Bernina Express reservations & lunch in Tirano?

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Jul 2, 2018 - 7:21 PM

I am about to buy a Swiss Flex pass for myself and 2 friends. They want to ride first class. We are in Klosters for 1 week. We would like to ride the train from Chur to Tirano and back in a day trip. Should we buy the Flex pass and then reserve seats for the Bernina Express in that order? I see that we can pick up the pass at the airport on our arrival. Where do you go for that? Any recommendations for a lunch spot in Tirano ? We will only be there a short time. thanks, Kim

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Jul 2, 2018 - 11:18 PM in reply to Treblemakerm

Hello Treblemakerm and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

You can make reservations without having already bought the Swiss Travel Pass. See c-trains/bernina-express#info. You could go one way on regular trains (no reservation neede) and one way on BEX.

You can buy a Class upgrade to 1st Class if you have a 2nd Class Pass.

You can buy the Pass before you arrive in Switzerland but the Flex Pass must be posted to you - there is no on-line delivery option as for the normal STP. See isstravelpassflex/pric e. Otherwise you can buy at SBB station at Zurich Airport (you may have to queue).

John Evans
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Jul 3, 2018 - 8:16 AM in reply to rockoyster

Great cafe on the station square. Lovely food and rapid service.

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Jul 3, 2018 - 1:21 PM

There are several tempting cafés / restaurants close to the station, with outside tables. If you fancy a picnic of fresh pasta or pizza, there's an amazing fresh pasta / pizza shop, El Trigo, on the main street, Viale Italia, about four minutes' walk from Tirano station. A huge slab of freshly baked Margherita for 1.50 euros - they have too an amazing array of fresh pasta dishes that they'll heat up for you in a foil tray, for maybe 2.50 or 3.00 a good portion. The pasta melanzane (aubergine) was so good! Slight warning - like many shops, it closes at lunchtime!

The Italian Railway Station adjacent to the Bernina Station has a lovely ice cream stall outside!


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Jul 4, 2018 - 1:00 AM in reply to JohnYorks

Thank you John Yorks for the information at the Tirano station.

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