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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
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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
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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Time management
Natasia_H
, Jan 2022
Let's start with the good. The train ride on the Bernina Express is immaculate! The views are breath taking. The tour guides we're very helpful. Now, the biggest disappointment of this tour is the amount of time spent before actually getting on the Bernie express. The 3 1/2 hour bus ride would've been fine but instead it took a total of 5 hours due to unnecessary stops and then an extra hour for lunch before boarding the train. Once we got to St. Mortiz we only had 1 hour and 15 minutes to spend there. That was Not enough time. We would've preferred to spend that extra 2-3hours in St.Mortiz. We would've had enough time to catch the earlier train ride if we didn't spend so much time stopping and taking an early lunch. The focus should be to give tourists more of a Switzerland experience, and in my opinion, we were robbed shortly of that.
star-5
Excellent tour
Maria_F
, Jan 2022
Great tour! Would do it again. It was an incredible experience. The guides were amazing and friendly. Everything was perfect.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Must Do
Timothy_T
, Jan 2022
This is a must do if you are in Milan. The pictures I took on this tour do not do them justice. Riding the Bernina through the Swiss Alps is a once in a lifetime thing. Worth every penny. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and kind. Please note that this is an all day tour so if you have an extra day in Milan, I highly suggest this tour and company.
star-5
One of the best Day Trips !!!
Neeraj_B
, Jan 2022
All in all it was a fantastic experience. Mara was our tour guide. She met us very early in the morning for our coach to the Bernina Express Train. Mara made the trip worth taking with so much information shared throughout the day. It was a great experience to travel by coach to the Switzerland and from there take a train to the mountains all the way into Switzerland. The amount / quality of information shared by Mara made the trip worthwhile. Not to forget the beauty of Alps from the train. For the tour guide to be so personal, informative, friendly and knowledgable made this a great trip. Best part was three stops - two in Italy and one in Switzerland. I will do it again.
star-5
Awesome
Patricia_M
, Dec 2021
Very wonderful excursion. amazing views. Comfortable seats. Nice stop at St Moritz. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and kind.
star-5
Beautiful and exciting...
Jeri_C
, Dec 2021
Beautiful and exciting experience. Loved the church in Tirana . The train ride was very scenic and St. Moritz was great. Only wish we would have had more time to enjoy the city. Josie, our guide gave great information and very helpful.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I’d do it again!
Ryan_B
, Nov 2021
What an amazing experience. Our guide was AWESOME! I wish I could remember her name, because she deserves to be spoken about. She gave us time in different cities up and down the mountain to enjoy and take breaks. The train ride was breath taking. She was very informative!
star-5
Great experience!
Gareth_J
, Nov 2021
We both really enjoyed the trip . Beautiful scenery, amazing climbing up on the train . Guide was very informative.
star-4
The guide was very good....
Nancy_G
, Oct 2021
The guide was very good. The train ride wonderful. Too short a visit to a town that really didn’t offer anything
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
When we got to St...
Sharlene_L
, Oct 2021
When we got to St Moritz,we lost our tour guide,i don’t know what happened.At least, 9 people where looking for her ( 4 groups ) I was disappointed at that time,when we can’t find her,otherwise it was excellent.

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