RhB (Switzerland)

These notes refer to RhB's regular train services.
RhB operates multiple types of train on its regular train services, the more modern coaches have larger windows, but on the older trains the windows can be opened - which can help with taking photographs.

On some departures both older and newer coaches are joined together.

These regular trains that travel on The Albula and Bernina Routes have on board maps and commentary that point out the multiple scenic highlights.


Unlike The Bernina Express and Glacier Express (which both travel on RhB's lines) - seats on these regular trains cannot be reserved.

First Class:

A tick in the box for travelling 1st class is that 1st class tends to be much quieter, so you can virtually guarantee having window seats - and you can also dart across the train from one side to the other to take in all the best views.

In contrast 2nd class can be a lot busier, particularly on the routes in both directions between St Moritz and both Chur and Tirano.

Therefore window seats in 2nd class are far from guaranteed, so try to avoid boarding these trains at the last minute.

Hanging back to take the next train can be a better option, you won't have to wait more than an hour.

Observation Cars:

In winter months, observation cars, similar to those used on The Bernina Express, are attached to some departures, for journeys in either direction, between Chur and St Moritz.

A supplement is charged for travelling in these observation cars - rail pass users can opt to pay this supplement.

More information is available on our RhB Railways Guide.

An overview of train travel in Switzerland

Our guide to Swiss mountain railways

How to buy tickets for Swiss train journeys

International train routes to/from Switzerland

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