Traveling by bus is the most relaxing way to absorb all the wonders of nature on the road, and the Palm Express bus covers a route that has a lot to offer between two beautiful countries: Switzerland and Italy. Get ready to travel from the glaciers to the palm trees!
The Swiss Post bus has its origins in stagecoaches when horse-drawn carriages traveled over the same mountain passes. Today it is a smooth ride with air-suspension buses, but still on winding roads and navigating through the mountains. The road gets narrow at times and that's when Switzerland's Palm Express tourist bus blows its traditional post horns.
The four-hour postbus drives through the Maloja pass and along Lake Como and Lake Lugano will reward you with scenery that looks like something out of a magazine. You will travel for about four hours enjoying the vibe of the alpine lakes and mountain passes that these two countries treasure so well.
The Palm-Express bus takes its name from the sunny region in southern Switzerland where the route ends, which is the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. The Mediterranean climate of this region lends itself to different vegetation than the rest of the small Alpine country – and Lugano, where the bus stops, is a charming lakeside city where the Italian culture is skillfully combined with the Swiss way of life, offering an enjoyable visit.
The Palm Express runs daily in both directions during the summer and autumn months from the beginning of June to the end of October, although this may vary depending on weather conditions. Like other scenic trains, a reservation is mandatory for the Palm Express postbus.