Bernina Express - Scenic train route

Bernina Express - Scenic train - Switzerland

Scenic train options departing from Chur to Tirano and from Tirano to Chur. When the view through the oversized windows is less than spectacular the panorama carriages offer another means of passing the time. Passengers in the panorama carriages of the Bernina Express have the possibility of borrowing inspiring and educational books from the new on-board library. The selection of books is extensive and is being continuously optimised.

  • Bernina Express Line

    One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur / Davos / St. Moritz - Valposchiavo - Tirano links up regions with different languages and cultures. This is not a rack railway and the train winds its way gently through splendid scenery. On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds bridges between regions with different languages and cultures.

  • Unique is awesome!

    The railway is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscapes around the Albula and Bernina Passes. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and inclines of up to 70 per mille with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 metres above sea level, you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive. The railway line from Thusis - Valposchiavo - Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. A brand name.

  • Landscapes

    Discover the many sides of Valposchiavo. The valley in the southern Alps is a great place to enjoy lengthy hikes, leisurely strolls and fine regional specialities. Explore the historic heart of Poschiavo, centred around its pleasant piazza, and discover various aspects of the valley's history in one of the museums or the colourful "Spanish Quarter" built by returning emigrants. Soaking up the beautiful scenery at the Lago di Poschiavo makes a fitting end to a memorable trip.

Bernina Express prices & details

Routes and age options

1st Class 2nd Class
Chur to Tirano - Adult - Full fare $182.00 $128.00
Chur to Tirano - Adult - Half Card fare $109.00 $82.00
Chur to Tirano - Child - Full fare $109.00 $82.00
Chur to Tirano - Passholder* $36.00 $36.00
Tirano to Chur - Adult - Full fare $182.00 $128.00
Tirano to Chur- Adult - Half Card fare $109.00 $82.00
Tirano to Chur - Child - Full fare $109.00 $82.00
Tirano to Chur - Passholder* $36.00 $36.00

* NOTE - Bernina Express Eurail or Swiss Pass Holder Fare has to be issued in conjunction with a Eurail Global Pass, Select Pass, or Regional Pass which includes Switzerland. It is valid for 1st or 2nd Class Rail passes and for Adults and Children.

** LUGANO route - Travel from 15 February until 15 October 2018 comfortably on the Bernina Express Bus from Tirano to Lugano. Tirano is the departure point for the journey through the picturesque landscape of Valtellina – an Italian valley famous for its wines. Gaze out over pretty bays and charming little fishing villages as you travel along the shores of Lake Como. The narrow roads that hug the shores of Lake Lugano bring us on into Switzerland and our destination, Lugano. This bus is not available for online purchase. It could be purchased only at the station in Tirano.

Chur to Tirano is a direct train and will route through Davos / St. Moritz - Valposchiavo.
Travel time: 04 hours and 17 minutes

Tirano ro Chur is a direct train and will route through Valposchiavo - Davos / St. Moritz.
Travel time: 03 hours and 55 minutes

Children 4-12: discounted rates
Children under 4: free, must share a seat with paying adult

* Lunch is not included on any price. Lunch is sold at the train restaurant cart.

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Ticket voucher - How to use and retrieve your tickets:

As soon as your booking have been processed, you will receive an email with your booking confirmation. In this email you will find all details about your purchase. Depending on the Scenic train you choose, you will receive either the actual train ticket or a Voucher to retrieve your ticket at the station. This will be listed on your confirmation email, please read it carefully.

* Some Scenic trains will require you to receive a voucher by mail first. After that you will use this voucher to get your ticket at the Scenic train specific station.

Each Scenic train will list an exchange point (when necessary) on its own page and details, for example, if you have purchased the Schilthorn/ Piz Gloria Scenic train your exchange point will be at the train station in Murrem.

When you have a Voucher: You must have the voucher received by mail to retrieve your tickets at the station. They cannot be retrieved with any other information. No exceptions. If by any reason you do not have your voucher with you, contact the issuer (the company where you have purchased it from) and ask for help. They will address the options you have for a refund. Please note that you can also check this options on the TERMS and CONDITIONS on the next tab.

When you have an actual ticket: You must have the tickets in hands to board the train. You cannot board the train or use your tickets any other way besides showing them at the stations.

Once you have your tickets in hands you are ready to enjoy your trip!

