Varenna to Innsbruck via the Bernina Express

Varenna to Innsbruck via the Bernina Express

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padgal
padgal
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Apr 14, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Hi

We need to travel from Varenna in Italy on Wednesday 6th June to arrive in Innsbruck by late afternoon on Thursday 7th June. We want to travel on the Bernina Express for part of the journey. Could you please help with ideas about:

- travelling from Varenna to the Bernina Express

- somewhere to stay on the evening of the 6th June

- how to get from that point to Innsbruck.

We would also appreciate advice on the best type of tickets and whether we need to pre-purchase them (and where to purchase from)

Thankyou!

Lucas
Lucas
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Apr 14, 2017 - 9:20 AM in reply to padgal

Hi Padgal and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You can travel from Varenna to Tirano in about 1.5 hours by train. From Tirano you can take the Bernina Express to Chur at 10:03am and arrive in Chur at 14:52. From here you can head straight to Innsbruck (about 4 hours). It could all be done in one day if you wish!

You can check timetables for all trains here, and read all about the Bernina Express here.
You do have to reserve seats on the Bernina Express in advance as well as buy a tickets. You can purchase both for the train on the link above.

Lucas

Last modified on Apr 14, 2017 - 9:20 AM by Lucas
padgal
padgal
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Apr 14, 2017 - 9:34 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas - we appreciate your suggestions. As we are a couple in our mid 60s we like to take our time! Where would you suggest is a good place to break our journey please?

Thanks

Lucas
Lucas
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Apr 14, 2017 - 9:44 AM in reply to padgal

I would stay overnight in Tirano I think. Leave Varenna later in the day and then take the Bernina Express the next morning.

If you don't want to travel from Tirano to Innsbruck in 1 day (4 hours plus break in Chur plus 3 hours) I would stay in Chur for convenience after the Bernina Express. Or break the Bernina Express up and stay in St. Moritz.

Lucas

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Apr 14, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Hi padgal,

Suggestion from a fellow "senior" traveller if you are fixed on travelling 6/7 June. Depart Varenna in time to take the 14:03 BEX from Tirano. Overnight at St Moritz then regular trains from St Moritz via Chur (same route as BEX but no Panorama cars and no reservation fee) to Innsbruck.

padgal
padgal
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Apr 16, 2017 - 9:51 AM

Thanks Lucas and rockoyster for your very helpful replies - one last question - is it best to buy the tickets on-line or from a travel agent in Varenna?

Cheers

Lucas
Lucas
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Apr 16, 2017 - 10:33 AM in reply to padgal

It would be easier to buy tickets online for the Bernina Express (and sooner the better as reservations can sell out).

For any standard (non-panoramic trains) don't worry about buying tickets in advance.

Lucas

padgal
padgal
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Apr 16, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Thanks again Lucas will purchase the tickets on line. I have read sitting on the left hand side of the carriage is the best side / is it worth booking the panorama carriage in your opinion?

cheers

Lucas
Lucas
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Apr 16, 2017 - 2:55 PM in reply to padgal

Is it worth traveling on the panoramic train? Yes I think so! (and you must book a seat if you decide to travel on it).

I believe on the Bernina Express (and Glacier Express) it won't show you which side you are on unfortunately. That may have changed, either way don't worry too much about the side you end up sitting on. :)

Lucas

padgal
padgal
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Apr 17, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Thanks again Lucas - will book our trip on line

cheers

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