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    Bernina Express to St Moritz

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Updated Jan 23, 2015

    We caught the IL TRENINO ROSSO (LITTLE RED TRAIN), or THE BERNINA EXPRESS from Tirano in Sondrio Province, Italy, across the border, through the Bernina Pass to St Moritz. The Journey takes about 2 hours, and it is an UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE protected train trip, only the third train trip in the world which is UNESCO World Heritage protected.

    Our base was Tirano (and we have built a page on Tirano, Italy), and one day, we caught the train from Tirano (there is the Swis/Rhaetian railway station just next to the Italian train station) and went to St Moritz.

    And after walking around the splendid lake near the train station, we took a train back to Tirano.

    The point of our trip, for us, was to look at the stunning views and scenery between Tirano and St Moritz, from the train.

    It is a stunning train journey.

    It is not necessary to pre-book tickets. You can buy them on the day at the train station.

    In Tirano, tickets are sold in both Swiss Francs and Euro.

    There are winter and summer timetables, and timetables can be found on the website.

    The Rhaetian Railway website has numerous languages, and here is the English version:
    https://www.rhb.ch/en/home

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    Driving

    by german_eagle Written Jan 3, 2015

    I use to drive to the Upper Engadine. It's not that enjoy driving much, but the train ride from my part of Germany to St. Moritz is awfully long, involves a number of changes and is very expensive. St. Moritz and the Upper Engadine are directly accessible by car from any direction, unlike other mountain towns (think Zermatt, Grindelwald e.g.)

    From the rest of Switzerland (except Ticino) you drive via Chur, from there either over Julier or Albula pass, the latter more scenic and with less traffic, but closed in winter. From (south-)western Germany you also drive via Chur, from (south-)eastern Germany you drive via Munich - Garmisch - Fernpass - Landeck and up the Inn river valley. From Austria you drive via Innsbruck and up the Inn river valley from there.

    From Italy (and Ticino) you drive via Lake Como and Chiavenna, Maloja pass to St. Moritz. From northeastern Italy you can drive via Merano and Venosta valley over Ofen pass.

    All of these drives are over mountain passes, except those up the Inn river valley, but that one is on quite narrow and curvy roads, too. So please be careful and calculate more time than you might think at first. Coming from Switzerland/western Germany, in winter there's the option of loading your car on the train in Klosters and going through the Vereina tunnel to the Lower Engadine, this way avoiding the driver over Julier pass.

    During my vacation in the Upper Engadine I rarely drive. Public transportation is sufficient. Parking at the trail heads or at the cable car stations is NOT free, and I love starting the hikes at one place and ending them at another, so car makes no sense. Most hotels participate in the "free public transportation" program anyway, so the train/bus rides are free anyway.

    Bernina pass road, Montebello curve narrow street in Sils-Maria Main road near La Punt Maloja, a car workshop (garage) parking at Sils-Furtschellas cable car station
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    Horse-drawn carriages

    by german_eagle Written Jan 3, 2015

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    A very environment friendly and romantic way to get to places away from roads are the horse-drawn carriages. You can hire one for just you and your company, but that's pretty expensive - calculate 100 CHF for an hour or even more. The other option are the carriages that are officially named "Pferdeomnibus" (horse bus). They run on regular schedules on three routes in the Upper Engadine: One from Bever in the valley of the same name to restaurant Spinas (but there's also a train that runs the same route.), another one from Pontresina train station to Hotel Roseg in the Roseg valley and finally one from Sils-Maria into the Fex valley.

    My favourite is the one from Sils to Fex - I recommend to take it as far as Fex-Cresta (where the chapel and a two restaurants are) or all the way to Hotel Fex at the end of the valley. And I suggest you walk back to get burn the calories of the lunch or cake that you most likely had at one of the restaurants :-)

    My second recommendation is the one to Hotel Roseg. It's a little longer, about 7.5 km one way, and it is through woods in a rather narrow valley, so views on the carriage ride are limited. The views from the hotel make up for it, though. And you can take a walk further into the valley or, in summer, start a *real* hike from here.

    Last time I took the horse-drawn carriages they ran about 4 times a day in each direction, in peak season once more late afternoon, fare was 17 CHF one way, 27 CHF round trip. Ask for details at the local tourist information offices.

