I plan to take the Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano & stop in St Moritz for a night on the way. How can I purchase the tickets?

I'm planning to take Bernina express for the section of Chur to Tirano. And i'd like to stay one night at St Moritz on the way to Tirano. However, I can't seem to purchase tickets on line with above iteniary. There is no Bernina express option when I purchased these two tickets in two different dates. please help. thanks you!
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  • Hi, just would like to give you a bit more clarity on my planned iteneary

    Jul.20: Zurich - Chur (by any train, stop by Chur for a few hours)
    Jul.20: Chur - St. Moritz (by Bernina express, stay 1 night at St Moritz)
    Jul 21. St. Moritz - Tirano (by Bernina express)
    Jul 21: Tirano - Venice (by any train)

    The problem is: when I tried to book Jul.20 and Jul.21 separately, there's no such option for me to choose Bernina express. and I would like to book the Comfort seats for the best view. Please help!

    Thank you.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 16, 2015 18:27
    Thank you for your question, Christie.

    From Zurich to Chur, there are direct InterCity or regional trains.

    The actual Bernina Express train from Chur to Tirano does not stop in St Moritz. To get from Chur to St Moritz, you would instead take one of the regional trains, which do happen to run along the same route as the Bernina Express.

    A connection from Tirano to Venice would take about 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Milan along the way. The trains from Tirano to Milan are regional trains, while the trains from Milan to Venice are high-speed Frecciabianca trains.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering a route.

    With that said, trains in Switzerland can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended travel happens to fall just outside of this time frame, you would enter an earlier date (some time within the next 90 days) to get an idea of the ticket costs and view schedules for your routes operating within Switzerland.

    Generally, trains in Italy can also be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. However, this is the time of year when the annual 'Summer Schedule Changes' occurs with the national rail network of Italy. As a result of the Summer Schedule Changes, many trains operating after June 13th have not yet been updated into the international booking system, including the trains along the requested routes from Tirano to Milan and Milan to Venice.

    In the meantime, you can just enter a date some time in April or May to get an idea of the ticket costs and view schedules for trains from Tirano to Milan and Milan to Venice. We expect the post-June 13th schedules for these trains to be released some time by mid-May at the latest (but hopefully before then), at which point you would be able to purchase the tickets. To see when you can book these tickets, I would just recommend checking the routes on our website periodically.
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  • I’m thankful
    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks a lot for your detailed feedback :)

    Just a few follow ups-

    - Is there any other stop Bernina express will take between Chur and Tirano where I can spend a night in the mountains (assuming it's a pretty town)?

    - If there's no stop for Bernina express, how come there is a Bernina option for the route of St Moritz - Tirano on Jul.21?

    - Is there any other scenic route that would lead me to Milan after taking Bernina express? (if I'm not going to Venice).

    Thank you!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 17, 2015 18:03
    You're welcome, Christie.

    There are Bernina Express trains from St Moritz to Tirano; however, they are separate from the Bernina Express train that goes from Chur to Tirano, and it just happens that the one that goes from Chur to Tirano does not stop in St Moritz en route. It does stop in Samedan and Pontresina nearby but not actually in St Moritz. In any case, the regional trains that do go direct from Chur to St Moritz follow the same route as the Bernina Express, so you don't necessarily have to take an actual 'Bernina Express' train in order to pass by the same views. With that said, the regional trains from Chur to St Moritz do not have the panoramic windows that Bernina Express trains do. If you wish, you can book a Bernina Express train from Chur to Pontresina and then another Bernina Express train from Pontresina to Tirano. Pontresina is only 10 minutes from St Moritz by train.

    For the segments from Chur to Pontresina and Pontresina to Tirano, the Bernina Express might not be labeled when you pull up the results of these searches on our site; however, they can be distinguished by their train numbers. The actual Bernina Express trains will have 3 digit train numbers that begin with a '9'.

    Of the Swiss scenic routes, the ones that provide for the easiest access to Milan are the Bernina Express and the William Tell Express. The Bernina Express because it can culminate in either Tirano (only 2.5 hours from Milan by direct train) or Lugano (only about 1 to 1.5 hour from Milan by direct train) and the William Tell Express because it can culminate in Lugano. The William Tell route consists of a boat across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Flüelen, a train from Flüelen to Bellinzona, and another train from Bellinzona to Lugano.

