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Family Review of Bernina Express

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children of all ages
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Where else can you go from glaciers to palm trees in a little over two hours? The journey to Tirano includes the highest rail crossing of the Alps, at 7,390-foot Bernina Pass, and the views are unsurpassed. Seating is limited in the open-air cars put on in summer so make reservations far in advance.
  • The trip takes just over two hours from Saint Moritz, a bit over four hours from Chur. You can walk around palm-shaded Tirano, have lunch, then hop on the train heading back to Switzerland. In summer, the trip is narrated. You'll learn that no cogwheels are used; instead the climb is achieved via an engineering design marvel of tracks that loop and spiral for miles.
  • Reservations are mandatory, and don't forget your passports, as documentation is mandatory when crossing the border between Switzerland and Italy. Buy kids ages six to 16 a Junior Card and they travel free with a paying parent. Kids under six are free, but they don't get a seat.

Chur or St. Moritz originating train stations
Parking: daily 8am-5pm offices; train schedules vary
Price: fares vary depending on travel pair

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Price Information: fares vary depending on travel pair
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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