Best route from Basel to begin Bernina Express

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May 14, 2016 - 9:29 PM

My husband and I are on holiday from New Zealand leaving Basel tomorrow in order to go on the Bernina Rail trip. We have a rental car which means we could start from anywhere but after reading many on-line reports we think a good option is to begin that train journey in Chur and do the round trip to Tirano. Would you agree? We have about 3 days before we head to Italy. My second question is what route would you suggest we take to drive from Basel to Chur so that we see the best of Switzerland. And lastly we want to go on a fine day and will wait a day or two if necessary. What weather forecast should we be checking for that? Thank you.

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May 15, 2016 - 7:10 AM

Hi Susan, welcome to MySwissAlps!

The Bernina Express starts in Chur, so indeed that's the town to go to. Once you've reached Tirano you can go back via Pontresina - Zuoz - Sagliains - Klosters to prevent backtracking all of the route. Afterwards you can take the A13 highway towards Bellinzona and Italy.

I assume you'll have a day to reach Chur from Basel. Zurich, Lucerne (Luzern) and Zug are all worth a stop. I'd suggest to pick one of them to explore a bit. Zug is the smallest so it will also be the easiest one to reach and navigate with a car. You can walk along the lake promenade and explore the small historical town center. The weather forecast can be found here.

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May 15, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Thank you for your timely advice Arno and Annika. Much appreciated. Can't wait!

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