Bernina Express Scenic Train SwitzerlandBernina Express Scenic Train
The Bernina Express train route takes you through incredible alpine landscapes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - it's that amazing. Think of all the clichés about the beauty of scenic train travel and multiply them by 1000. You'll end up on this journey through Switzerland.
Find out about the Bernina Express route and how you can experience it yourself.
Bernina Express Route and Journey Highlights
The Bernina Express route begins in Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland. The Bernina Express route begins in Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland. Trains run along the Albula Railway, one of the most spectacular narrow gauge railways in the world. Trains run along the Albula Railway, one of the most spectacular narrow gauge railways in the world. You'll pass over the 213 feet high (65m) Landwasser Viaduct, surrounded by high trees and mountains. You'll pass over the 213 feet high (65m) Landwasser Viaduct, surrounded by high trees and mountains.
At the highest part of the route, you'll travel beside 3 lakes within the Bernina Mountain pass. At the highest part of the route, you'll travel beside 3 lakes within the Bernina Mountain pass. The Brusio loop is a unique part of the Bernina Express route - a circular viaduct, with 360° views. The Brusio loop is a unique part of the Bernina Express route - a circular viaduct, with 360° views.
The Bernina Express ends its journey in Tirano, Italy. It passes through the town before reaching the station.The Bernina Express ends its journey in Tirano, Italy. It passes through the town before reaching the station.
The Route in Numbers
Where Does it Start and End
Bernina Express Map and Directions
How to get to the Bernina Express Route
From Train Information
Zurich You can take the direct Intercity to Chur (1hr 15min), as well as direct regional trains.
Milan You can take a direct regional train to Tirano, which are operated by Trenord and covered by the Eurail Pass.
Austria From Vienna or Salzburg, you can take a train to Sargans (Switzerland). Switch trains here and you'll arrive in Chur in only 30 minutes.
France/Germany From Paris, Munich or Cologne, take a train to Karlsruhe (Germany) or Zurich (Switzerland). There you can switch to a direct train to Chur.
Which Trains Run Along This Route
Two Types of Train
See How the 2 Trains Compare
Bernina Express Questions and Answers
Should I take a normal train or the Bernina Express train
If you're only traveling this route once in your lifetime, you should make the most of it!
The reservation for the Bernina Express train is worth the extra fee.
The Bernina Express train has panoramic cars, more personal space, and an overall better atmosphere. It's also direct. With regional trains on this route, you'll have to change trains and transfer your luggage at least once.
However, the regional train journey is still an amazing trip. You'll see the same incredible views for free! You'll also be able to stop in one of the small towns along the way for a closer look.
The choice is yours. (editors note: Go on both the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express. You will remember it forever)
When is the best time to go on the Bernina ExpressThe Bernina Express route runs all year round. Visit in spring and you'll see green fields and farming villages in all their colorful beauty.
Visit during winter, and frozen lakes, snow-covered mountains, and local skiers are the main sights. In short, any time is a good time to take this ride.
Regional Train Insider Tips
What is Included in the Pass
The regular regional trains that run on this route are entirely included in any Eurail train pass valid in Switzerland.
The Bernina Express train is also covered by a Eurail Pass valid in Switzerland as long as you reserve a seat (for a small fee).
The Eurail Pass is a train pass that lets you access almost all trains in European countries of your choice, including Switzerland.
You can take as many trains as you want on each day your Eurail Pass is valid. It's also valid for some ferries and other benefits.
Winter (Dec 11, 2017 to May 12, 2018):
Additional bus route in Summer
Summer only (April 14, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017):
How To Make A Reservation
Go to our Bernina Express webpage. For a seat on the observation car, choose a route with the Bernina Express symbol.
At the train station