It’s undoubtedly, the most scenic ride in whole world. Bernina Express, scenic ride around the world! This sounds an overstatement, well, it’s arguably one of the scenic train ride from Swiss passing through snow covered mountains, Alpine gradients tunnels to give picturesque view. The Bernina Express runs from East to South Tirano side of Switzerland. The best time to travel from Bernina Express is in winter indeed!
More on Journey:
Today, Bernina Express route is declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The route of 90-miles is covered in 4-hours, passing through icy mountain, 196 bridges, 55 tunnels and so. The rail route was built in year 1896 – 1904. It’s between the Chur and St Moritz near Samedan, the sister train named Glacier Express shares its route. After passing through Bernina Pass, it reaches top or highest point Ospizio Bernina around 7,390 feet above sea level. Then descend through green trees on both side giving a complete picturesque pretty sight. Passing through point called ‘Brusio Spiral Viaduct’, the most famous site, where tourist jump off their sit to click more and more photos.
The Albula Line and Bernina Line are the main route declared as World Heritage Site in year 2008. The entire route of Bernina Express is meter gauge electrified. In year 1898 to 1904, Albula line was built, today the Rail service is operated by Rhaetian Railway.
In Summer time, the journey gets bit excited. As a separate train travel between Chur to destination Pontresina. Then due to different electricity point of Bernina line, in Pontresina locomotive gets change. While in winter, fall and spring time the express consist of several wagons for regional facilities and so.
The route of Albula line is quite beautiful of amazing landscape. After leaving Chur City, it follows the path from Rhine – Bonaduz. After this it enters the valley called ‘Domleschg Valley’, followed by Posterior Rhine. The Express crosses Landwasser Viaduct after passing from Albula River. When the Bernina Express crosses first spiral tunnel between Bergün/Bravuogn and Preda. In this journey, the train has to reach height of 400-meter in short distance of 5-km that too without using rack-pinions.
How much it Cost?
You have to book online if you are travelling on peak season at prime time. The official Bernina Express site allows you to book online. Let me help you to answer the main question, how much it cost? If you are travelling from:
London to Paris: It will cost you £39- single way journey, while return journey will cost around £69.
Zurich to Chur: it will cost around £43-second class and £47 in first class. Note these charges are excluding reservation charges.
Paris to Zurich: £28-fare of second class and £47 of first class. These price are fixed no extra charge will be added on fare price between this station.
Booking online is best option to get delighted experience of Bernina Express. But if you are new to this, booking through travel agent will help you to solve several queries.