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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Badge of ExcellenceMilano, Italy

From USD 146.83

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Board the Second-class Bernina Red Train, Switzerland's alpine delight, 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 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 a second-class Bernina Red Train
  • 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 Travellers Choose This Tour

Ride one of the world’s most scenic mountain trains to St. Moritz and be back in Milan by dinnertime.

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

Start time

07:15 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Brusio Spiral Viaduct (Pass By)

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.

Bernina Express (Pass By)

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.

Additional Info

  • 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 travellers 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 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller 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.
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.
For the technical stops, given the group size, I recommend to give a bit more time.
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Wonderful way to spend a day out of the city
Mary_C, Jan 2023
This trip was a wonderful way to spend a day out. The scenery was beautiful, the weather was perfect and our guide Salvatore was excellent.
Matthew_C, Jan 2023
The scenery was amazing, going through the alps on a sunny winter day. The tour guide was also very knowledgeable and made the tour worth it
Beautiful views. Relaxing.
Barry_R, Jan 2023
Great day trip. Beautiful views. Relaxing. Well organized. Nice memory for a day trip in Italy. If you have a “free day” go for it.
Worth it!
Monica_L, Jan 2023
It was a long day!! But it was worth it. The scene were astonishing! The mountains in the winter are wonderful. My only recommendation is be prepared for a long day seated on the bus and on the train. Also, there is no food on the train and not much time to get food during the stops. Enjoy and good luck!
It was kind of boring
nadeem1324, Jan 2023
Travelled with kids. Tour was basic nothing exciting. Bernina train ride was ok. Our tour guide was very good.
Beautiful Switzerland
SitiZulaiha_K, Dec 2022
Finally got the chance of a lifetime come true to visit switzerland . Loving The scenery by riding the bus & bernina express train. Our tour guide were very friendly and detailed. Skilled & Smooth ride by bus driver.
Zalfa_H, Dec 2022
It’s magical. Especially the 2 hours in st moritz. Beautifully organised trip. Sit on the left side of the bus, eat raclette in st moritz. Enjoy every second of it.
Worth every penny
Taylor_B, Dec 2022
Great host. Everything was planned out very well and had enough stops in between for food and bathroom breaks. Amazing views and good recommendations.
Its a free and easy tour. Dun expect much guide.
MohamedAdnan_I, Dec 2022
The whole trip met my expectation. The scenery, the snow and the picturesque mountains. Make sure to wear right clothing as it is very cold up there. -10 degrees. Take motion sickness tablet if you are those light headed. The bus journey up thr mountains are really straining with the slow speed and endless loops. But the tour group could do better. 1. Have signs outside the place for the tour group to queue. This is differentiate English tour from Spanish/Italian tour. 2. Tour guide could have stand outside the bus and check for participants instead of in the bus. It was chaotic cause the tour participants were rushing to get in the bus and at the same those who already boarded were told to get off as they were in the wrong tour. 3. Pls specify the different types of restaurant at St Moritz. For us who require halal food, we were left wandering like lost sheeps. 4. The volune of the tour guide could be louder. We were seated at the back of the bus and couldn't hear him at all. He was like murmuring to himself. Thanks
A winter wonderland
Eli_V, Dec 2022
A very nice an thorough trip with entertaining guide. Highly recommend if you want to go off the beaten track.
One Time Experience
Vipan_K, Dec 2022
one-time experience. Only a little disappointed as tourists can't explore the places and they have to stay inside the train.
A fantastic scenic journey through the Alos
Kristina_T, Dec 2022
A must do. A bucket -list activity. A trip on the iconic little red train. Beautiful scenery, lakes and mountains. Have a lovely lunch in St Moritz before boarding. A fabulous day out, especially in the winter in the snow.
Trip of a life time
Maryam_K, Dec 2022
Had a great time! The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Safe and clean luxury bus (no wifi) they stopped at a nice restaurant before getting to Switzerland. The trip was well planned. Do get something to eat in Switzerland, it will take a while to get back. Enjoy!
Switzerland Trip
Marsha_B, Dec 2022
The train ride most memorable. Views were spectacular and guide was knowledgeable. Bus was comfortable
Best Experience
Dilraj_S, Nov 2022
We were a family of 6, including 2 infants. Well it was simply amazing. Our guide was Kat, she is simply helpful and amazing person. They execute this trip in a way that you get enough time across various stops during the day.
Unforgettable experience!!!
Diana_P, Nov 2022
Absolutely amazing experience ❤️ The weather was the perfect one! The train was moving slow that give you a possibility for good pictures!
Gorgeous views, great people
Kirsten_N, Nov 2022
Worth every penny! This was a stunning day from beginning to end. The bus ride had STUNNING switchbacks and views but made me horrendously car sick. The tour guide was so sweet and made sure to find a pharmacy once we reached St. Moritz. I felt much better after that and loved spending time walking around the town, grabbing some chocolate and soaking it all up. The train ride is the main attraction and wow it was definitely worth getting car sick at first. Get ready for a movie moment. The windows can be pushed down for best views/pictures and the heater works great so I wasn’t cold at all. I definitely recommend this tour- it’s a must do!
Perfect Tour
Petros_S, Nov 2022
The guide Salvatore and the driver Datome were excellent!The whole tour was beyond expectation!! Will definitely recommend
Ella_S, Nov 2022
Everything about this tour was amazing, such a knowledgeable tour guide. I had a euphoric experience through the alps. SOLO TRAVEL FRIENDLY too
Ginna_G, Nov 2022
The trip to St Moritz, passing through Lake Como was amazing. Make sure you take a seat on the left side for this. St. Moritz is beautiful but quite expensive! The whole Bernina Express trip was amazing. Make sure your phone is fully charged. Breathtaking scenes!