Where to spend the night before Bernina Express?

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JDub
JDub
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Jun 12, 2019 - 4:03 PM

We are spending a week in Bologna and then leaving there to take the Bernina Express. We actually have reservations to stay in Bologna but decided it would be impossible to leave from there to get to Tirano and then take the Bernina and arrive in Lucerne all in one day. So our new plan is to find somewhere else (even though we will lose the cost of our hotel in Bologna) closer to the start of that route to spend the night. Where should we stay the night before getting on the Bernina Express? I understand the route starts at Tirano but I didn't know if there might be a more charming town to stay in the night prior to departure or if we should stay in Lugano and take the bus portion of the trip to Tirano. Please help. We leave next Wednesday. (I hope this makes sense.)

Arno
Arno
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Jun 12, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Hi Jdub,

Lugano is a very nice town and area to stay for a night (or more): www.myswissalps.com/lu gano (hotel suggestions on this page too).

1960man
1960man
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Jun 12, 2019 - 11:52 PM in reply to JDub

Tirano is a very historic town so counts as 'charming'. Hotels much cheaper than Lugano too!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jun 13, 2019 - 2:53 AM in reply to JDub

Lugano is great but you will need reservations on the bus (which doesn't appeal to some people).

Varenna on eastern shores of Lake Como is an option.

JDub
JDub
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Jun 13, 2019 - 5:58 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you for your replies. Can I get on the train at Varenna to Tirano?

Arno
Arno
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Jun 13, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Sure, no problem. Please see the timetable: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

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