Bernina Express with Swiss Half-Fare card

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neodad
neodad
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Sep 23, 2017 - 4:22 AM

Based on the site's sample spreadsheet, we are planning to buy a Swiss Half-Fare card for our trip next month. Unfortunately, we already made a reservation on the Bernina Express (Lugano to Pontresina) assuming we were going to buy a Flexi-Pass, and it's not cancellable. The Rhaetian Rail site won't allow us to combine the existing reservation with a new ticket. Any advice for rectifying our problem? We are tying up 2 seats on the bus we won't be using, which could prevent someone else from traveling that day. Any advice would be welcome.

rockoyster
rockoyster
4019 posts
expert
Sep 23, 2017 - 5:11 AM in reply to neodad

Hello neodad and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

I'm not sure from your question whether you are still planning to do the Bernina Express trip or not. Assuming you are doing the trip you should be able to buy tickets, to go with your existing reservation, using your Swiss Half-Fare Card at the SBB ticket shop on-line or at the SBB ticket office in Lugano.

If that doesn't solve the problem then I'd suggest you contact Rhaetian Railways via www.rhb.ch/en/contact/ contact-form. I have found them very helpful.

I actually did the opposite. I bought tickets assuming a half-fare card then decided to buy a Swiss Travel Pass. They were happy to refund the half-price fare I had paid as I was still making the trip.

neodad
neodad
7 posts
new member
Sep 23, 2017 - 5:22 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks. Yes, we are still planning to go. The website would not let us proceed without re-reserving. I've also sent an email, as you suggested, so I'll wait for their response. Good to know they were helpful when you contacted them -- thank you for replying so quickly!

rockoyster
rockoyster
4019 posts
expert
Sep 23, 2017 - 5:50 AM in reply to neodad

Hi neodad,

You don't have to buy the the tickets through RHB if you already have the reservation. You can buy from SBB. Check timetable here www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

Attached is an example of what you will see if you search from Lugano to Tirano. The 5950 bus is the Bernina Express. You will be warned that you need a reservation.

The same process applies for the Tirano to Pontresina leg. Just make sure you pick the right train which will be designated BEX.

(Note the first two screenshots are from the legacy timetable at fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/qu ery.exe/en the last screenshot is from the more modern website that you will get to using the timetable link above)

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