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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
Milan Visitor Center - Zani Viaggi , Largo Cairoli, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

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

7:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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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.

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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

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star-5
Vistas Alucinantes
AnaliaElisabet_D
, Aug 2022
Máximo very nice guide in spanish Only I suggest one change. Stay less time in Tirano and more in St Moritz, because you have only 45 min.
star-3
Good
Deborah_C
, Aug 2022
It was good apart from the long coach journey. It was four hours to get there and then three hours back
star-5
Unbelievable experience.
Catherine_K
, Aug 2022
What an amazing trip. Our guide Anna was brilliant. The bus trip was slightly longer than we expected, but the train was amazing. Totally worth the money.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The. Views.
Virgilio_A
, Jul 2022
The views we’re amazing. It’s a must see experience. The trip to and from was on point. The tour guides were excellent and shared. Plenty of info. With us. Worth the money.
star-5
The tour guide was very...
Anonymous
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the views were breathtaking!!! The town of St. Moritz was beautiful.
star-4
The drive to St. Moritz...
Jaine_T
, Jul 2022
The drive to St. Moritz was picturesque and pleasant. We enjoyed having a couple hours of free time in St. Moritz. The train ride was also enjoyable, even though it was NOT on the train with the elongated, panoramic windows (as advertised). It also only covers a very short stretch of the overall Bernina Express route and there are no opportunities to get off the train for pictures (also somewhat misleading based on the advertising for this tour). Overall it was a pleasant day. Our driver and guide were both great.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
The free-time in...
JeanSimon_B
, Jul 2022
The free-time in St.Moritz and the explanations given byour guide. The train ride itself is very beautiful, but a little bit long.
star-3
Six hrs in a bus for...
William_T
, Jul 2022
Six hrs in a bus for three hrs of train is excessive. The guide takes about Milan and the trip out to the starting point. After that, minimal dialog.
star-5
The best
Setareh_H
, Jul 2022
It was the best place that i have ever saw in my life. The tour was good too. And you can see a lot of places in one day. Just it makes you a little tired because you have to stay like 10 hours in bus and train.
star-3
The train was...
Lorraine_B
, Jul 2022
The train was disappointing- nothing about it was Express. It stopped in every town. It also did not have the big windows that are shown in the photos. It had pull down windows. We also had to ride the bus up to St Moritz and the train half way down- also unexpected. It took over 5 hours to go up and over 5 hours to come back with only about 1 1/2 hours in St Moritz. It didn’t allow much time to do anything. There was a few scenic areas coming down that made for great photos. I’m sure it’s really beautiful in the winter.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
It’s worth every penny!!
Ohnma_K
, Jul 2022
It’s worth every penny!! Majestic Mountain Views that you won’t see any place on earth!!! We all love it so much and enjoyed every minute!!!
star-4
Long but comfortable day
Georgia_D
, Jul 2022
I enjoyed this tour. It was a long day (7am meeting time, returned at meeting point at 8:15pm) but at least we were comfortable. It was nice to have a rest stop for breakfast in the morning and in the afternoon. I like that the bernina express had an open area on top because you can take great pics without the getting the glare from the window.
star-5
Bus Driver
Michelle_C
, Jul 2022
Our bus driver was fantastic on how he handled the steep, winding road. Very professional. The whole day was very enjoyable and the train ride was incredible.
star-5
Bernina Express is a must go tour
Matthew_C
, Jul 2022
The Bernina Express ride is a must if you decide to go on a full day tour but I would start with it instead of ending with it, just a suggestion 😃 . Prepare your cameras for wonderful scenery shots!
star-5
Bucket list tour if you only have a day!
Anthony_M
, Jul 2022
Wonderful Scenary and fantastic guide. Guide had terrific knowledge of geography, history, culture and current state of both countries! Loved that the tour provided bottled water (a must during record European heat wave!). Rest stops very good and not rushed. Would suggest tour offer first class tickets as an option (over 2nd class) as first class train car had panoramic glass ceiling, better seats and A/C).
star-5
Loved this tour but guide should show appreciation for tip!
holly
, Jul 2022
St Moritz - Alps - Switzerland Glaziers! Magnificent! This Tour was Awesome! I highly recommend it. It was 13 hours and worth every penny. One of the best tours ever and u travel all around the world every year all the time! I have a couple construction positive suggestions: Take stickers off bus windows so you can take better pictures Install update bus - phone chargers so your phone does not run out of battery and you can still take beautiful photos constantly And for the Guide who’s name is Mico- I had read you did not care for Americans- You gave a Fantastic tour- BUT I could tell it pained you to converse with my husband and I independently. And when I was nice enough to make the effort to Tip you and the bus driver- You could not even bother to look at me and thank me for it. How RUDE of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband watched the entire thing thing and stated I might as well of thrown the mi rt in the gutter because you didn’t appreciate it at all.
star-3
Don’t go during a heat wave
Amber_H
, Jul 2022
The bus was so hot 🥵 it was uncomfortable. We could not hear the speaker very well from the back of the bus. You need a better intercoms system. The speaker was very nice.
star-3
Read fine print
Stuart_E
, Jul 2022
The train trip through the Alps was absolutely amazing as was St. Moritz. Did not expect a 3-hour bus ride from Milan to St. Moritz. Stopped at Italian version of a rest stop for meals-disappointing.
star-4
Beautiful views
Todor_S
, Jul 2022
Seeing a glacier for the first time in my life was the best part of the trip. I wish we could do a stop and take the gondola to the top. Next time I will budget more time and do the trip on my own. Overall it is a good trip, but is a bit much for just one day.
star-5
Switzerland is beautiful....
Nandish_C
, Jul 2022
Switzerland is beautiful. The very best that nature has to offer. The train journey is an experience of a lifetime.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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