Zurich to Tirano by train

  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 23m
  • Distance
    179 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    7hr 54m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Zurich to Tirano by train

Fast trains from Zurich to Tirano take around 5 hours and 23 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 179 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Zurich and Tirano.

1. Are there direct trains from Zurich to Tirano?

Journeys between Zurich and Tirano usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 21 departures on the route from Zurich to Tirano every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 20 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Zurich to Tirano?

The Zurich to Tirano train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 23 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Zurich to Tirano train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Tirano is usually scheduled to depart Zurich around 06:09 and the last train is around 00:28. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Zurich around 06:09, and the last at 00:20.

When to book Zurich to Tirano train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 7 and a half months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Zurich to Tirano by train.

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Which train companies operate between Zurich and Tirano?

More than one train company operates on the route from Zurich to Tirano, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • EuroCity
  • ICE
  • InterCity
  • Intercity-Express
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Interregio
  • Regional Express
  • Regional train
  • Regional-Express
  • Regionale
  • Regionalzug
  • S-Bahn
  • S11
  • Schnellzug

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Tirano to Zurich by train

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via Bernina Pass

The train journey Zurich to Tirano is one of the most memorable in the Alps. Passengers in a rush to get to Italy from Switzerland opt for the direct EuroCity service from Zurich to Milan through the Gotthard Tunnel. This route via Tirano is very much slower but takes in some wonderful scenery. This is the only north-south rail route from Switzerland to Italy that really climbs over the Alps rather than burrowing through the mountains in a tunnel. So you are in for a real treat on the journey over the Bernina Pass to Tirano, as the trains tackles formidable gradients and skirts snowfields before dropping down steeply into Italy.

The journey can be done with just one change of train at Chur – but with only one or two direct trains per day (depending on season) between Chur and Tirano you may want to consider changing trains a second time in St Moritz. This has the advantage of upping the frequency of train services and comes at no extra cost nor extra time. Trains run over the entire route, and you can hop on and off the train at will (without any need for seat reservations). We describe the one-change option via Chur below. But the details are much the same if you take the two-change option via St Moritz.

Zurich HB to Chur

Trains normally run every 30 minutes from Zurich to Chur (Coire in French), taking about between 75 and 95 minutes for the 116 kilometre journey. The route is served in the main by Swiss Intercity or InterRegio trains, although from late 2015 an occasional German ICE also plies the route. These services all leave from Zurich Hauptbahnhof (shown as Zurich HB in the Loco2 booking system). It is a pleasant journey through broad valleys with excellent views of the Alps. You'll pass the shores of the Zürichsee and later the Wallensee to reach Chur in the Rhine Valley. At Chur, there are onward Rhaetian Railway (RhB) narrow-gauge trains giving connections to Arosa, St Moritz, Davos and other destinations across Graubünden. The bus station (on the upper level of the station complex at Chur) has regular departures to buses across the region.

Chur to Tirano

Occasional trains run directly from Chur to Tirano and are branded as Bernina Express. Apart from these direct trains, there are hourly connections via St Moritz that follow the same route but on trains that are often quieter than the Bernina Express services. Whether you take the Bernina Express or the regular service, you’ll have a rail experience of a lifetime as the train follows the Bernina rail route over the Alps to Italy. In 2008, this route was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In Tirano there are good onward connections to Milan. The journey from Chur to Tirano takes just over four hours.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.