The ticket retrieve instructions will be sent in the confrimation email.

a) Exchange Points: Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at specific stations according to your purchased Scenic train.

  • Norway in a NutShell: This voucher specifically do not need to be exchanged for tickets,
  • Glacier Express: You will receive actual tickets for this one. Glacier express train tickets must be stapled in an All Aboard ticket cover.
  • Golden Pass Line: You will receive actual tickets for this one. Golden Pass train tickets must be stapled in an All Aboard ticket cover.
  • Bernina Express: You will receive actual tickets for this one. Bernina Express train tickets must be stapled in an All Aboard ticket cover.
  • Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe: Voucher do not need to be exchanged and can be used as actual boarding pass
    at rail stations in Interlaken Ost, Grindelwald or Wengen.
  • Chocolate train: You will receive actual tickets for this one. Train tickets must be stapled in an All Aboard ticket cover.
  • Schilthorn / Piz Gloria: The voucher must be exchanged at the train station in Murren.
  • Mount Titlis: Mt. Titlis vouchers must be exchanged at the valley station in Engelberg.

  • b) When travelling in Switzerland, with a Swiss Pass: Free Swiss Family Card allows children under 16 to travel free with a parent or legal guardian. If reservations are necessary the child will have to purchase one to save her a seat.
    With an Eurail Pass, in Norway in a NutShell and children traveling without a parent: Discounted fare for children 4 - 15
    c) Children under 4 travel free when sharing an adult passenger’s accommodations.
    d) All tickets are subject to confirmation. The tickets have a variable horizon for booking, normally 60 to 90 days within trip date. A booking confirmation will be sent as soon as the booking have been processed.
    e) All fares are per person in US Dollars, subject to to change before the booking processing
    f) Physical Tickets: Those tickets must be mailed by FedEx. When you are placing your order it will be required to list a shipping address. Please select an address where this package could be received by someone for your own security.
    g) Handling fee: all bookings are subject to US$ 8 handling fee.
    h) Refund options: Once voucher has been exchanged for a ticket, refund is not possible. Vouchers may be refunded up to 6 months from the date of issue. A 15% cancellation penalty applies. It is not exchangeable.
    Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.

    Rail Passes & Tickets Options

    Rail tickets & passes options for travel multiple times through a single or multiple countries.

    Useful Information

    • Chur

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      • Address: Chur station, Bahnhof pl 1, 7000 Chur, Switzerlandi
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      0800 007 102 Toll-free in Switzerland (from 6 to 22)

      To request assistance when boarding, changing or alighting from trains at our staffed “Support Stations”, please contact SBB Call Center Handicap. The Call Center can also tell you which stations and trains have wheelchair access and help you select the most suitable trains. Assistance is available free of charge to wheelchair users, passengers with impaired mobility, the blind and visually impaired and the mentally handicapped.

      SNCF Assistance
      f you encounter service disruptions or major delays, SNCF Assistance canimprove your travel experience during peak periods. Our volunteer staff are attentive and service-oriented, with an added guarantee of assistance should you need it.

      • In stations: staff members greet you and keep you informed during delays. If problems continue, they provide simple boxed meals.
      • On board trains: the conductor arranges for onboard staff to assist you.

      If your train arrives in Paris after metro and RER lines have shut down for the night, you’ll be transported safely to your home under a special agreement between the city and Paris taxi companies. 


      Accès Plus, Accès TER and Accès Plus Transilien services provide special assistance to travellers with disabilities or limited mobility. Available in nearly 360 stations throughout the French rail network, in five regions and in 51 stations in the Paris region, these services cost absolutely nothing. To take advantage of them, contact your Accès Plus adviser.

      And then? Relax!

      • On your day of departure, go to the station 30 minutes before your train is scheduled to leave. An SNCF staff member will accompany you to the train, carry your luggage (up to 15 kilos) and get you settled on board.
      • When you reach your destination, an SNCF staff member will meet you and take you to your meeting point in the station. If you’re changing trains, he'll help you board your new train.
      • For travel between Lille, Lyon and Rennes, our Accès Synchro pilot program can assist you from your home to your destination

      To Reserve:

      Call +33 (0) 890 640 650 and press 1 (€0.11/minute incl. tax from a landline, plus any surcharge) or call 36 35 and say “Accès Plus” (€0.34 incl. tax the first minute and €0.11 for each additional minute from a landline, plus any surcharge). From outside France, call +33 892 35 35 35


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