Means of Transport

The Rhaetian Railway is a narrow gauge (1m) railroad that runs along the ZernezSamedanPontresina/St. Moritz route. The Albula Line (St. MoritzThusisChurZurich) and the Bernina Line (St. MoritzTiranoBrescia/Milano) are listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both lines offer first-class and second-class cars. The trains running along the UNESCO World Heritage routes are equipped with observation cars (subject to surcharge). The world-famous Glacier Express runs between St. Moritz and AndermattBrigZermatt; it also offers observation cars.


The classic yellow PostBuses, which are an integral feature of Switzerlands public image, are more than coaches. A PostBus takes precedence over all other vehicles on Alpine roads, sounding its triad horn (the triad is from Giacomo Rossinis opera William Tell). They run between Zernez and Malles/Mals as well as along other routes.


The Venosta/Vinschgau Line (operated by SAD) is a standard-gauge railway with railcars and panoramic windows. There is only one class of carriage. The line runs from Malles/Mals to Merano/Meran and on to Bolzano/Bozen, through the picturesque Venosta Valley.


Trenitalia (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiano) is Italys largest railway company. Its trains run throughout Italy. There are regional trains and express trains. NOTE: tickets much be purchased before departure, and must be stamped before embarkation. Frecce Bianche express trains run between Santa Lucia, Padua, Vicenza, Verona and Brescia. Seat reservations are mandatory: they can be made either online or at ticket counters.


The German Railways (DB) and the Austrian Federal Railways (BB) are known for their well-maintained Euro City trains. They run between Munich, Innsbruck, Bolzano/Bozen, Verona, Bologna and Venezia Santa Lucia. There are both first-class and second-class cars; the restaurant cars, incidentally, are also recommended. There is no need for booking seats in advance; tickets may be purchased aboard the train.


Trenord, in association with Perego bus lines, operates modern standard-gauge railcars between Brescia, Lake Iseo, Calmonica Valley, and Edolo. There is only one class of carriage. Each railcar is equipped with large panoramic windows. Trains depart from Edolo four times a day to Tirano in Valtellina Valley, the connection point for the Bernina Line (UNESCO).