5 days at Engandine ¿TRAIN ?MALPENSA TO CELERINE

5 days at Engandine ¿TRAIN ?MALPENSA TO CELERINE

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maribel
maribel
4 posts
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Jul 23, 2010 - 12:46 PM
Hello ,

we spend 5 days at Engandine and we need help,

1-we arrive at Malpensa airport 31/07 at 12h. which train can we take to go to Celerina?

2-we are two adults , which ticket swis pass do you recomend us? we are interested in the bernina to Tirana and stop in diferent towns ,

3-what places between St.Moritz and Malpensa Airoport it is interesant to visit and reserve a hotel
maribel
maribel
4 posts
new member
Jul 23, 2010 - 1:16 PM
sorry , I forget to say THANK YOU in advance
Maribel
Annika
Annika
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Jul 24, 2010 - 5:48 AM
Hello maribel! From the airport, you'll have to get to the central railway station of Milan first. Trains leave every 30 minutes and the trip takes about 40 minutes. Further information can be found here. From Milan, several connections are possible, for example the connection via Bellinzona and Thusis leaving from Milan at 13h10. All connections can be found through the SBB timetable. Simply fill out Milano as your departure station, Celerina as your arrival station and select the right date and time. Please note that seat reservations may be required as it's an international trip.

If you choose a train connection through Bellinzona and Thusis, you'll enter the Engadine from the north. This means that you'll cross some interesting towns which are worth a visit. Check the tourist websites of Lugano and Bellinzona for example. Filisur and Bergün, little towns just north of the Engadine, are situated beautifully, Filisur being pretty much at the foot of the famous Landwasser viaduct.

An alternative (bus) route via Chiavenna will get you into the Engadine via the western side. You'll pass the Bergell valley by bus first, with picturesque little towns such as Stampa and Vicosoprona. A spectacular pass ride then leads up to Maloja, the most western town of the Engadine. Maloja and other towns along the Engadine lakes, such as Sils and Silvaplana, are very pretty.

As for a Swiss rail pass: if you intend to travel quite a lot, a rail pass will be worth your money. But as your travel plans aren't that detailed yet, it's very hard to say which pass will fit your needs best. If the Bernina train trip to Tirano will be the longest one, and only a few other short trips will be made, a Swiss Half Fare Card may be best. For long and intensive travel, consider a Swiss Saver Pass. If your plans become a bit more detailed, calculations can be made to find out which pass is the most economical solution in your case. Good luck on this! If you have further questions, please feel free to post them here.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
maribel
maribel
4 posts
new member
Jul 25, 2010 - 3:03 PM
thank you Annika for your information,but I have mere questions,

1-is there difference betwwen BERLINA EXPRESS ansd BERNINA UNESCO PASS?

2-if we take the berlina can we stop any town we like and go up later or have to go all the time in train until we arrive to Tirano?

3-for comming back to malpensa airport what do you recomend, take the bus until Lugano and then Malpensa or go to Milan? Which lanscape is nicer?

thank you very much in advance
Maribel
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
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Jul 26, 2010 - 5:10 AM
Hello Maribel. Yes, there's a difference between the Bernina Express and the Bernina Unesco Pass. The Bernina Express is the special panoramic train running from St. Moritz in the Engadine to Tirano in Italy. The Bernina pass is the actual pass along Lago Bianco ('the White Lake'). The entire route, including the connecting route further to the north in the direction of Chur, is part of a (protected) UNESCO world heritage. You may also refer to a special package issued by the local railway company, the Rhätische Bahn (Rhb). Under the name of Rhb Unesco World Heritage Pass, several travel packages are available for unlimited travel on all trains between Thusis and Tirano during a couple of days (except for the special panoramic Bernina Express trains, but regular trains cross the route over the Bernina Pass as well). Please read further details on the Rhb Unesco World Heritage Pass to see if such a package is suitable for you. It may not be if have a Swiss rail pass (such as the Swiss Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card referred to in my previous post), as this grants reduced or free travel on the Bernina route as well.

If you cross the Bernina pass with a regular train, you can get out and hop on another train without any problems. If you want to travel in a panoramic Bernina Express train, you have to arrange for seat reservations, so you'll have to stick to your seats in that case. But you can also reserve seats per section in different trains (although only a few Bernina Express trains leave per day). This does require you to plan your trip, including your stop-overs, in advance. Trips can be planned trough the timetable. The icons and further details given with each connection will show you whether a regular train or a Bernina Express train is involved. The Bernina Express timetable may also come in handy for you.

As for which route you should choose for the trip back from Malpensa Airport: both alternatives I mentioned in my previous post are beautiful. You can check the links I gave to get an impression of the landscape you'll cross. The bus route through Chiavenna and the Bergell valley has a more mediterranean, Italian-like atmosphere. The train and bus ride via Bellinzona and Thusis will cross diverse landscapes and will get you to the famous Landwasser viaduct (you actually shouldn't miss out on this experience if you're heading for, or getting back from, the Engadine). You may find the route through Bellinzona and Thusis more comfortable, as you can switch from bus to train and don't have to travel by bus only for quite some hours. Is it an option for you to travel from Milan to Celerina the one way and back from Celerina to Milan the other way? Then you'd be able to experience both rides.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno

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