Practical Guide

All about Bern

«The most beautiful we have ever seen,» wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a letter to his friend Charlotte von Stein during his stay in Bern in 1779. Today the Swiss capital still enchants its visitors with its charm and diverse attractions and events.

No other city in Switzerland offers such a wonderful wealth of culture, leisure and entertainment like Bern. Hurry and hectic are foreign words to the Bernese. In their city, people enjoy life and take time for what is really important. It's entirely easy to relax and enjoy oneself in the unique Old Town atmosphere. 


Traveling by Plane via Bern Airport

Bern Airport

The international Bern Airport lies just outside the capital city and offers daily connections to various European cities.

Just 20 minutes (10 km) from the city center, the airport has a reasonable size that facilitates the speedy processing of departures and arrivals. 

Airport Bus

The city center can be reached easily and inexpensively within 20 minutes by public transportation. The AirportBus 334 runs half-hourly between the airport and the S-Bahn station Belp with direct S-Bahn connection to the main railway station in Bern.

For the first flight in the morning at 06:00h there is a direct bus connection from Bern main railway station (05:10h Bernmobil platform L, station square) to Bern Airport.

Single ticket: CHF 7.-
Discount rate*: CHF 3.70 (*Price for holders of the half-fare card, for children age 16 and under, and for dogs).

Traveling by Plane via Zurich Airport

With around 350 rail connections and over 700 bus and 400 streetcar departures a day, you can get from Zurich Airport to all the major cities and tourist regions in no time.

As Zurich Airport has its own train station, you can transfer directly from the plane onto a train. The trip into the city center takes just 10 minutes. In addition, there are convenient direct connections to other Swiss cities such as Basel, Bern or Geneva. You can find out the best way to reach your travel destination on arrival at Zurich Airport.

Traveling by Train

Bern is an important transportation hub within Switzerland. Regular direct connections by train to all major cities in Switzerland and to Europe's most significant megacities ensure a comfortable trip.

The Swiss Travel System brings together all of Switzerland's public transportation options in the Swiss Pass and Swiss Flexi Pass – reasonably priced tickets for trips within Switzerland combining travel by train, bus and boat. 

Further information and travel schedules available at:

Traveling by Car

Bern is connected to the European route 4 (E4) and the national autobahn network. The city is also connected to southern Switzerland and Italy via the Lötschberg Tunnel / Simplon Tunnel and the Great St. Bernhard Tunnel.

Find the quickest route to Bern: Route Planner 

Lights on. Now also in the daytime.In Switzerland, it is a legal requirement that all motorised vehicle users have their lights switched on during the daytime.

This parking guidance system makes it easier for you to find a free parking space. It guides you from any autobahn exit quickly and easily to one of the downtown parking areas.

Traveling in Bern

Bern Ticket inclusive for overnight visitors: From your first overnight stay in tourist accommodation in the city, you will receive a Bern Ticket for your whole stay. This lets you travel for free in zones 100/101 operated by LIBERO. The Bern Ticket also includes the Gurten funicular, the Marzilibahn funicular and the lift to Bern’s cathedral platform, as well as your journey to and from Bern Airport. On the day you arrive in Bern, your reservation confirmation counts as a transfer ticket from the train station or Bern Airport to where you are staying. You will be given your Bern Ticket when you check in. It is only valid if fully filled in.