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Bernina Express / Switzerland
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Does anyone have any experience with the Bernina express? I was thinking about just doing that through switzerland before heading back up to Amsterdam and possibly just staying at one of the cities along the route or in Chur. Is it worth it?

This is probably a stupid question but it says that regular trains do this route as well… I don’t get it.. why pay extra for the bernina express and not be able to get on and off? Or is it the same route, but different tracks with different scenery? Is the bernina express just good because the panoramic cars…or cause it goes slower? Also if it’s available, should I take the cars with the removable top, or is it a better ride with air conditioning haha…

If I decide to take the Bernina express which city at the end should I get off at and stay in?

Or if I decide to just take one of the regular trains, which towns along the way do you find to be the best? If I want to explore just for a few hours or so, are there any stops along the way that are notable? Or a small town that would be nice to stay in.

Thanks!

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why pay extra for the bernina express and not be able to get on and off?
Because it’s a fancier train (which generally means bigger windows for a more panoramic view on a scenic route) and it provides a running commentary about what you’re seeing on the PA system. Other trains follow the same route or, in the case of the “Heidi express,” nearly the same route. You should be able to get off the Bernina Express and continue your journey, using your railpass, on another train if you want to.

I’d suggest spending some time with a good guidebook for Switzerland and then some time on one of the railpass travel agency sites looking at options for Switzerland. Some of the scenic railroads are privately owned and not covered by a eurail pass while they are covered by a Swiss pass. There are numerous options for railpasses, discount cards, etc. in Switzerland that may be a better deal for what you want.

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We’ve been over that route a few times (I like the scenery) and I would not pay more for the fancier train. The panoramic windows just stretch up into the roof a bit, but the scenery is out the side windows. They only run a very few fancy trains a day, so if you want more flexibility in when you start, take the regular train. I seem to recall that the luxury cars had fixed windows, while the regular cars had windows you could open to take pictures.

We stayed only in Chur, which was nice, but it is a city, not a village. We took a train from Chur to Arosa (spelling not guaranteed) and back, a nearby ski resort, and it too was a very scenic ride. The ticket we had also allowed us to ride a couple of cable cars (it was not ski season).

I don’t know where you are going after Chur, but if it is Luzern, there is a way to turn a mundane ride into a scenic ride by specifying a route through Andermatt.

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