The Bernina Express is absolutely stunning. This entire European train ride is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its stunning beauty, ingenuity, and history. On our most recent trip to Milan, we decided to spend our wedding anniversary up in the Swiss Alps on this beautiful train, and we had an absolutely fantastic time.
I mean, we love Milan (as you can see in our Milan Travel Guide), and we chose to leave for a day to take this train. Needless to say, we didn’t regret it! If you’re on the fence, thinking “is Bernina Express worth it?” you can hop right off of it, because the answer is a resounding yes.
This post is not about the Bernina Express itself, but rather how to ride the Bernina Express as a day trip from Milan. So, if you are wondering “Can you do Bernina Express in one day?” the answer is definitely yes!
For more information on the Bernina Express itself, including how to book tickets, check out my informational blog post on the Bernina Express. If you’re asking yourself “How do I take Bernina Express from Milan?” this post was written just for you.
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Follow us along in our vlog from our amazing time on The Bernina Express and in St. Moritz!
Can You Do Bernina Express in One Day?
The Bernina Express is about a three hour train ride. This is pretty short, all things considered, and it can definitely be done in one day. However, the thing that you need to consider is where you are starting from.
The train ride itself may only be three hours, but the transportation from your accommodation to the stop where you get on and then the transportation back to your accommodation from where you get off can add significant time to your day.
If you follow the steps that I outline in this post, you will absolutely be able to do the Bernina Express in one day from Milan. It just takes some coordination on your part, but that is what this post is for! I think it is well worth the time, and I even included the Bernina Express on my list of the best day trips from Milan.
How Do I Take Bernina Express from Milan?
To take the Bernina Express from Milan, you will first need to get to St. Moritz, Switzerland. While the train does run in both directions, it is best to take the train from St. Moritz, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy if you want to do it as a day trip from Milan.
This is because the trains do not run very late in the evening or early in the morning, and taking the train from Tirano to St. Moritz doesn’t leave you much time at all in St. Moritz. St. Moritz is a beautiful town, and you should try to maximize your time there. The most up to date train times can be seen directly on the Bernina Express’ website.
Hopefully this post answered any questions you have about doing the Bernina Express as a day trip from Milan. While it is undoubtedly a long day, it is worth every second of traveling and is a really stunning journey. If you have any questions about doing the Bernina Express as a day trip from Milan, reach out by dropping a comment below! Otherwise, thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.
If you’re planning a take the Bernina Express, let us know! Especially if you are traveling with kids! We’d love to chat ahead of time and answer any questions you have. Otherwise, have a wonderful day and stay present!