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Jul 24, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Hi, I'm Patricia from Buenos Aires and I'm travelling to Milano in November. Sadly I've found out that the Bernina Express does not run on early November, and I really really wanted to see the Alps during a train trip.

So I've seen that there is a train from Milano to Tirano, as a first step. That I can do.

But then, what do you recommend me to do in order to have a nice view of the alps, glaciars, tunnels and snowy views?

Which train should I take from Tirano? I was thinking maybe a Tirano to St. Moritz train, but St.Moritz looks pretty "bleak" in November, moreover on a Sunday, which is the day I have to do such trip.

Is there a route that you can suggest me to see the Alps by train? I really like snowy pikes, glaciars and tunnels.

Thank you so much for your help and sorry if my English is not that good ♥

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Jul 24, 2019 - 12:32 AM in reply to patriciaevel

Hello Patricia from Buenos Aires and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Do I understand that this is a day trip from Milan?

There is no problem taking regular trains on the Bernina Railway Tirano to St Moritz. Trains run regularly and offer the exact same views as offered by the Bernina Express.

Don't worry about the prospect of St Moritz being bleak. You might pick a fantastic sunny day.

You can get from Milan to Zermatt and see the Matterhorn in 3 and a half hours one way so that's an alternative for you.

Your English appears perfect.


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Jul 24, 2019 - 12:38 AM in reply to patriciaevel

The alternative to the Bernina Express is the Bernina Express!

It is important to understand the difference between the 'Bernina Express' and the 'Bernina Railway'. The Bernina Railway is the (originally independent) railway line from Tirano - St Moritz - Tirano. It became part of the Rhätische Bahn* (RhB) in 1943.

The Bernina Railway itself does not connect to Chur

It has regular 'normal' train services

www.fahrplanfelder.ch/ fileadmin/fap_pdf_fiel ds/2019/950.pdf

You don't need them as the normal coaches give the same views, but panoramic coaches are attached to some ordinary trains in the off season, for example the 09.41 from Tirano

Last modified on Jul 24, 2019 - 12:44 AM by 1960man
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Jul 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM in reply to patriciaevel

Hi patriciaevel!

You can pretty much follow any of the scenic train routes without actually using the panoramic trains. So if a specific train doesn't run because of low season, regular trains will usually be available, allowing you to still enjoy the route. The differences are explained under "Regular trains versus Bernina Express" at www.myswissalps.com/be rninaexpress. Other scenic rail routes are listed at www.myswissalps.com/ac tivities/scenictrips/t rain. The timetable at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable will allow you to plan your trips.

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