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Greg70
Greg70
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Jun 16, 2022 - 9:42 PM

I just noticed that the Bernina Express route includes a 3 hour bus ride from Tiriano to Lugano. Does this bus have a bathroom on it for the 3 hour ride? I am just picturing worse case scenarios in my head.

Any other options to get to Lugano from St Moritz?

luvmystang
luvmystang
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Jun 17, 2022 - 4:21 AM in reply to Greg70

Just completed a ride on the Bernina bus. From Tirano, after about an hour the bus driver makes a stop and everyone is able to get off the bus for a restroom break, stretch legs, etc.

Anna
Anna
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Jun 17, 2022 - 9:58 AM in reply to Greg70

Hi Greg70,

I'm sure there would be quick toilet breaks in between.

If you're not keen about taking the bus, the other option is to take the train from St Moritz to Lugano via Chur and Zurich.

Regards,

Anna

Arno
Arno
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Jun 17, 2022 - 1:35 PM in reply to Greg70

Hi Greg70,

You could take trains via Monza (Italy) to get from Tirano to Lugano (see https://www.myswissalps.com/timetable). This is a 4- to 4.5-hour ride, and it's not covered by Swiss rail passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass. The Bernina Express bus ride is covered: https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/validity.

Greg70
Greg70
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Jun 17, 2022 - 5:14 PM in reply to Arno

Arno:

I ended up finding out about that line this morning. It looks like Monza is 2:20 long and Lugano is 1:05 long for a total of 3:25 time on train. This is only 25 mins longer than the bus. add another 25 mins between trains. I assume both trains do have bathrooms on board. Although if you don't want to explore Tirano and want more time in Lugano the train gets you into Lugano and 15:58 vs 17:30 for the bus. So 1:30 more time in Lugano.

You do need to book 2 different train tickets as the first leg is on Trenitalia and the second leg is on Trenord.

I am a little hesitant to book the train right now as I have only read horrible reviews about the train service Trenord.

Does anyone have any experience on Trenord from Monza-Lugano??

1960man
1960man
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Jun 22, 2022 - 12:44 AM in reply to Greg70

Monza - Lugano trains are Swiss Federal Railways (FFS in Italian) vehicles so they are Swiss not Italian. Milano and Monza are nowadays part of the cross-border integrated regional 'TILO' network

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jun 22, 2022 - 7:17 AM in reply to Greg70

Hi Greg70,

every Swiss train has toilettes, and as 1960man wrote, the Monza-Lugano trains are Swiss trains, so it should be OK. I think that travelling by train is always more comfortable than the bus.

But in this case, you should also know that the bus travels via a panoramic route so it should be more scenic.

Ildiko

Greg70
Greg70
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Jun 22, 2022 - 3:28 PM in reply to Ildiko

Thank you for all this info! Right now I am leaning toward doing the 2 trains instead of the bus.

Since Monza-Lugano is on a Swiss Train would this route be covered by the Swiss rail pass or would I need to purchase a ticket?

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jun 22, 2022 - 3:39 PM in reply to Greg70

Swiss Travel Pass covers your route until the border (Chiasso), from there you need to buy a ticket for the Italian part of your trip. Learn more here: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/italy.

See the validity map of Swiss Travel Pass at www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/validity.

ILdiko

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