Jan 8, 2020 - 6:58 AM
in reply to Jmbau13
Hello Jmbau13 and Welcome to MySwissAlps,
You can buy seat reservations up to 6 months in advance on bit those trains. Buy them as soon as your plans are firm. You can buy tickets (or a Saver Day Pass which may be cheaper) anytime within 2 months of travel.
If you want to pick seats the official sites are best - shop.glacierexpress.ch/gex_en/specials/daytrips/glacier-express and shop.rhb.ch/en/bernina-express.
If you just want seat reservations and are happy to take pot luck on seat location then you can make reservations at www.myswissalps.com/glacierexpress/tickets and www.myswissalps.com/berninaexpress/tickets.
What are you doing once you get to Tirano? If you are proceeding to Italy see www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/italy.
I strongly recommend using the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi) for checking train, bus, boat and cable way timetables, finding fares* and buying tickets on-line if required. In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the SBB timetable it is worth first reading the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/timetable.
* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app can also display a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections. You can also easily filter modes of transport (eg bus or ship).
Just because you are not travelling every day does not mean that a pass may not be advantageous. At Chur you might want to take a day trip to Arosa for example.
Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.
Last modified on Jan 8, 2020 - 6:59 AM by rockoyster