Section 2: Pontresina to Tirano by Berina Express

Section 2: Pontresina to Tirano by Berina Express

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Simage
Simage
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May 15, 2018 - 12:28 PM

I am planning to take the Berina Express 2nd section trip from Pontresina to Tirano and back to Pontresina on a day trip. I have STP and I understand there is a need to make seat reservation for both ways. Do I have to make seat reservation now as I will be there around 3rd week of June 2018? Or could I book it when I reach St Morit areas?

I am into photography, is there a way that I can travel this route and alight at certain point to take pictures? Any advice will be much appreciated.

Arno
Arno
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May 15, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Hi Simage,

You only need reservations if you want to travel on the actual Bernina Express. Personally I would take it one way, and take a regular train back, but taking the Express twice is of course possible. For your goal the regular trains would be best.

A reservation is valid for one specific train, so if you get off that train it will be expired. You can book a reservation when you are in St. Moritz. But, the risk of the train being booked out increases as the travel date gets closer.

Have fun!

Last modified on May 15, 2018 - 12:43 PM by Arno
Simage
Simage
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May 15, 2018 - 5:07 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks Arno for the advice. I was thinking to take Bernina Express to Tirano around third week of June. Do I need to make reservation online to ensure I can get a seat?

How do I take regular train on the trip back to Pontresina? Do I take this train from Tirano Station and is it all the way or I need to change train on the way back?

Chantal
Chantal
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May 15, 2018 - 5:48 PM in reply to Simage

Hi Simage,

Yes, you should do that online.

Use the Swiss railways timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable). Click the plus icon of a travel option to see more details and if / where you need to change trains.

Simage
Simage
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May 23, 2018 - 4:02 AM in reply to Chantal

Thanks Chantal for the information.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 23, 2018 - 4:10 AM in reply to Simage

For the Bernina Express you need a reservation just to get on the train not just to ensure a seat.

Best place for bookings is www.rhb.ch/en/panorami c-trains/bernina-express#cart.

Simage
Simage
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May 24, 2018 - 2:33 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks Rockoyster for the info. I was thinking of taking Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano and then take a local train back to St Moritz, The reason is I wanted to take photos from the train windows that Bernina Express might not offer such means. Am I correct? If I could take photos in the Express train, then it would be easier that we travel back to St Moritz by Bernina Express.

Do the local trains travel back to St Moritz and how do I go about doing it? Is it cover by STP? Would taking local train give me more opportunity to shoot the scenery and do they travel back the same route as Bernina Express?

rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 24, 2018 - 3:32 AM in reply to Simage

I presume you mean take photos without the glare on the glass you will get in the panoramic windows. I have never been on the regular trains on that route so not sure how easy it is to just drop a window and lean out. Pity you aren't travelling in July - see bit.ly/2IHjo47.

Use the SBB Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to work out what regular trains ply that route. You can just hop on and off at will with an STP. You will find the actual Bernina Express trains denoted BEX. Not all BEX run from St Moritz. From Chur to Tirano the nearest they get to St Moritz is Pontresina.

Simage
Simage
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May 24, 2018 - 4:50 AM in reply to rockoyster

Yes, I am refering to the reflection or glare on the glass. Thanks for the info.

Simage
Simage
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May 24, 2018 - 4:53 AM in reply to rockoyster

So is only July and August that they offer open top train. Yes, miss this opportunity.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 24, 2018 - 6:14 AM in reply to Simage

Hi Simage,

I wonder if you took the photo you are using as you profile picture? Would love to see a larger version. One of the things that surprised me about Switzerland was the number of birds of prey we saw while there.

Simage
Simage
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May 24, 2018 - 6:34 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi Rockoyster

Yes I took that bird shot. Is a Black Winged Kite shot in Singapore here. I love to photograph wildlife. You are welcome to view some of the shots at www.torshots.com/Wildl ife-and-Nature/Avian.

Where is the place in Switzerland that we could see birds of prey? Not sure if I can post a larger version version of the photos here as is not relevant to the forum.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3395 posts
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May 24, 2018 - 7:31 AM in reply to Simage

Hi Simage,

Thanks for the link. Some nice shots.

We saw birds of prey from the trains while out in the countryside. Not so much in the mountains - more in the rolling green farmlands I guess. Someone else on the forum might have some ifo on the best places to go look for them.

Simage
Simage
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May 24, 2018 - 1:15 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks Rockoyster. I will look out for them.

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