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cinzia33053
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Posted 1 month ago

Any tips on the Zurich to Bergamo via Bernina and Glacier Express (Zurich to Tirano then Tirano to Bergamo) please? Thank you/grazie mille.

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Peter.Freisberg
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replied 1 month ago

Hi.
In general it is like described here in my blog post:
https://raildude.com/blog/view?id=11

Zurich-Visp:
First you travel from Zurich to Visp. There you decide if you want to travel up to Zermatt or start from there on the Glacier Express route in direction of Chur and St.Moritz.
The journey time is 2 hours.
Train tickets cost 50 EUR.
Direct trains every 30 minutes.

From Visp/Zermatt continue as described in my blog post mentioned above.

Tirano-Bergamo:
Trains every hour with one change of trains in Lecco.
Journey time is 2:44 hours.
Ticket price is 10, 50 EUR.

In general you can easily buy your train tickets on:
https://rail.shop/trainline

I definitely recommend one overnight stop along the route.

A rail pass like Interrail is a good choice for Italy, as it is much cheaper than single train tickets.
Have a look on:
https://rail.cc/it/interrail-one-country-pass
The "Interrail One Country Pass for Switzerland". It is 192 EUR for 3 travel days within one month in Switzerland. You can hop-on and hop-off of the trains along the Glacier and Bernina Express route, what I definitely recommend.

If you need more help, please let me know. Peter :)

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replied 1 month ago

For Suisse/Svizzera you can also-if you only travel 1-2 days bu far distance, try the 1-day Pass discount (Tageskarte-NOT valid before 9.00 on mo-fr) offered on sbb.com. I think its 59, maybe 69 CHF if you do not have any discount (about any Swiss using trains more often has). It ois also valid on all bus/tram etc in the country. In fact if you happen to have a friend in a small village in CH there may even be such a yearly season ticket (general ABO) that the villagers can rent for 1 day. BUT you must be early to get the discount and if no show=money lost!
In IT it all depends on which trains you want to take. The fast long-dist. trains all require REServations-can only be done at a salespoint of TrenItalia with InerRail. The local trains are still not overly expensive. DO note the very restrictive and extensive anti-covid measures that prevail in IT.

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cinzia33053
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replied 1 month ago

Thank you!