San Bernardino: toll San Bernardino tunnel and San Bernardino Pass, costs for San Bernardino tunnel tolls in "galleria San Bernardino"

San Bernardino Tunnel

San Bernardino toll
Tunnel from San Bernardino to Hinterrhein -
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The San Bernardino tunnel in the east of Switzerland is together with the Brenner motorway and the Gotthard tunnel one of the most important north-south routes across the Alps to Italy.

The 6.6 km long San Bernardino tunnel "galleria San Bernardino" is ideal for those who wants to go from Munich or Vorarlberg to Italy (Milan, Genoa, ...)

Often the Bernardino tunnel is mixed up with the Great Saint Bernard tunnel, which sounds similar, but it is another tunnel.

The San Bernardino Pass is an alternative to the tunnel if you want to enjoy the panorama.

It is often asked if there is a San Bernardino tunnel toll or any fee for the San Bernardino tunnel - here you will find all information about San Bernardino:

San Bernardino tunnel tolls, San Bernardino costs

While the Brenner motorway is a toll road, for the San Bernardino tunnel (and also Gotthard tunnel) there are NO additional toll costs.

The San Bernardino tunnel "galleria del San Bernardino" and the Bernardino Pass are part of the road network in Switzerland (motorway A13 Bellinzona-Chur) where you will need an annual Swiss vignette.

If you have purchased the Swiss vignette, then you do not have to pay additional costs for the San Bernardino.

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St Bernardino tunnel toll - Fee San Bernardino A13

The San Bernardino toll is already included in the annual vignette.

The San Bernardino tunnel connects the villages Hinterrhein (north) and San Bernardino (south).

At the motorway junction Bellinzona (Swiss canton of Ticino) the drivers coming from the St Bernardino Tunnel will join with those coming from the Gotthard tunnel.

Then all of them will follow the common route via Chiasso to Como in Italy.

Until Chiasso (canton Ticino, on the border with Italy, customs at Chiasso) there will be no additional tolls in Switzerland.

After the Bernardino tunnel you will have to pay a motorway toll in Italy beginning from Como (Swiss border at Como):

Motorway A9 Lainate-Como-Chiasso

Here you can calculate the toll in Italy:
Italy toll calculator

For example:

  • Chiasso (Como) - Florence: about 31 EUR (date of issue 2020)
  • Chiasso (Como) - Pisa: about 30 EUR (date of issue 2020)

ATTENTION: Danger of confusion with the St. Bernard tunnel

Often the Bernardino tunnel is mixed up with the Great Saint Bernard tunnel.

The name sounds similar, but the Saint Bernard tunnel is a completely different tunnel that connects the west-Swiss border to the Italian Aosta.

Attention: The Great Saint Bernard tunnel is a toll road!

For the Saint Bernard Tunnel you have to pay in addition to Swiss vignette a toll fee.

St Bernardino tunnel - galleria San Bernardino

San Bernardino tunnel
San Bernardino tunnel - speed limit

In 1967 the 6.6 km long Bernardino tunnel was opened and since then it was already renovated several times.

The "galleria San Bernardino" is the ideal motorway connection when you are driving from eastern Switzerland, Munich or Vorarlberg to Italy.

In the past the tunnel was part of the National Road N13, today it is part of the A13 motorway.

The St Bernardino tunnel is after the Gotthard tunnel the second most important Alpine crossing for Switzerland.

When the Gotthard tunnel is blocked, then the traffic is often diverted as an alternative route via the San Bernardino.

The tunnel passes through the Vogelberg:

North entrance:

South entrance:
San Bernardino

In the galleria del San Bernardino there is contraflow traffic

The speed limit is 80 km / h

San Bernardino Pass: Passo del San Bernardino

Because of the fact that there is no San Bernardino tunnel toll normally it does not make sense to bypass the tunnel.

But the Passo del San Bernardino offers beautiful panoramic views, if you have a little bit more time.

Alredy the Romans have used the relatively simple pass to cross, since 1770 the Pass is accessible by vehicle.  Today the traffic on the Bernardino Pass still follows this historical course.

The Alpine pass with a crown height of 2,065 m connects the valleys of the Rheinwald in the north and Misox (Val Mesolcina) in the south of the canton of Grisons.

The name of the San Bernardino Pass comes from a chapel which was built in the 15th century in honor of Saint Bernardino of Siena.

San Bernardino tunnel: Webcams, traffic, road blocks, diversions, ...

  • Info if San Bernardino tunnel is open / closed
  • Tunnel traffic reports
  • Tunnel jams
  • Webcam
  • In case of road block: redirection via the Gotthard tunnel
  • Transport, closures, detours, ...

Official website: (German + English)

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