Train on the Bernina railway line crossing deep winter snow (photo © Michelangelo Oprandi / dreamstime.com).

Route 36: Over the Bernina Pass

Taking the Railway from Zürich to Milan

Route introduction

The high point of this journey, indeed its entire raison d’être, is the Bernina Railway which links the Engadine area of eastern Switzerland with the Valtellina region in Lombardy. The Bernina is in our view far and away the finest of the three north-south rail routes connecting Switzerland with Italy. In 2008 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Countries covered
Switzerland Italy

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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes over 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and – brand new for this 16th edition – now also the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.

This brand-new 16th edition of the guide to travelling Europe by Rail was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. With tips on ticketing, fares and accommodation, Europe by Rail has become the definitive guide to exploring Europe by train.
Europe by Rail contains all that's necessary to plan your rail journey through Europe: over 50 route descriptions, a country gazetteer, rail connections, information on Eurail and Interrail passes and more.
The 16th edition of Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. You can get hold of a copy in any good bookshop. Here, we list a few additional places where you can buy the book.