Rhaetian Railway

Rhaetian Railway

Coordinates: 46°24′32″N 10°1′11″E / 46.40889°N 10.01972°E / 46.40889; 10.01972

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes *
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Glacier Express in the Albula Valley.
Country Italy and Switzerland
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 1276
Region ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2008 (32nd Session)
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List
** Region as classified by UNESCO

The Rhaetian Railway (German: Rhätische Bahn, Italian: Ferrovia Retica, Romansh: Viafier Retica, abbreviated RhB) is a Swiss transport company, owning the largest network of all the private railways in Switzerland. The company operates most of the railways in the Swiss canton of Graubünden as the Swiss federal railway company SBB-CFF-FFS extend only a few kilometres over the cantonal border to the capital at Chur. Almost the entire network is in Graubünden, with one station at Tirano in Italy.

The Rhaetian Railway serves a number of major tourist centres, including St Moritz and Davos. One of the lines, the Berninabahn, crosses the Bernina Pass to the Italian border and on to Tirano, Lombardy, where there is a link to the Italian railways.

In 2008 the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes (the part from Thusis to Tirano, including St. Moritz) was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On October 20, 2011 Google announced that the Albula-Bernina line would be the first rail line in the world to be photographed and put on Google Street View. [1]



  • Travellers per year (2008): 10.7 million
  • Revenue (2008): 308,700,000 sFr.
  • Profit (2008): 1,700,000 sFr.
  • Employees (2008): 1,348
  • Total rolling stock (2008): 1,294

Network and services

Rhätische Bahn

System map

RhB train on the Landwasser Viaduct.
Locale Graubünden, Switzerland
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Electrification 11 kV 16⅔ Hz (322 km)
1000 V DC (62 km, Bernina line)
Length 384 km (238.6 mi)
Headquarters Bahnhofstrasse 25, Chur
Rhaetian Railway
Electrification 11 kV 16⅔ Hz (322 km)
1000 V DC (62 km, Bernina line)
Maximum incline Bernina line: 7 %
Rack system None