Bernina Express

Bernina Express

  • Region: Europe
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  • Type: Scenic Day Trips
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  • Traveller Interest: Panoramic Vistas

Journeys on Bernina Express

Introduction / History

Experience one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: The Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway. This winding mountain railway connects northern and southern Europe without the use of any tooth-wheel mechanism. The narrow-gauge Bernina Express route runs through the ancient landscape of Switzerland's beautiful Grisons/Graubünden region and provides essential links to the Italian-speaking population in the south.
 
The train passes through 55 tunnels and 196 bridges including the spectacular Landwasser Viaduct. It meanders past glaciers, an alpine garden and rushing mountain streams, passes through the 5 Albula Tunnel and climbs over the Bernina Pass to more than 7,000 feet before crossing the Italian border to arrive in the village of Tirano.
 

The section between Thusis and Tirano has been marked as a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of the stunning beauty, incredible engineering and the impact this line has had on mountain life in the Swiss canton of Graubuenden and Northern Italy. The Albula/Bernina Line constitutes an outstanding technical and architectural feat and complements the aesthetic harmony through which it passes.


Further southwards: on the Bernina Express Bus Travel with an Italian touch: Travel on the Bernina Express Bus from Tirano, running along the banks of Lake Como to Lugano

Accommodation

Both first and second class seats on the Bernina Express have large panoramic windows. First class seats are made of leather and have more elbow room. All seats require reservations. This is a daytime only train; there are no overnight accommodations on board.

Dining / Lounge

A "Railbar” with drinks and snacks are on the following routes: Chur-Tirano; Bergün-Tirano; St. Moritz-Tirano and vice versa. It might be a good idea to carry a little picnic meal with you.
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