Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. It has 9,053 inhabitants (2016) and is adjacent to the Switzerland-Italy boundary. The river Adda flows through the town.
St. Moritz is a high Alpine resort town in the Engadine in Switzerland, at an elevation of about 5,910 ft above sea level.
Montreux is a resort town on Lake Geneva. Nestled between hills and lakeside, it's known for the Montreux Jazz Festival, held in July.
The Jungfrau at is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, between the northern canton of Bern and southern canton of Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch.
Swiss trains run like clockwork, and they pretty much live up to it. Switzerland is covered by a frequent, punctual and efficient train network that's easy to use. You can just turn up, buy a ticket and hop on. But before you plan to explore Switzerland, you'll need to know the different kinds of trains that will take you where you want to go. And you'll be surprised that this is an affordable experiential journey.
Types of Rails
There are mainly four trains that take you on different routes: Bernina Express - Switzerland's most scenic train; Glacier Express - Another great Swiss scenic train; Golden Pass Line - Montreux-Interlaken-Lucerne; and Jungfraubahn - right to the top of the mountains. All the rails are integrated and you can hop on one to the other.
A narrow gauge train with panoramic sightseeing cars run by the Rhätische Bahn from Chur & St Moritz in eastern Switzerland south to Tirano, just across the border in northern Italy. You can travel in summer or winter, through the scenic overland journey from London, Paris or Zurich to Milan, Florence, Venice or Rome. Experience the magic of the Swiss Alps as part of a magical roundtrip on the UNESCO Bernina Red Train from Tirano, Italy, to the world-famous St. Moritz. A one-day tour costs from US$75 per person.
A regular scheduled year-round train service between Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and St Moritz in the Engadin skiing area. Billed as Europe's slowest express, its a narrow-gauge train which takes 7½ hours to cover just over 290 km (180 miles), at an average of around 24 mph, just so you enjoy the spectacular Swiss mountain scenery unfolds outside the train's panoramic sightseeing windows.
Get on board the classic Alpine trains and let the Glacier Express take you through the breathtaking landscapes between Zermatt and Chur. Admire the beauty of the Swiss Alps in all its magnificence at US$354 per person for a two-day / one-night tour, which includes overnight stay with breakfast.
Golden Pass Line
A narrow-gauge route from Montreux to Lucerne via the well-known ski resort of Gstaad. It's slower than using mainline trains between Montreux, but very scenic and marketed to tourists as the Golden Pass route. It's actually three separate trains, all connecting with each other and each run by a different private operator: Montreux to Zweisimmen by the Montreux-Oberland Bernois Railway (metre gauge), Zweisimmen to Interlaken on the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon (BLS) Railway (standard gauge) and Interlaken to Lucerne on the Brunig Railway operated by the Zentralbahn (metre gauge).
Take a five-day/four-night tour including overnight stays from US$982 per person – and exploring Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland with the famous mountain peaks Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau. From here the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe can be visited. The tour shows you the best of historic cities, great landscapes and passing through eight scenic lakes, where you'll see the glacier-covered peaks.
If you find yourself in Interlaken, explore the North Face of the Eiger, traverse the Mönch and scale the Jungfrau to an altitude of over 11,000 feet. By train, of course, on the famous Jungfraubahn, one of Switzerland's most amazing train rides. Completed in 1912, the Jungfrau railway is open all year round and takes you to the most spectacular view of the Alps you can get without being Sir Edmund Hillary.
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