Switzerland has the most dense transportation network in the world. In Graubünden, the Rhaetian Railway and the PostBus make even the most remote valleys and locations accessible. However, if a village has less than 100 inhabitants, even the PostBus no longer runs. Here in some regions, the alpine bus takes over and enables comfortable trips up to the Alp Flix, the Albula Pass, the Greina Plateau or into the Beverin Nature Park.
Walser people once cleared the forest on the Alp Flix near Bivio. This has created a valuable habitat for rare species of animals and plants and an idyllic place for those seeking tranquillity. During the summer and the autumn months, the alpine bus runs five times a day from Savognin, Tiefencastel and even Chur to the «treasure island» of the Parc Ela.
Those who travel by train to the Engadin region know the Albula valley, but probably not the Albula Pass. The Rhaetian Railway runs through the tunnel below but the alpine bus travels over the top. Highlight on the Bergün-Albula Pass line: the Palpuogna Lake – «the most beautiful spot in Switzerland» (2007) according to the audience of Swiss radio and television (SRF).
The Beverin Nature Park is home of the «Capricorn» («ibex» in Rhaeto-Romanic). Hundreds of animals graze on the slopes of the regional nature park. It’s no surprise that many guests choose to travel with the alpine bus to see the region’s symbolic animal up close on a guided excursion.
Even the Romans crossed the Greina plateau on the border between Graubünden and Ticino. Today, as in the past, there is still no road or mountain railway across the plain, which bears a resemblance to arctic tundra. This is a delight for hikers who can take the alpine bus up to the perimeter of the plateau.