Bernina Express day excursion from Zurich

Season 2019:
Bernina Express train (option 1):

Bernina Express train & bus (option 2):

April 25 - October 27: daily
October 27 - November 24: only Thursday through Sunday

Season 2020:

Tour departure:
Pick-up and drop-off by your private guide at all centrally located Hotels.

Tour description:
Experience this spectacular a-one-of-a-kind journey on board the Bernina Express from Landquart/Chur to Tirano. Travel from Glaciers to Palms in a half day.

The highest railway across the Alps climbs to the glaciers before descending to the Italian village Tirano. 55 Tunnels, 196 bridges, and spectacular scenery await you on this Unesco World Heritage train line. Pass over the great Landwasserviadukt and the Brusio Circular Viaduct, a masterpiece of engineering.

Option 1 - both ways by train, circular tour:

We meet between 6:15 and 6:45 at your Hotel. We continue to the Zurich main train station, from where we travel to Landquart. There we board the Bernina Express. On the outbound, we travel through Klosters and Davos to Tirano. We reach Tirano by 1.30 PM where we have a 50-minute lunch break. On the way back we travel with the Bernina Express to Chur. The route is the same as on the outbound, except for the last hour where we travel through Thusis to Chur, before we head back to Zurich.

Arrival time in Zurich: around 10 PM.

Option 2 - Bernina Express train & bus:

Early departure time! Pick-up between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM, depending on the location of your Hotel.

We leave Zurich central station in the early morning and travel to Landquart / Chur where we board the Bernina Express.

Take a scenic ride on the Bernina Express bus which will take us on a three-hour ride through the Valtellina, a valley in the Lombardy region of northern Italy and along the shores of Lake Como to Lugano. 

This beautiful city on the shore of Lake Lugano is in the southern Italian speaking part of Switzerland. There we have time for dinner and a short walk through the village and Lake Lugano before we return to Zurich by train.

Please note: The Bernina Express bus has only one class of travel.

We arrive in Zurich around 11 PM.

Limited availability! As the train can sell out many weeks before departure, please book as soon as possible, so that we can secure the seats for your desired travel dates. 


-Scenic train ride
-One of only three UNESCO world heritage train lines worldwide
-Bernina Express from Glaciers to Palms
-Lunch in the Italian village of Tirano
-Optional: Bernina Express Bus to Lugano


Activity level:

Option 1: Very early departure time. (Meeting time around 5:30 AM)

Option 1:
very low
few changes of trains

Option 2:
few changes of trains
change to bus in Tirano
(larger flight of stairs)


First class

Group size/ Price per Person

1 adult: CHF 650.-
2 adults: CHF 420.-
3 adults: CHF 370.-
4 adults: CHF 340.-
5 adults: CHF 300.-
6 adults: CHF 280.-

Children 6 -15 years: CHF 70.-
Children 3 - 5 years: CHF 20.-


Tour specific info

Surcharge of CHF 80.- per adult for bookings which are made less than 8 days before departure.

To ensure a good experience, we offer this tour only in First Class.

Children 0 - 3 years: this tour is not suitable for infants and with a stroller


Local laws

The Canton of Ticino forbids wearing face coverings. Fines up to CHF 10`000 can be imposed. Therefore SWISSDAYTOURS will not take clients with face coverings to this canton.

If anyone in your party requires to wear a Burqa, Niqab, or anything else that covers the face, please book Option 1 (without Bus).