Apr 14, 2016 - 5:45 AM
in reply to swissrail
You need to check each leg individually. If you don't do that the timetable provides the quickest way to get from Milano to St. Moritz, which does not include that scenic bus route.
The Swiss part of the suggested route costs about CHF 180 if you buy regular tickets. A Swiss Half Fare Card would only be worth it if you also plan to do a cable car or any other transportation which is discounted by that card.
Tickets within Switzerland can be purchased on the day, but some trains from Milano to Switzerland require a seat reservation so advanced booking is recommended. The Bernina Express bus and train (not the regular local trains) require a seat reservation as well. That also applies to the Glacier Express, but with an overnight stay in Chur you might as well just take the regular trains. Most tickets should be available through www.raileurope.com.au/ destinations/countries /article/switzerland (as you live in Australia; more options here). You'd normally buy one ticket for each day, but make sure it covers the desired route. When buying online, it could be easier to split tickets, e.g. Milano to Lugano, Lugano to Tirano, etc.
Staying in Chur does make sense. The town has a wonderful historical town center. It's the oldest town in Switzerland.
Last modified on Apr 14, 2016 - 5:47 AM by Arno