Call to book01904 521 936
Tour Search
#Favourites

Bernina Express

Connecting Switzerland and Italy via the highest mountain railway in the Alps, the Bernina Express train rises to the challenges presented by snow, ice and the steepest gradients to delight passengers with a four-hour journey of breath-taking beauty through this iconic mountain range.

Beginning in the north at Chur, capital of the canton of Graubünden and the oldest city in Switzerland, the narrow-gauge railway that carries the scarlet-liveried  Bernina Express winds its way south-eastwards through the Alps, crossing into Italy shortly after Poschiavo, to its destination in Tirano.

Highlights

The Alpine passage that the Bernina Express makes from Switzerland to Italy has been acclaimed as Switzerland's most scenic journey, and passengers have much to admire from the train's panoramic windows.

The first part of the route from Chur passes through the area of Switzerland most populated with castles. As the train ascends into the glacier-dominated region of Bernina itself, the scenery becomes increasingly breath-taking. However, the views are at their most magnificent at the mountain-ringed Lake Bianco, whose placid waters mirror the sky above.

Of the 55 tunnels and 196 bridges that help the train negotiate the trickier natural elements of the route, Solis Viaduct and famous Landwasser Viaduct are particularly spectacular.

 

 

Landwasser Viaduct

 

 

 

13 results matching: Bernina Express

Filters
Filter by
Clear All
Holiday type
Reset
Holiday length
Reset
Theme
Reset
Transport type
Reset
Additional options
Reset

Don’t see the tour you want?

Contact us to create a tailor made tour.

Find out more
Classic Glacier Express
Small Group
Price Reductions
4.7 stars(44 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,095 pp
View Details
Price Reductions
9 days from
£2,095
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Glacier Express
Small Group
Price Reductions
4.4 stars(64 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
8 days from
£1,595 pp
View Details
Price Reductions
8 days from
£1,595
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Varenna
Small Group
Price Reductions
4.3 stars(9 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
£2,095 pp
View Details
Price Reductions
10 days from
£2,095
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation

Don’t see the tour you want?

Contact us to create a tailor made tour.

Find out more
Glacier Express & St Moritz
Small Group
Price Reductions
4.8 stars(16 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSep
10 days from
£2,895 pp
View Details
Price Reductions
10 days from
£2,895
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Engadine Valley
Small Group
2022JunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,795 pp
View Details
9 days from
£2,795
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
9 days from
£2,395
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
9 days from
£2,295
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016
4.7 stars(35 reviews)
2023JanFebMar
8 days from
£1,595 pp
View Details
8 days from
£1,595
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Grand Alpine Explorer
4.4 stars(5 reviews)
2022MayJunJulAugSep
14 days from
£3,895 pp
View Details
14 days from
£3,895
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
Klosters
Small Group
2022JunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,395 pp
View Details
9 days from
£2,395
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Price Reductions
12 days from
£2,795
per person
View Details
tour map
  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
Our customers love our Bernina Express tours
Traditional Glacier Express
23/May
J Tindall
5 stars
“WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE BRILLIANT
Collected by Trustpilot
Classic Glacier Express
17/May
Miss A Steadman
5 stars
“This was a lovely break with an awesome tour guide and amazing group. Everyone took the time to get to know each other and look out for each other. As a solo traveller I found that it was a good balance of group time and free time. The additional excursions were a good touch. There were some steep hills at times but we were on mountains! I would highly recommend
Collected by Trustpilot
Glacier Express in Winter
29/Mar
Mr DAVID pollard
5 stars
“a great holiday
Collected by Trustpilot
Lake Como and The Bernina Express
23/May
S Barratt
4 stars
“Good holiday but too many long coach journeys took the edge of it somewhat, as did having to chase the return of our luggage through First Luggage who were unresponsive. Tim White is a first class Tour Manager and managed to sort out several issues not least when the train broke down on our first day in France. Como is lovely, the food at the hotel was very enjoyable and the Bernina Express was a highlight.
Collected by Trustpilot
The Glacier Express and St Moritz
Jul 11 2019
Les Mackey
4 stars
“We were downgraded on the Glacier Express because of overbooking. This was not the fault of GRJ. At the last minute we were reinstated for most but not all of it. It meant we had to travel on later trains to the group. The train journey from Cologne to St Moritz was tiresome and involved changes of stations, trains etc due to the problems on German Rail. This was not the fault of GRJ. However, the journey took 13.5 hours. Our tour guide was brilliant, he did his utmost to get us there as quickly as he could. He was constantly cheerful no matter what was thrown at him. He is a credit to GRJ. Overall the holiday was superb. Lovely scenery, hotels.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Grand Alpine Explorer
16 Aug 2018
Mr M Ward
4 stars
“The hotels were of variable standard. We felt the hotel in Traunkirchen was not of 4 star standard with regard to facilities, room, and the hotel was not particularly well situated. The dinners served in St Moritz were of poor quality and appeared to have been prepared on an extremely tight budget. However the hotel in Innsbruck was excellent and we would have preferred more time there than in Traunkirchen. The total porterage worked excellently which is why we give the holiday 4 and not 3.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys

A touch of class

Bernina Express trains typically comprise two or three First and Second class carriages separated by a bar and services carriage at the train's centre. The carriages in both classes are spacious and offer air conditioning, panoramic windows, comfortable seating and an at-seat trolley service providing light refreshments.

Second Class carriages are designed to carry more passengers and are configured with two rows of tables, one each side of the carriage, each of which provides seating for four people.

First Class carriages comprise one row of four-seater tables and one row of double seats. Carrying fewer passengers than Second Class carriages means that First Class passengers enjoy more space and greater legroom and larger, leather-upholstered seats. Fewer seats in First Class also mean that the views from the carriages' larger panoramic windows are less obstructed.

 

 

Bernina Express Interior

 

 

 

The section of the Bernina Express's route that passes through the Albula and Bernina regions between the Swiss Town of Thusis and the Italian town of Tirano became a UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008.

This prestigious status recognises the supreme feats of engineering that were achieved by railway builders in the early twentieth century in overcoming natural obstacles to connect remote Alpine settlements whilst simultaneously minimising the impact upon the stunning landscape.

Passengers can learn more about the route, its history and its highlights courtesy of an on-board commentary during the journey.

From the train's terminus in Tirano, the connecting Bernina Express allows passengers to continue their journey by road along a route that follows the shores of Lake Como and Lake Lugano to the city of Lugano itself on the Swiss/Italian border.

Get in touch with one of our Travel Specialists

Helping you plan your holiday...

Call

Enquire
James Starkie
James
Helen Laverack
Helen
Lynne Broadley
Lynne