The Munt la Schera Tunnel

The Munt La Schera Tunnel connects the Engadin Valley and Lago di Livigno in eastern Switzerland. Originally built to transport materials for nearby dam construction, it now acts as a single-lane, alternating traffic channel under the Alps.

This is one of Switzerland's narrowest tunnels, yet it remains popular thanks to its scenic location and access to northern Italy (Livigno). In this article, we'll share with our readers information about its location, rules for use, and other useful facts.

Gateway to the Engadin: The Strategic Munt la Schera Tunnel

Originally built to transport building materials for the construction of the nearby Punt de Gall Dam, the Munt La Schera Tunnel was re-purposed for public traffic and opened to the public in 1968. It consists of only a single lane, with traffic controlled in either direction by traffic lights. It connects the Engadin Valley with the Lago di Livigno side within Switzerland, via a 3.4 kilometre tube. Owned and operated by Engadiner Kraftwerke AG, there is a toll station where a fee for use is collected. Online ticket sales are also available. Live news about weather and traffic conditions is available online.

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Munt La Schera Tunnel & Related Tolls

"To fully benefit from the Munt La Schera Tunnel, it is necessary to purchase separate vignettes for the tunnel and access to the Swiss national road and motorway network."

On arrival at Tunnel Munt La Schera, there is a toll station where fees for use are collected. This may also be paid in advance via online ticket sales. In addition to this, use of the Swiss national road network obliges motorists to purchase a Swiss vignette. This allows for automated toll collection, greatly improving travel efficiency.

Elevation and Length of the Munt La Schera Tunnel

Here is a table of interesting information and statistics related to the tunnel:

Location Grisons, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°38'6" N to 10°11'55" E
Length 3 394 metres (11,135 ft)
Highest and Lowest Elevation 1 809 metres (5,935 ft) & 1 711 metres (5,614 ft)
Number of Tubes and Lanes Single tube with only one lane
*Typical Travel Time @ 80 km/h 2.5 minutes


*Please note that the travel time may vary depending on the weather and level of traffic congestion. Time indicated does not include waiting times before entering the tunnel. It is always best to check weather and traffic information prior to travel.

Terms of Use & Restrictions

Safety and obedience of the road tunnel regulations are paramount in this narrow single-lane tunne. The following rules and information will help you traverse the Tunnel Munt La Schera safely:

  • Observe the posted speed limit
  • With only one lane in operation, traffic in either directions is regulated by traffic lights.
  • Bicycles may not pass through the tunnel. In summer, a bike shuttle is available.
  • Check the opening times and access to the tunnel and associated alpine passes before travel.
  • Always carry a valid document for expatriation.
  • Vehicles exceeding 3.6 metres (12 ft) in height and 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) in width may not pass through the tunnel.
  • It is not allowed to pass through the tunnel, of vehicles higher than mt.3,60.
  • During the winter season, it is mandatory for all vehicles to USE WINTER TYRES OR CHAINS.


  • Ambulance: 144
  • Police: 117
  • Firefighters: 118
  • Universal European emergency number: 112
  • Swiss traffic information service (TCS) - +41 800 140 140

You can request Roadside Assistance in Switzerland using the following numbers:

  • Emergency Call / Vehicle Breakdown Service: 140
  • TCS Touring Club Switzerland - Toll free number: 0800 808 114
  • TCS Touring Club Switzerland - International number: +41 58 8276316

Munt La Schera Tunnel Current & Live Webcam

The tunnel is open night and day throughout the year. However, on occasion, it may be necessary for the tunnel to be closed temporarily. To improve your chances of a smooth journey, be sure to check Munt La Schera Tunnel weather and traffic congestion on the Munt La Schera Tunnel webcam.

Are there alternative routes to the Munt La Schera Tunnel?

Unfortunately there are no alternative routes that easily substitute the tunnel.

Munt La Schera Tunnel FAQ:


It was opened for private use in 1965. In 1968 it was opened to the public.
To facilitate transit of building materials used in the construction of the Punt de Gall Dam.
One way traffic is controlled by use of traffic lights situated on either end of the tunnel, which alternate every 15 minutes as vehicles drive in either direction.
Yes. Vehicles may not exceed a maximum height of 3.60 metres and 2.55 metres in maximum width. This is limited to the category cars up to 9 seats, motorbikes, and motorhomes. Bicycles may not pass through the tunnel. In the winter season, winter tyres or snow chains must be used.
There is a shuttle service for cyclists at the site, and limited space for cyclists on a bus service along the route. Payment is required.
Toll fees can be paid via online tickets purchased online. These can also be paid at the access point toll stations on arrival. Toll prices are slightly more expensive if travelling at night.
The tunnel is owned, operated and maintained by Engadiner Kraftwerke AG.
  • Length - 3 394 metres (11,135 ft)
  • Highest elevation - 1 809 metres (5,935 ft)
  • Lowest elevation - 1 711 metres (5,614 ft)