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trophy23
trophy23
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Mar 14, 2016 - 9:31 PM

Hello,

I am wondering about the reservations for the Bernina Express train in the 'winter' (end of April). From what I understand you have the option to reserve on the panoramic cars or ride in the regular cars infront of the panorama cars during the winter? Can anyone confirm or clarify this please? I already have tickets, but have not purchased a reservation at this time.

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Arno
Arno
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Mar 15, 2016 - 10:14 AM

Hi trophy23,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! I think you're referring to the regular trains from St. Moritz to Tirano and back. They include a panoramic car in winter. It's explained on myswissalps.com/ berninaexpress. Also see the link under "More on other websites".

trophy23
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Mar 15, 2016 - 3:14 PM

We are travelling from Tirano to Chur (then connecting onto Germany) we depart on the train at 14:26 which I believe is the actual Bernina Express on a Sunday toward the end of April. When I booked the tickets it gave me an option to select a seat in 2nd class in car 5 (only other option was 1st class car 4) so my understanding was that car 1-3 were regular cars? That iis how it seemed in the email, the made it sound like I could make a reservation at the station In Tirano if there are seats left or just board the regular cars. I wasn't sure so I didn't do a reservation yet. I sent another email to clarify but the answer still wasn't clear.

Arno
Arno
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Mar 15, 2016 - 3:44 PM in reply to trophy23

That train is indeed the actual Glacier Express. Seats in the panoramic cars must be reserved. You can do so in Tirano but if they're booked out you should sit in the regular cars. I'm not sure how many regular cars there are, but I would personally prefer to book a seat in a panoramic car.

trophy23
trophy23
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Mar 15, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Thank you for the info. Is there ome side that is better than the other going Northbound? Will there be any windows to open for better photos?

Arno
Arno
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Mar 15, 2016 - 7:23 PM

You're welcome! Both sides are wonderful. Perhaps the left side is slightly better because of the view on the lake on the Bernina Pass. The windows do not open.

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