Bernina Express day excursion from Zurich


-Scenic train ride
-Bernina Express from Glaciers to Palms
-Lunch in the Italian village of Tirano
-Optional: Bernina Express Bus to Lugano

Season 2019:
Bernina Express train (Return option 1): daily - all year around

Bernina Express bus (Return option 2):

February 21 - April 24 - only Thursday through Sunday
February 22 - October 27 - daily
October 27 - November 24 - only Thursday through Sunday

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

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

We leave Zurich central station by 6.40 AM and travel to Chur where we board the Bernina Express. The highest railway across the Alps climbs to the glaciers before descending to the italian village Tirano. 55 Tunnels, over 150 bridges, and spectacular scenery awaits you on this Unesco World Heritage train line. Pass over the great Landwasserviadukt and the Brusio Circular Viaduct, a masterpiece of engineering.

Around 1 PM we arrive in Tirano. You will have a 1-hour break in this picturesque Italian village for lunch.

Return Option 1:

Board after lunch the Bernina Express again and return on the same route through Chur to Zurich.

Arrival time in Zurich: between 8-9 PM.

Return Option 2:

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 a dinner 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 and the bus even months, please book as soon as possible, so we can secure the reservation for your desired travel dates. 


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).


Activity level:

Option 1:
very low
few changes of trains

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


Price-1st class

Group size/ Price per Person

1 adult: CHF 590.-
2 adults: CHF 390.-
3 adults: CHF 350.-
4 adults: CHF 320.-
5 adults: CHF 280.-
6-8 adults: CHF 260.-

Children 6 -15 years: CHF 70.-
Children 0 - 5 years: CHF 20.-

Surcharge of CHF 80.- per adult for bookings and prepayments less then 8 days before departure.