden: There is twice as much to see as before along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world - on board the Rhaetian Railway panorama coach. The journey begins in Milan, then Tirano (situated on the border between Italy and Switzerland).
In Tirano, explore the city at your own pace. Get a chance to visit some of the city's remarkable attractions such as the San Martino Church, Palazzo Salis, Basilica of the Virgin, Church of Santa Peroetua, River Adda and many more.
The Bernina Express is a 2 and half hour ride from Tirano train station towards St. Moritz. Along this route you pass wild gorges, soaring bridges, fascinating loop tunnels and white glaciers close enough to reach out and touch. Travel from the crisp snow down to the palms and oleanders of Northern Italy. The Bernina Express runs daily in the summer. In the winter, only the train to and from Tirano is operated. It offers first and second class service as well as panoramic coaches.
The Rhaetian Railway's north-south Alpine crossing offers breathtaking views as you travel over boldly curved viaducts, through winding tunnels and past ice-age glaciers. From Tirano, the excursion continues in modern buses through the Valtellina Valley to St. Moritz.
Bernina Express train
April to October:
English and Spanish on Mondays and Thursdays
Portuguese and English on Wednesdays
November to March :
Bernina Express ticket (2nd class)
We went on the Bernina Express on 4 April and it was certainly an amazing experience. Though we started very early when they pick us up at 6.00am, the guide was very knowledgeable and very caring. Though she had a frozen shoulder she carried out her duties excellently. The view up to St Moritz was awesome, Though we were on the coach for two and half hours from Milan to Tirano and then lunch at Tirano before boarding the train up to St Moritz it was well worth it. The scenery was splendid all covered with snow. I believe in summer it would even be more beautiful.
C O ChanRead our 18 review(s)
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If less than 6 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
You must confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
This tour is available in the following languages: From 1st of April to 31st October English: Every Tuesday and Friday English and Spanish: Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday English and Portuguese: Every Wednesday From 1st of November to 31st of March English: Every Tuesday and Thursday English and Spanish: Every Saturday and Sunday
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
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We went on the Bernina Express on 4 April and it was certainly an amazing experience. Though we started very early when they pick... us up at 6.00am, the guide was very knowledgeable and very caring. Though she had a frozen shoulder she carried out her duties excellently. The view up to St Moritz was awesome, Though we were on the coach for two and half hours from Milan to Tirano and then lunch at Tirano before boarding the train up to St Moritz it was well worth it. The scenery was splendid all covered with snow. I believe in summer it would even be more beautiful. more
C O Chan
I joined this tour because I wanted to ride the World Heritage Bernina Express. It was a great day blessed with a fine weather. Ev...eryone opened their window, taking pictures from left to right. I would recommend wearing warm clothes though. St. Moritz is also a beautiful place. We had a time to get some cake at the store Audrey Hepburn loved. I had a wonderful time there.
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Because I came here all the way, I thought I should drop by the neighbour country and joined the tour. Certainly Saint Moritz is v...ery Swiss, unlike Italy! I enjoyed the atmosphere, but the Bernina express was the best part of the day.
I was thinking about getting quality sleep on the train, but falling asleep would be truly a waste of time. After all, I ended up staying up to keep on shooting photos from Tirano to Saint Moritz.
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The weather was nice and I enjoyed the beautiful landscapes.
As we gathered early in the morning, ZAN VIAGGI office was clo...sed, the bus parked on the other side and we checked-in inside it.
You will have a lot of free time in Tirano as well as St. Moritz.
I would recommend it to those who want to enjoy a relaxing trip.
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It was very nice. The weather was good and I enjoyed the spectacular scenery of the Alps. The tour guide was good as well, althoug...h it was quite a tight schedule for a one day bus tour.
All the shops were closed as it was Sunday, so you wouldn't be satisfied if you want to do shopping there.
In addition, I booked my lunch through the tour since I hadn't known where to go, but I think it could have been better if I'd found a good place by myself without a booking. I know it would be different depending on the date and how much busy the place is with tourists, the period, when I joined the tour in the beginning of April, there were not many people eating in any of the restaurants there.
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The view from the window of Bernina Express was wonderful! We could see snowy mountains, lakes and white, yellow, purple alpine fl...owers. Just sitting on the seat alone enabled us to view the Alps mountains towering about 2500 meters. At Saint Moritz, we could stroll leisurely by the lake. Although I joined an English tour, the tour guide spoke very clear English and I did not have any problems understanding him. I think this tour will satisfy even elderly people.
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This was our first time to Italy and this excursion was one of the most exciting evens. The views are amazing and our tour guide ...Andre made the event much more interesting with his discussion about the areas as we passed through. Since we were not experienced with travel methods in Italy it made this outing stress free since all of the activities were organized for us. The view of the countryside was breathtakingly beautiful and early October seems to be a good time to do it as the weather was perfect. I was amazed that we were able to do the entire trip through the Alps with the windows down! Now that's fresh air. In addition to the fantastic train ride the bus portion of the activities was also very comfortable and interesting. The combination of both the bus and train on this route made for a great day. more
It was a lovely tour which exceeds my expectations. Originally when I booked the tour I thought it is just like a combo ticket wit...h bus from and to Milan and the train Bernina Express. But it had more to offer. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful as she provided many useful information about the region along both the bus and train rides. I thought that this trip would be like an escape-kind-of excursion to Switzerland from Milan but I actually learned a lot more about Italy from the tour guide's commentary. And of course, the views from the Bernina Express train ride are superb and never disappointing. more
Riding the Bernina Express has got to be the best and most scenic train ride I have ever taken.
