You can, within reason take whatever you like on board with you as you are limited by how much you can physically carry. You put your bags in the luggage space at either end of the carriage close to the carriage door. There is usually plenty of luggage space in both first and second class carriages.
Food on board the train
There is not a catering car on the Bernina Express although a refreshment trolley does frequently come along the carriages selling items such as tea, coffee, snacks and even souvenirs. Your best option is to bring your own food on board with you.
Do the windows open
The windows on the panoramic trains do not open and many people wanting to take pictures over this route prefer to use the hourly local service. These Allegra electric trains have windows that open. During the summer there are also a few trains over the route that has open-air carriages depending upon the weather. The actual Bernina Express does not use this type of carriage though.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The line that the Bernina Express operates on has been in existence for more than 100 years and in 2008 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
History of the line
The Berninabahn was built from 1906 and 1910 and originally connected St. Moritz with Tirano. It was an independent line until 1943 when it was bought by the Rhaetian Railway. The route is famous for its bridges and spiral tunnels. The spiral tunnels are necessary to gain the required height to cross the mountains. Along the 144km route there are 196 bridges and 55 tunnels. The single track railway climbs to a height of 2253m above sea level at its highest point at Bernina Hospiz. The track then descends into the Poschiavo Valley with gradients of up to 7%. It is the highest adhesion railway in the Alps and one of the world’s steepest.
Bernina Express Brochure
When you get on board the train you will find a brochure at your seat explaining the route. There is also a commentary in several languages to keep you informed along the route.