    If you're interested in taking the William Tell Express route instead of the Bernina, you would just break up your search once in Bellinzona when you go to purchase the tickets. Additionally, you would have to type 'Lucerne-Boat Wmtell' (instead of just 'Lucerne') as your departure city. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment from 'Lucerne-Boat Wmtell' to 'Bellinzona' and another search for connecting trains from 'Bellinzona' to 'Lugano'. When you pull up the results of your search for the first segment, the departure 'station' in Lucerne would be labeled 'Luzern Sgv Wm Tell'. The tickets we issue for this segment of the route would be valid to cover both the boat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the train from Flüelen to Bellinzona.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 14, 2017 19:23
      Update:

      As of 2017, the ‘William Tell Express’ scenic route is now known as the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ scenic route.

      The actual route is still the same, following the rail line between Flüelen and Bellinzona/Lugano that goes through the old Gotthard Tunnel.

      Also still considered part of this experience is the steamboat on Lake Lucerne, connecting Lucerne and Flüelen.

      From April 14th to July 2nd of 2017, the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains only operate on weekends and will not run all the way to Lugano. Therefore, during this time frame, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' will only run between Flüelen and Bellinzona. In Bellinzona, passengers can connect to another train that will take them the short distance to Lugano.

      From July 3rd to October 22nd of 2017, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains run daily between Flüelen, Bellinzona, and Lugano.

      For taking in the scenery, 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains have panoramic windows in 1st class.

      For passengers traveling with a rail pass, the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ trains do require reservations, which would also be inclusive of the steamboat. When booking reservations for the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express', you would have to type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city or arrival city, with either ‘Bellinzona’ or ‘Lugano’ in the opposite field.

      If you'll be traveling on a day when the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains don’t run (i.e. a weekday between April 14th and July 2nd, 2017), you would instead take a series of regional trains that follows the same route. While you would still be following the same route and enjoying the same scenery, the regional trains do not have panoramic windows, like the actual ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ trains do. The regional trains on the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express' route are:

      Flüelen-Erstfeld
      Erstfeld-Bellinzona
      Bellinzona-Lugano

      The regional trains do not accept reservations. Therefore, any passenger traveling with a rail pass would only need to show the rail pass to board.

      Other notable changes with the new ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ route are:

      - Now offered in 2nd class but with no panoramic windows

      - Eurail Passes no longer cover the Lake Lucerne steamboat but do provide for a 50% discount (Swiss Travel Passes, on the other hand, are still valid to cover the Lake Lucerne steamboat in full)

      - A meal is no longer included on the steamboat
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  • Hi, My wife and I are intending to take the Bernina Express from Chur to Tarino on either the 7th or 8th of June and from my investigation of timetables it would appear that the train going south requires me to change trains at two points. Is this right or am I looking at the wrong train? The stops are samedan and pontresina but on the same day northbound there are no train changes. Please help.
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  • Hi,

    I and my husband are planned to travel from Chur to St. Moritz on 5 May 2017. We have bought Bernina Express ticket on web from Chur to Pontresina but cannot buy ticket in "www.rhb.ch" from Pontresina to St. Moritz. Shall we buy ticket from other website?

    Please help

    Thank you so much
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  • Hi,
    my fiance and I are thinking of travelling on the Bernina Express towards the end of December.
    We have tentatively planned to spend a few days in Lugano and then travel to St Moritz with the Bernina Express.
    Is this possible?

    Thanks.
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  • Dave (Official Rep) July 11, 2017 18:32
    Hi Elena,

    The Bernina Express Bus from Lugano to Tirano only operates during the summer months. You may want to consider regional trains between the two cities, or, traveling first to Chur and making your way south towards St Moritz. Several regional trains operate on the same route the Bernina Express train takes. Schedules are typically published 90 days in advance, feel free to check back in with us then.
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  • Thanks! Does the Bernina express train from tirano to st.moritz operate in winter or is this also unavailable?
    If so, what are the normal prices?
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  • Dave (Official Rep) July 11, 2017 19:00
    Hi Elena,

    Yes, the Bernina Express train operates year round, though with limited service to / from St Moritz. The main route is between Tirano and Chur. Pricing is available 90 days in advance at www.raileurope.com, and is subject to change. I would recommend checking back in September. Thanks!
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  • Hi Dave ,
    We have booked to travel from Freiburg in Germany to Chur ( via Zurich) and then connect to Bernina Express to Tirano.
    Freiburg to Tirano is a single ticket for our family booked thro' Bahn DB website.
    For Bernina Express , seat numbers are not mentioned in the ticket nor prompted at the time of booking.
    Is reservation of seats necessary on Bernina Express?
    If yes , how do we now?
    Thanks
    Ram
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  • Dave (Official Rep) January 08, 2018 18:12
    Hello Ramakrishnan,

    Seat reservations are required for the Bernina Express, and would be included in the price of tickets purchased at www.raileurope.com. Reservations are generally available 90 days in advance, online or by calling us toll free in the US.

    Please note, we are not able to provide assistance for the DB Bahn website, as this is a separate company.
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