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Milan to Zurich via the Bernina Express scenic route

We are planning to travel from Milan to Zurich by using the scenic route Bernina Express but want to stay 1 night in between. Although there are various websites discussing the scenic views there is very little availability on maps / routes etc. Do I have to purchase separate tickets for Milan - Tirano then Tirano - Chur and then Chur - Zurich. As the full journey is 10+ hours and as we are planning to travel in Winter (Jan 2017), we would like to break the journey. Is this possible.What Rail Passes will cover the Bernina Express?Do they operate Bernina Express during Jan 2017
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 06, 2016 15:50
    Hi,

    The full route of the Bernina Express also involves a bus from Lugano to Tirano; however, the bus only operates between March 25th and October 23rd. The train segment (from Tirano to either Chur or St Moritz) does operate year-round.

    You would purchase regular tickets by entering a route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. For this trip, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Milan to Tirano, another search for the Bernina Express segment from Tirano to Chur, and then another search for connecting trains from Chur to Zurich.

    Trains from Milan to Tirano and Chur to Zurich can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. The Bernina segment from Tirano to Chur can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    However, this is the time of year when the annual 'Winter Schedule Changes' occur with some of the rail networks in Europe (including the national rail network of Italy). As a result of the 'Winter Schedule Changes', many trains operating after December 10th have not yet been posted in the international booking system, including the Bernina Express trains from Tirano to Chur.

    We expect the schedules for trains operating after December 10th to be released some time by mid-November at the latest (but hopefully before then), at which point you would be able to purchase the tickets. I would recommend periodically checking your actual travel dates in the meantime. Once you see the routes display for dates after December 10th, you will be able to proceed to purchase your tickets. For right now, you can use a date some time in October or November in order to get an idea of the ticket costs and schedules.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 06, 2016 15:52
    Even though Tirano is in Italy, any rail pass that includes Switzerland would cover the Bernina Express. The Bernina Express would just require reservations in addition to the pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route ('Tirano' to 'Chur'), and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.
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