Discover one of the most contrasting trips, from icy glaciers to swaying palms. The scenic journey leads over the Maloja Pass, down through the Val Bregaglia valley to Chiavenna, Italy – and further along the Como and Lugano lakes.
The scenic Palm Express journey starts in St Moritz and takes you on a 4-hour trip from the glaciers of Engadine to the swaying palms of Lugano. And with a view to almost tropical beauty; past the deep blue and dreamlike lakes of the Upper Engadine and to Lombardy in northern Italy (at the border you require either an identity card or passport).
Enjoy a stop at the world-famous and cosmopolitan resort St Moritz – where you meet with first-class hotels, exclusive shopping possibilities and a rich assortment of sport and leisure offers – after which, you traverse the Engadine and view its typical Silvaplana and Sils villages on the way to Maloja.
Entering Val Bregaglia you can’t help but notice the Mediterranean influence – and the valley was home to the famous Giacometti artist family, as well as the Italian artist, Giovanni Segantini, who found great inspiration in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Crossing the Castasegna municipality border, you then find yourself in Italy and have time to stroll through the Chiavenna market stands and enjoy refreshments under the first heart-warming palm trees (PostBus stop Chiavenna, Stazione).
The Palm Express now carries you past the deep blue waters of the Mezzola and Como lakes on to the quaint Sorico, Gera Lario, Domaso, Gravedona, Dongo and Menaggio holiday villages. In addition, you enjoy views of the beautiful Lago Lugano, before you cross the border back into Switzerland at Gandria. This picturesque Mediterranean-like little village on the Monte Brè is practically only a stone‘s throw from Lugano, the metropolis of canton Ticino.
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Timetable 90.631 St. Moritz–Menaggio–Lugano (Palm-Express)
Seat reservations obligatory by latest 8.30 on the intended day of departure.Reserve online
For groups of 10 and more, reservations are a must! Tel. +41 58 341 34 92 during office hours. Limited number of seats. No additional journey made.
Route not open all year
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PostBus Switzerland Ltd
St. Moritz Office
Via Sent 3
7500 St. Moritz
No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle
No guarantee of wheelchair access to the postbus
Information available through Tel. +41 58 341 34 92
A nostalgic cable-car ride carries you to Monte Brè and bird’s eye view of the Lugano lake. Sportive guests are naturally free to walk the distance, or cycle it with a rentable mountain bike. And once at the top you have a superb view over Lugano and the surrounding mountains.
SOCIETA FUNICOLARE MONTE BRE
Via Ceresio 36
Telephone+41 91 971 31 71
Fax+41 91 972 37 48
The grand Italian painter, Giovanni Segantini, spent the last years of his life in Engadine. And the Alps were constantly a popular theme in his works; for which he was honoured, in 1908, with the founding of the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz. Here, many of his works can be admired.
Via Somplatz 30
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Telephone+41 81 833 44 54