Milan to Davos via Bernina Express

Milan to Davos via Bernina Express

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wephillips
wephillips
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Nov 13, 2017 - 3:47 PM

Need help with travel between Italy and Switzerland. I'm able to leave Milan on Sat 6 Jan by about 1 p.m. and need to be in Davos by Sunday night, 7 Jan. Rather than fly, I want to go via the Bernina Express route. I was thinking of spending the night of 6 Jan in Tirano, and then continuing the next morning to Filisur. From there, I'd take a train to Davos. I will be with my wife and two young children.

1. Is this a good itinerary? Should I stay somewhere else other than Tirano? Should I just stay in Milan 6 Jan and complete the entire journey on 7 Jan?

2. It appears the Bernina Express leaves Tirano at 1425. It gets dark around 1640. Is it even worth it at that hour? Would I be better off on a regional train leaving Tirano earlier?

3. If I get the Bernina Express ticket, can I use the same ticket to board earlier regional trains and get off and on?

4. I've heard of regional trains having special red Bernina cars? Is this a real thing? If so, how do I book?

5. Are there any sites or agencies that can arrange my entire journey from Milan to Davos, including the Bernina segments?

Thanks!

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM in reply to wephillips

Hi wephillips and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. It would be a long, long day to do Milan to Davos in one day. I would split it up. Tirano would make the most sense as a stop for the night. I don't think the town itself is a destination of itself so I wouldn't hurry to get there necessarily.
  2. Your timings are correct - I would be tempted to take a regional train earlier as well (it is the exact same route).
  3. You only need to buy a ticket from Tirano to Davos. It is valid for any train that day including the Bernina Express train if you wish. If you take the Bernina Express though, you need to add a mandatory reservation.
  4. I'm not 100% sure about the red Bernina cars...but often the Bernina Express train has regional train carriages on it as well (or vice versa however you want to look at it) which may be what you mean. But the only departure with Bernina Express carriages (panoramic) is at 14:26 on Jan.7.
  5. We list some companies here where you can buy tickets from Italy to Switzerland.
rockoyster
rockoyster
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Nov 13, 2017 - 8:23 PM in reply to wephillips

Hi wehillips,

Perhaps for your question 4 you are referring to the new rolling stock which has been introduced between Chur and St Moritz?

”Guests can now experience the numerous highlights along the Albula Line – from the breathtaking nature to the im- pressive viaducts – from the comfort of the RhB’s new artic- ulated Alvra trains. A photographers’ viewing area with extra large picture windows, a special family section with a chil- dren’s play area, a leisure section for mountain bikers, hikers and sledgers and a modern train information system com- plete the range of offers.”

See contura.rhb.ch/en/edit ion/id-201617/the-new-articulated-alvra-train.html

rockoyster
rockoyster
3707 posts
expert
Nov 13, 2017 - 9:22 PM in reply to wephillips

Attached may also be relevant. Maybe Lucas can interpret it better than I can.

It is an extract from this 2018 RHB Sale Brochure www.rhb.ch/fileadmin/u ser_upload/redaktion/D okumente/Verkaufshandb uch/verkaufshandbuch_e n_2018_A4.pdf

Please login to see the attached documents
Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 14, 2017 - 9:31 AM in reply to rockoyster

If I'm reading it correctly, then they are adding "panoramic" train carriages to regional trains in the winter only, between St. Moritz and Tirano. For only a 5chf surcharge as well which is nice.

It sounds the proper Bernina Express train won't be operating during those dates and towns.
Interesting. Sounds like a money saver - no pamphlets, no PA announcements etc. But at least the windows stay!

rockoyster
rockoyster
3707 posts
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Nov 14, 2017 - 9:34 AM in reply to Lucas

The Bernina Panoramic is now a winter thing! Glad you could make sense of it Lucas.

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 14, 2017 - 11:55 AM in reply to rockoyster

Yes, it is similar to last year with a few changes:

- Chur to St. Moritz is serviced by the new Alvra trains (perhaps not all trains though). http://contura.rhb.ch/ en/edition/id-201617/the-new-articulated-alvra-train.html

- There is one Bernina Express in the winter from Chur to Tirano and back. And an occasional one from St. Moritz during holidays. This might be slightly different than before, but it was always limited in winter.

As noted above, regional trains between St. Moritz and Tirano will have a panoramic carriage in the winter season (a small supplement required to use those carriages). We have a note on our Bernina Express page on these panorama cars under "more on other websites".

Last modified on Nov 14, 2017 - 12:01 PM by Arno
Gleiva
Gleiva
2 posts
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Nov 16, 2017 - 2:38 PM in reply to wephillips

Check this link has an ofert for the Bernina Express plus free meals in Tirano

www.rhb.ch/en/tickets-travelcards/promotions /bernina-express-special-offer

1 Tirano is a nice place to stop and much cheaper than Suitzerland.

2 Yes Bernina leaves Tirano at 14:25

Last modified on Nov 16, 2017 - 2:53 PM by Gleiva

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