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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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

Reviews

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1,457 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Terrible. Not what was promised.
Bernadette_W
, May 2022
We did not get on the Express train. We got the regional red train. Not got what the title says! The whole purpose of going to Milan for that particular train. Guide gave almost no commentary during the five hour bus ride. Driver drove most of the time on his cell phone.
star-5
The knowledge of the tour...
JOSE_I
, May 2022
The knowledge of the tour guide and the expertise of Marco the bus driver made us feel safe all the way.
star-2
Not Worth The Time
Theresa_C
, May 2022
St. Moritz is not worth the effort. Large percentage of town closed down, very expensive, and though views of Alps & glaciers were lovely, a huge expenditure of time for not a lot of return. Very disappointing. Plus…tour guide opted not to enforce Covid protocol because he thought it was “silly,” which we found troubling. (His reasoning: Italy follows protocol on transport; Switzerland does not, but rules should’ve been followed rather than his opting out)
star-3
Nice train ride, but the travel experience could have been better.
John_P
, May 2022
Everything we saw was great, but the trip experience needs some work. -- The description is unclear re: when we ride the train. Some thought you could ride the train both to and from St. Moritz which you do not; You only ride the train back from St. Moritz; you take a bus from Milan to St. Moritz. -- About an hour or so after leaving Milan we stopped at a rest stop, which was very understaffed; there were only two people trying to serve the entire bus. Additionally, you had to pay first, then they would give you your food, but the food had no little signs identifying what things were so you didn't always know what to ask for. The offerings were very broad: breakfast pastry, pizza, sandwiches, coffee, juices, etc. We were allowed about half an hour here, and it took almost double that. To make matters worse, you had to eat there because you were not allowed to eat on the bus. The food was good, but the service was disastrous. -- Because of this, we did not have sufficient time in St. Moritz to find a place for lunch and enjoy the town. -- Shopping was minimal because most of the shops were closed. We visited in May, which is apparently a time when the shopkeepers decide to close-up. -- The train ride itself was very nice with glorious scenery, and fortunately there were on board bathrooms.
star-5
well organized the tour...
JOHN_D
, May 2022
well organized the tour guide Sara and the driver Marco were simply outstanding. The scenery was incredible
star-3
beutiful train trip
Carmelo_G
, May 2022
the excursion was beautiful, the guide was excellent in many languages and many practical tips, BUT MY DISAPPOINTMENT WAS THAT Infairbooked to make this experience on the BERNINA EXPRESS TRAIN and instead we were told to enbark on a normal route train from St Moritz to Tirano, We as a couple paid 270 euros and the day before we made the SAME ROUTE on the SAME TRAIN, From Zernez to Tirano and from Tirano to Milano by train and we paid 100 euros as a couple. I think that this was unfair treatment and I wont book again with viator.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderfull moment
RidhoEko_M
, May 2022
The tour was on May 8th. The weather was good enough. The guide was good. The scenery during the trip was amazing.
star-5
Long day but worth it
Philip_W
, May 2022
Traveling on Bernina through amazing alpine scenery. We were driven by coach from Milan to Saint Moritz. After a lovely lunch we boarded the Bernina for the return journey.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Trip cancelled
Jayne_A
, May 2022
I can’t review this experience because it was cancelled due to track repairs. We were very disappointed because we were looking forward to this trip very much. This was a once in a lifetime trip to Italy so we will miss this
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are very sorry that you didn't get to enjoy the tour, however as you stated, the tour was canceled prior to the departure date due to track repairs and you were fully refunded. Again, we are very sorry for the inconvenience, but as a company, we do not deserve a 1-star review for this reason. We hope that you can understand: this was not our responsability. Kind regards
star-5
A trip to remember!!
Anna_A
, May 2022
The tour was amazing. So much scenic views that you get tired of taking so much pictures. The views are indescribable and the tour guide was great! Overall an amazing time!!
star-3
Misleading but great views
Joshua_A
, May 2022
Excellent tour guide and your overall. The problem is that the name of the tour is false advertising. You will not go on the more expensive “Bernina Express” with the panoramic windows. You will go on a different red train. I contacted Viator about this and haven’t received any response.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip
Preethi_A
, May 2022
Excellent trip. Sabrina was amazing. Had a beautiful time around alps. Sabrina talked about places in Milan as well.
star-3
Disappointed with Tour operator
Shane_D
, May 2022
The wind screen wipers broke on the bus en route to st Moritz and it was raining heavily but the driver kept on going. Considering we were driving up a mountain I found this extremely unprofessional and dangerous with the twists and turns at over 1,000m. Also when boarding the train you get no info on what side the views are on. We arrived early to board sat on the left side and missed a lot of the views with people blocking them standing up in their seats. The train was half empty but as we were part of the group we could not leave the carriage for a better view. I would probably go alone the next time as tour guide offered very little in my opinion.
star-5
Traveling via Bernina...
Amelia_C
, May 2022
Traveling via Bernina Express Train to the Alps n viewing a lot of things along the way . It’s a spectacular views n unforgettable experience.
star-2
Bad weather for our tour
Corazon_J
, Apr 2022
Our tour was on a rainy/ foggy day. It was cold, wet dreary day. We did not see the Alps. Bad weather. I also thought it was a hop in and out of the train tour, were you are allowed time to get off to explore, my bad.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Poor hospitality
Shannon_B
, Apr 2022
We were supposed to have an English/Spanish tour. We went out of our way (put us back 1 hour) to pick up Italian group. They talked loud whenever the guide spoke English or dismiss do we couldn’t hear. The guide didn’t ask them ti stop. The guides English was very poor. She was not attentive. We got back very late and there were no cabs, she didn’t care about that either. Very poor service but the bus driver did an excellent job driving us to st moritz❤️
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth every euro!
SophiaMari_O
, Apr 2022
I loved everything about this tour. Many thanks to Inna for showing us around. Also, I just hope the meeting point/address is clearer.
star-5
st moritz
Jed_R
, Apr 2022
best time to view the alps is during spring time…there is still now and the lakes are still frozen and covered with snow…folks are ice fishing all over…st moritz is a must see town…the views from the 2 hour train ride are spectacular…
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
One of the best memory ❤ ...
Sylvia_M
, Apr 2022
One of the best memory ❤ I will cherish for a very long time. I have told a friend about and she has booked it.
star-5
Not to be missed!
Helen_W
, Mar 2022
Comfortable, scenic coach ride to St Moritz, with time for lunch and shopping before boarding train, which was warm and comfortable with toilet facilities. Breathtaking panoramic views for 2 1/2 hours, train windows could be fully opened for photos.A very enjoyable and memorable day, loved it
1 traveler found this review helpful

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