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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

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icon12 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Board the Bernina Express, the historic red Swiss mountain train, for a ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. After a coach ride from Milan to Tirano, board the train to travel on the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express route with its unsurpassed alpine views. Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina Pass to St Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore the chic mountain town before your return to Milan.
  • Rail tour from Milan aboard the Bernina Express
  • Take a scenic coach tour to Tirano, located at the foothills of the Swiss Alps
  • Travel by train through the Bernina Pass to elegant St Moritz
  • Pass stunning alpine scenery, including glacial lakes
  • Enjoy free time to explore Tirano and St Moritz
  • Learn about the region from a guide as you travel

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Ride one of the world’s most scenic mountain trains to St. Moritz and be back in Milan by dinnertime.
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
The tour may be bilingual. Please check at reservation.
Bernina train ticket (2nd class)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Largo Cairoli, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Please be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour.

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Well known by its moniker ‘the Little Red Train,’ the Bernina Express was designed to climb the Swiss Alps with ease. A testament to engineering work completed more than a century ago, the train is still able to complete the cliff-clinging Bernina Pass on a route that now has UNESCO World Heritage status.

Travel from Milan to Switzerland in the morning, and relax on your coach journey to Tirano. After some free time in the town, board the Bernina Express and gaze out of your window as the historic train passes through the idyllic stretches of Northern Italy and the Swiss Alps.

Ride over the spiral viaduct of Brusio, and along the Bernina Pass to Engadin. Watch the scenery change from windswept gorges and snow-clad glaciers to the chic chalets of St Moritz.

Hop off the train to enjoy free time in the town. An elegant vacation spot that’s popular for winter sports, St Moritz has a bounty of attractions to keep you busy. Stroll the lake, ogle the snow-specked mountains that ring the town, enjoy lunch or browse the local chocolatiers to sample Swiss chocolate. All food is at your own expense.

In the early evening, return to Milan by coach. Your tour of Northern Italy and Switzerland finishes with a drop-off at the start point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Brusio Spiral Viaduct
Your journey continues taking you over the spiraling Brusio viaduct and through the Bernina Pass (2253 meters above the sea level) into the Engadin Valley before arriving at St. Moritz. Along the way you'll pass wild gorges and icy glaciers, cross soaring bridges and shoot through loop tunnels. This north-south Alpine crossing offers breathtaking views and stunning scenery as you travel over boldly curved viaducts and through winding tunnels.The view goes around while the train winds up to the heights of the famous circular viaduct of Brusio,with a 90-degree curve.
Pass By:  
Bernina Express
The station "Ospizio Bernina" lies at 2253 m a.s.l., making it the highest-altitude station on the Rhaetian Railway. From the train you will se the Alp Grum, the Palu Glacier and the Lake Palu.
Stop At:  
Lake St. Moritz
After the train journey you will visit the exclusive resort of St. Moritz, stopping at Swizerland’s best chocolate house and enjoy free time to explore the ‘Top of the World’ before returning to Milan by air-conditioned coach.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano
Your journey starts amid the palms of Tirano, northern Italy. You will visit the church of Madonna of Tirano, one of the most beautiful churches in the region of Valtellina.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Times indicated in the program and order of the visit are subject to possibile changes due to traffic problems and/or organizational requirements to ensure full enjoyment of the tour.
  • Weather conditions are extremely variable; practical, versatile clothing is recommended.
  • Itinerary could be changed for organization reasons.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zani Viaggi

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This trip takes about 13 hours Milan-Milan but it it is a must, because of the fabulous train ride threw beautiful snowed landscapes." See review
  • "If you stop for lunch in Tirano before boarding the train, I strongly recommend that you pass on the tour guide's reco and go to the Merizzi restaurant for a fantastic meal." See review
  • "For the technical stops, given the group size, I recommend to give a bit more time." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Fantastic day trip
Eirini_R
, Sep 2021
The best beautiful route by train. .Evething was wonderful. Serena was the best tour guide and Rosa was a very careful and responsible driver. Everyone should make this spectacular day trip. Thaks for all.
star-5
Great day trip
Jennifer_O
, Sep 2021
The guide was excellent and frequently let us know of the itinerary so there wasn't any issue on time. The train ride was fantastic and having an hour in St Moritz was plenty of time.
star-4
Spectacular Alps
Hazel_H
, Aug 2021
Spectacular visions at each turn. The train was comfortable and the alps were spectacular. Timing was a problem. When we arrive on time as designated, stop waiting forthose who aren’t. Our day was cut short at stops due to a late departure by almost an hour thereby pushing everything back. These same late people were late all day.
star-5
A spectacular day in the Alps
patrice_k
, Aug 2021
This was probably one of the best tours I have ever taken. The scenery riding the train was incredible. I thought I would be bored by the 5 hours up and 5 hours back but the scenery was more than enough to hold my attention. And the hour and a quarter spent in St. Moritz was more than enough time to wander around the town. So overall, I would highly recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip!
Joy_L
, Aug 2021
It was good! I enjoyed the trip! Serena the tour guide was so nice and knowledgeable. Luciano, the driver was nice as well.
star-5
Don’t miss
couplanuts
, Aug 2021
Loved it! Very organized and beautiful scenery! Wished there was a little more time on the Switzerland side however. Would definitely recommend though.
star-5
St Moritz!
Paul_L
, Mar 2020
Such an amazing train journey through the alps. Stunning views. Comfortable bus ride and wonderful guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very Nice but be aware you can't eat on the bus
Isela_P
, Feb 2020
Everything was good, the sceneries amazing, well organised, the only thing is We weren't allow to eat on the bus, the tour starts at 7pm me and my friends were starving and we had to wait until we arrived to a town just to eat a croissant and coffee, will be good if people know in advice this specially if you travel with children so you can prepare and eat something before you go in to the bus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Worth the money, not the time.
shanegk
, Feb 2020
The rides through the alps via train and bus were beautiful and well worth the fee. However, the multiple stops were rushed and unnecessary and offered little in terms of food/drink. Overall, the tour was unorganized, rushed, and we felt like it was a waste of a full Day of our vacation. Do a day or two in cinque terre instead.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Worst tour experience in whole Italy just because of tour guide
varund256
, Feb 2020
We took the tour via travel agency Zani Viaggi. The tour guide was terrible who was not even able to complete the sentences in English. Secondly, he was too rude to be a tour guide who was constantly yelling at the tourists and was not willing to stop the bus for bathroom breaks as well (no matter how urgent is it for anyone). He even has the audacity to skip giving us the feedback forms just to avoid a bad review.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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