Prefer not to spend too much of your holiday pedalling uphill? Make use of the many bike transport options in the Engadin. Cableways, funiculars, the Rhaetian Railway and local buses allow an endless variety of adventures.
The cable cars, funiculars and gondolas on Corviglia carry you straight up to flow trail heaven. Cableways and funiculars from Celerina, St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad offer bike transport options all the way up to the Piz Nair – at an unbeatable 3,057 metres above sea level.
Enduro enthusiasts can take their bikes in the cable car from Silvaplana/Surlej up to the Corvatsch middle station and test their skills on the technically demanding “Hahnensee” and “Val Roseg” hiking trails. Early birds take the first ride up, late risers opt for one of the last two; bike transport is not permitted on all other services, as at these times the trails are intended primarily for hikers.
Rhaetian Railway (RhB)
The bike trails around the Bernina Pass are popular not only because of the spectacular landscape and the flowing single-track trails, but also thanks to the Rhaetian Railway. The line runs over the pass and allows bikers to take their bikes on trains all the way up to the hospice at the summit and then ride their bikes down to Pontresina or Poschiavo. Always check the timetable for services with bike transport. Incidentally, trains run along the “RhB UNESCO World Heritage” route – a thrill for railway enthusiasts!
If you do not have enough breath left for the ride home, the Engadin Bus will take you the last few kilometres. The local bus company will transport mountain bikes within the vehicle, provided there is sufficient space. The bike must be accompanied by its rider, who must carry a valid ticket for it. The one-day bike passes from the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) are valid on the whole Engadin Bus network. Buses operate between Maloja and Zernez.
During the summer season, PostBuses (excluding minibuses) carry bike racks on the rear, which can accommodate up to five mountain bikes. Riders must travel with their bikes, load them themselves and have a valid ticket for them. There is no guarantee that riders will be able to take their bikes on a particular service. If the bus does not have enough room for the bike, it will be transported on the next service.
Tip: Take the PostBus over the Julier Pass to Bivio, ride your bike over the Septimer Pass to Casaccia in the Val Bregaglia, and then take the PostBus back to the Engadin again. Reservations recommended.
Life is complicated enough: Happily, when it comes to bike transport, there is a simple solution. The graubündenPASS Bike offers you and your bike unlimited travel for a day within a choice of zones. The ticket is valid on the Rhaetian Railway, PostBus and Engadin Bus networks; you must load the bike onto the train or bus yourself.