    Horse-drawn carriage at Lake Staz Horse-drawn carriage at Hotel Fex Horse-drawn carriage at Hotel Sonne (Fex Valley) Horse-drawn carriage in Sils-Maria Horse-drawn carriage at Hotel Fex
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    Graubünden Pass

    by german_eagle Written Jan 3, 2015

    For anyone who plans to explore the Upper Engadine in depth, from one end to the other, the Graubünden Pass is a good option. It covers public transportation in either one zone of the canton that you select, or in the entire canton Graubünden/Grisons. The zone "Upper Engadine" covers - beside St. Moritz and Upper Engadine - the Müstair, Poschiavo and Bregaglia valleys, and the Postal bus over Julier pass to Bivio. Since recently the bus between Tirano and Mals via Stelvio pass in Italy is included, too.

    You can choose from two options: Either 3 days validity within 7 days or 5 days validity within 14 days. I chose the latter, although I stayed only one week - but I used public transportation daily, so it was the better deal.

    Calculate about 100 CHF for the 5 days within 14 days version. Prices increase a couple of CHF every year, though. You can buy the pass at RhB railway stations, Postauto ticket shops in almost every small town, online and from bus drivers. You validate it by filling in the date of the day you want to use it.

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    Funiculars

    by german_eagle Written Jan 3, 2015

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    In addition to cable cars and chair lifts there are two funiculars in the Upper Engadine that take you up to the mountains: One runs from St. Moritz Dorf to Corviglia with a change at station Chantarella, the other one runs from Punt Muragl up to Muottas Muragl. Neither accepts the Swiss Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card, but if you stay in a hotel which participates in the "mountain railways/cable cars inclusive" program, these rides are covered.

    Funiculars have the advantage that they actually stick to the ground, unlike the mountain cable cars that are high up above the ground - so people with fear of heights can take funiculars without any problems, too.

    The Muottas Muragl cable car has the longest operation hours in the Upper Engadine: It runs from late May through end of October, the again the full winter season until after Easter holidays, and it is open until 11 pm for the guests of the hotel-restaurant on the top.

    Muottas Muragl funicular Muottas Muragl funicular Corviglia funicular seen from St. Moritz Bad Corviglia funicular entrance in St. Moritz Dorf
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    Cable cars

    by german_eagle Written Jan 3, 2015

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    The most convenient way to get to mountain tops, viewpoints and trailheads higher up is taking one of the many cable cars in the Upper Engadine. And in winter they take you to the groomed ski runs, of course, but can also be used by non-skiers. Swiss Pass, Swiss Half Fare Card etc. give a 50% reduction for Corvatsch and Furtschellas, not for Diavolezza and Corviglia/Piz Nair. No reductions with the Graubünden Pass at all.

    However, same as with public transportation train/bus: If you stay two or more nights in a hotel in the Upper Engadine which participates in the "mountain railways/cable cars inclusive" program, these rides with the cable cars are covered. Check the details with your selected hotel, because many offer "public transportation inclusive" also.

    Near Bernina pass, at the RhB train stop Bernina-Diavolezza, starts a cable car up to Diavolezza, one of the fantastic viewpoints in the Upper Engadine. The views of the Bernina massif and Piz Palü with the glaciers are gorgeous. There's a mountain hotel/restaurant on top, and it's a starting point of hiking trails as well. In winter it turns into a very snow reliable skiing area - I like it a lot.

    In Silvaplana-Surlej (bus stop) starts a cable car in two sections up to P. Corvatsch, with 3303 m the highest easily accessible point in the Upper Engadine. The views are stunning - glaciers in close distance on one side, panoramic views of the western Alps as far as the Valais and Bernese Alps (weather permitting, of course!) on the other side. You can do a short walk on the glacier below, and in winter it is a fine skiing area for the advanced skier. From the middle station Murtel (2701 m) you can take hikes in several directions.

    A little outside Sils is the station of the cable car up to Furtschellas (2312 m), a starting point to interesting hikes with beautiful views. In winter it is also a skiing area, connected with previously mentioned Corvatsch.

