Mar 9, 2011 - 4:12 AM
1) The quickest train connections from Innsbruck to Tirano shown by the Swiss timetable cross the Engadine already (Samedan and Pontresina). So you can't really enter
the Engadine from Innsbruck via Tirano. Of course you can get to the Engadine first, and then take the trip to Tirano and back as an extra (it's a beautiful route), but this would result in a journey of over 10 hours in total. (For example: you could leave Innsbruck about 10am, arrive at Pontresina about 3pm, get to Tirano around 5pm, and then head back to the Engadine again and arrive there about 8pm.) Instead, you could skip the return trip Pontresina-Tirano, or do it first on May 31 before heading for Chur. But this would result in a long train journey as well, leaving no room for taking a cable car to a viewing point up in the Engadine mountains.
2) Whether you want to stay two nights in the Engadine, or one night there and one night along the route to Chur, depends on your wishes. You may still find snow at the Corvatsch, Diavolezza or Piz Nair. Please take a look at the Engadine tourism website
for more information. The towns closest to St. Moritz are the most expensive. Those situated a bit more to the east (such as La Punt and Zuoz) may offer more affordable accommodation. Nice towns along the route to Chur are Filisur and Bergün.
3) There are direct train connections available from Zurich to Paris. They can be found in the Swiss timetable
. Changing trains is relatively easy. Although the railway station of Zurich is quite large, the signs are clear and you can prepare your trip very well, knowing in advance at which platform you'll arrive and from which platform your train to Paris will leave. This information is provided by the timetable too.
I hope this answers your questions! Best regards,