The bus departs ea...rly from Milan and after one hour to one and a half hours, you will pass by Lake Como. The views along the lake are stunning, especially in the morning. (Tip: Sit on the left side of the bus if you wish to snap a few pictures.) Unfortunately, the route that the bus travels also has numerous tunnels, so the nice view cannot be seen half the time. After about twenty minutes, you will arrive at the rest stop, before proceeding to the Tirano. Tirano is a charming little town with one main street. You should take pictures at the church and the tourist train (near the main shopping street). You should try the restaurant recommended by the tour guide and try their speciality dish. After that, it's time to hop on the Bernina Express (and remember to snag a window seat)! The train starts off slow, but it gets more exciting as you climb up. Once you higher up in the Alps, the view keeps getting better and better. The best part is to be near the (frozen) lake sitting pretty next to the snow-covered mountains (even though it's already late spring/early summer). After ninety minutes, you will arrive in St Moritz, which has a wonderful lake. If you go in the low season, chances are that most establishments will be closed. Still, the town is worth exploring. You will take the same bus back to Milan. The bus will drive along the lake, before descending the steep roads down the stunning mountains.
Riding the Bernina Express is the highlight of my trip to Milan, and it is very worthwhile to try it out if you're visiting. more
I loved this tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful the entire time. I would definitely take another tour with th...em again. more
This was the highlight of our trip to ITALY where we spent 1 week. Before the Bernina, we spent time in ROME, Venice, Milan and di...d 4 tours. The Bernina express/Swiss alps tour was absolutely breathtaking !! Also since most of the tour was spent inside of the coach and inside the train seated, it was not as tiring as the other tours. These sell out so get it reserved ~6-8weeks in advance.
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I had heard of the Bernina Express on a PBS special about famous scenic train rides and started my research on the tour. During t...he research, I ran across tours offering the trip and decided to book. I am so glad I did! I had hoped to capture a few shots to paint along the way and ended up with so many it will be hard to choose from them all. After a quick trip by bus ( which was also very scenic through the famous Lake Como), the bus took us to Torino where we stopped for lunch and did a bit of local shopping. We then boarded the Bernina Express and started our journey through the Swiss Alps. The tour was led by Andrea who did a fantastic job preparing us before we approached key sights so we could prepare our cameras. The challenge was what to pick from...my camera couldn't take the pictures fast enough to capture all the eye candy! After we arrived in St Moritz and enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa at a local restaurant, we headed back by bus and experienced even more exciting views. One of the thrilling pics I got on the way back was when we drove down thousands of feet in just a few minutes. The road twisted and turned back and forth. Then onward to even more great pics! This was by far the highlight of our trip to Milan! I wouldn't hesitate to do this again as I imagine each time you go...in any season, the scenery would change based on the weather conditions.
It's a full day for sure but well worth it. Great way to rapidly survey a large region between Italy and Switzerland with no...n stop views to die for. Could be the basis to take more focused trips in the future. more
Trip was very good and very comfortable. St. Moritz was a little disappointing since most of the shops were closed for the season.... Our guide was informative and did a great job explaining the history of the area and pointing out different scenery to us. Loved the little town of Torina and the church there. more
Sat down 80% of the time in the bus to St Moritz as well as the train ride from St Moritz to Torino. Tour guide was pretty good. ...Wifi on bus was working but not all the time. For those with motion sickness, the bus ride up the alps may not be comfortable. The lunch is own expense, has at least 50 CHF per pax as St Moritz is pretty expensive more
Han from Singapore
Love the trip. Very patient & accommodating guides.
We loved all parts of this trip except for waking up early. The bus ride over to Tourin was quite scenic and involved a brief sto...p (going each direction) at Italian mini markets that were fun in their own way (lots of interesting food). The town we stopped in to look at the church and then have an authentic lunch in was quite nice. The Bernina Express itself was excellent - we were able to put down the windows of our train cars to take pictures and had several chances to take pictures of each view.
My main reasons not to give 5 stars were (a) we had to wake up very early, being at the (downtown) pickup site by 7:45. The company did not provide a list of hotels that they would pickup from, just telling us too late to rebook that our hotel was not one of them. I felt that the stop at the church was not needed if a later start would have been possible. I realize that the train sets the time of travel to a large degree but staying in St. Moritz (even in the down season) would have been good). The other issue was that (b) the guide, while speaking excellent English and providing good logistical information, did not say as much as I expected. Some sights were explained but others were not, especially on the train ride.
Worth our time. I am not a morning person so I was a little sick the whole time but most of the others were having a great time and we met some interested co-passengers. more
The whole experience was ruined by the tour company changing the Itinerary without any notice or explanation
Had not time a...t any of the stopping places except the ones at service restaurants
At Saint Moritz only had time to go to the toilet at the drop off point next to train station before catching the train for the return journey more
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