    Last but not least, there is the hiking (in summer) and skiing (in winter) area above St. Moritz: A funicular takes you from St. Moritz Dorf to Corviglia, where the cable car starts up to P. Nair - in summer start for the hike on the backside of the mountain and in winter one piste leads to the rather gentle runs in the rear of the skiing area. From St. Moritz Bad another cable car takes you up to Signal (2110 m), from where you can start easy walks/hikes in both summer and winter; in winter it is right in the middle of the large skiing area with lots of chair lifts.

    Furtschellas cable car Piz Nair cable car Diavolezza cable car Corvatsch cable car, upper section Corvatsch cable car, upper section
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    Bus

    by german_eagle Written Jan 3, 2015

    For getting around in the Upper Engadine you mostly take the buses. They go to places where the trains to do run, especially from train stations into the towns (Pontresina and St. Moritz, e.g., where the train stations are below the actual towns) and from St. Moritz further up the valley via Silvaplana and Sils to Maloja.

    Some years ago the yellow postal buses were replaced by the blue-red Engadinbus, only the buses from St. Moritz to Bregaglia valley (-Chiavenna/Italy) and the buses over Julier pass to Chur are still the traditional yellow postal buses.

    The buses run frequently, at least hourly, on main routes often two or three times an hour. The Upper Engadine has a public transportation network, fares are calculated upon zones and times. You can buy single trips, day tickets and weekly tickets e.g. However, there is also the regional pass "Graubünden pass" (see separate tip) and the Swiss Pass is also valid, of course. What I said in the RhB tip applies to the buses, too: If you stay two or more nights in a hotel in the Upper Engadine which participates in the "public transportation inclusive" program, then you can ride buses and trains in the Upper Engadine for free during your stay. Have a closer look at the details, some hotels offer free mountain cable cars/gondolas as well, and regarding the buses - some hotels offer free public transportation in the Bregaglia valley also.

    Last but not least, both Silvaplana and Sils have free shuttle buses in winter that run from the village to the respective cable car stations (Surlej - Corvatsch in Silvaplana, Furtschellas in Sils), frequency is about every 20 minutes.

    Engadinbus near Pontresina Engadinbus in Sils-Maria Postal bus in Zernez Free shuttle in Sils-Maria
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    RhB (Rhaetian Railway)

    by german_eagle Written Jan 3, 2015

    The backbone of public transportation in canton Grisons and the Engadine is the Rhaetian Railway. To get to St. Moritz you take the train either from SBB railway stations Chur (via Albula route) or Landquart (via Vereina tunnel, mostly with a change in Sagliains), with stops in Samedan and Celerina before finally arriving in St. Moritz. Another train route runs from St. Moritz via Pontresina and Bernina route to Poschiavo and further to Tirano in Italy where you can change to trains in direction Lake Como and Italy in general. Another regional train route connects St. Moritz with Scuol in the Lower Engadine, with stops in e.g. Celerina, Samedan, Zuoz, Zernez ...

    Trains run hourly in general, standard fares are calculated as usual in Switzerland. However, you can save money by getting a regional pass (see separate tip on Graubünden pass). Swiss Pass is also valid. Another option is to stay two or more nights in a hotel in the Upper Engadine which participates in the "public transportation inclusive" program - in this case you can ride trains (and buses) in the Upper Engadine for free during your stay. Have a closer look at the details, some hotels offer free mountain cable cars/gondolas as well, some even public transportation in the Bregaglia valley.

    Very special are the open railcars that are in operation on the Bernina pass route between St. Moritz and Poschiavo in summer. It is sort of the feeling that you have with a convertible car :-) Be prepared it can be cold and windy, though. But you can walk in the "normal" car anytime during the ride. Check timetables for trains with those cars, usually on regional trains in the late morning from St. Moritz. No surcharge.

    Pontresina train station RhB train near Bernina pass in a RhB train open railcar RhB on Bernina route
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  • Know before you go

    by elizdyer Written Oct 28, 2014

    Just a few tips:

    First off, the Engadine pass is totally worth it. It makes navigating the bus and railway system smooth and easy. If you're like me and you don't speak German, Swiss German, or Italian, then you may find it difficult figuring out WHERE ON EARTH YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO SCAN THE BLOODY THING, then this tip is for you. Just climb on the train and someone may or may not be around to scan your card. :) This applies to both trains and buses.

