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Apr 23, 2013 - 5:20 AM
i found about this forum while i am searching for Swiss rail passes.
i hope you can assist me on this matter.

i have read on your page information about the Swiss Transfer ticket/Swiss Card, applies for the scenic train including Bernina Express.
How does it work?

From Italy, I plan to enter Switzerland through the Bernina Express(Lugano-Chur).
Is this counted as the first leg of journey ?
So i only need to pay reservation for Bernina Express ?

Then for the second leg of journey, from the hotel to Basel Airport.
(still deciding to stay at Chur or Zurich or Lucern).

Many thanks,
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Apr 23, 2013 - 3:03 PM

Welcome Lusy! The Swiss Transfer Ticket and the Swiss Card wouldn't be valid for the route Lugano-Tirano-Chur. That's because these passes require you to take the most direct and cheapest route from the border or airport (Lugano) to your destination (Chur, or Lucerne/Zurich further along the line). In this case, the shortest route would be via Bellinzona. The Bernina Express via Tirano is a long and thus more expensive detour, not covered by these passes. So you have a couple of options:

  • enter via Lugano, but take the shorter route via Bellinzona with your Swiss Card or Swiss Transfer Ticket;
  • enter Switzerland via Tirano and skip the leg Lugano-Tirano, or pay for it. The Bernina Express train leg Tirano-Chur is considered to be the most direct route to Chur from this point, and will thus be covered;
  • make the entire Bernina Express trip from Lugano to Tirano and Chur, but choose another pass that's not bound to specific routes. Depending on the duration of your stay and your further travel plans, you could look into a Swiss Pass, Swiss Flexi Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card. These would be valid for the complete trip Lugano-Tirano-Chur.

If you have a pass that entirely covers the route, you'll only need Bernina Express seat reservations. The Swiss Half Fare Card would require you to arrange for seat reservations plus 50% discounted tickets.

I hope this helps a bit!

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