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    The funicular to Muottas Muragl

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    The funicular to Muottas Muragl is ´just about 4km from St. Moritz and its a great place for a panoramaview and a lot of fun for the whole family! I had been there in August, but this funicular is also working in wintertime. There is a large carpark next to the station of this funicular and the parking there is totally free of charge. On the top you will find a hotel and restaurant, read more about it on my link below !The hotel is under reconstruction at the moment and will be open again in December 2010, the restaurant is open though also in 2010 !

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    The returnticket to Muottas Muragl is 30sfr
    and is open in summerseason:
    from June 6th till October 18th,
    and in winter : Dec. 19th till Feb. 28th,
    07.45am is the first funicular every day
    and at 11.00pm the last one leaving downwards
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    Engadin Wanderpass is including lots of cablecars around St.Moritz
    and is 67 sfr for 2 days, 97 for 3 days and 127 sfr for 4 days
    all of the summerseason is 304 sfr in that area
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    A Familyticket for Muottas Muragl is available every Wednesday
    in summer from 11.00 till 03.00pm for just 99 sfr
    including the transport of all of the family
    lunch for all of them incl. Mineralwater and
    someone is looking after the kids, while
    the parents go hiking !

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    The Cablecar to Diavolezza

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    Diavolezza is a great chance for you to touch snow any time of the year ! 125 passangers is the capacity of the giant cablecar that takes you up to Diavolezza in a hight of 2997 meters above sealevel. There is a carpark - free of charge - for several hundreds of cars, obviously they need that in wintertime, but in summer it was almost empty in August 2009.
    The station of the train is right next to the cablecar,and it is called Bernina Diavolezza , so it is just a few meters to walk, when you get there by train.
    The ride to Diavolezza takes just about 15 minutes and the cablecars are leaving every half hour in summertime. From St. Moritz you need about 45 min by car to get to the cablecar !

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    Walking - Caminando

    by ezaguryk Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    El mejor medio de transporte es caminar, ya que st moritz no es tan grande uno puede disfrutar del pueblo caminando. disfrutar de lo que la vida del pueblo.

    Cerca del lago hay una caminadera, donde disfruta de la vista de la cuidad en diferentes puntos

    El pueblo se divide en dos st moritz and st moritz bad.


    the best way to know the city it is walking, since st moritz it is not so big, you can enjoying a

    Near to the lake there is a walking street, were you can enjoy the different point of view of the city.

    the town if divided in two, st moritz and st moritz bad

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    TRAIN TO ST MORITZ

    by ezaguryk Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    Parte del viaje de a St. Moritz es la experiencia de llegar................. , mi mayor recomendacion es tomen el tren.

    El trayecto de zurich a st moritz dura 3 horas, y el paisaje es hermoso, solo las foto puede describirlo...........

    Part of the travel to st moritz it is the experience of getting there......., my recomendation it is to take the rain. From zurich to St moritz it is 3 hours, and the view of the scene are incredible.......

    here some pictutes

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    Transporte hacia la montaña / mountain railways

    by ezaguryk Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    Para trasladarse a la montania de Corvigilia, tienes como un monoriel que te lleva desde la cuidad hasta la montana del corvigilia. Los precios varian segun la temporada en que te encuentres y tienes diferentes ociones.

    Desde este punto puedes ir y buscar diferentes teleferiocos, lift etc que te llevan a diferentes puntos de la montañia.

    La vista que se disfruta desde el mono riel de toda la cuidad de St moritz es increible y forma parte del paseo.

    To go from the city toCorvigilia montain, you need to take the mountain railways, the prices change dipending on the season.

    you take two railways to get to the center of the montain, from here you can go to diferent part of the montain, can be on sky or by teleferico.

    you engoy a incredible view of the city of st moritz.

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    The Glacier Express

    by cfuentesm Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    The Glacier Express is the slowest express train in the world but it's a great way to get to this town. The train route links 2 magnificent resorts (St Moritz and Zermatt). It doesn't matter how long you take on this ride, the views are just so gorgeous that its worth it (as well as the price). I've taken it twice. Once from Zurich, once from Geneva.

    Glacier Express Interior Views from Glacier Express Glacier Express Interior
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