I’ve used the train station here a number of times and its central location is terrific for accessing many of the sights and attractions of Fribourg. The train station here in Fribourg is not a large station at all so finding your way around is quite EASY.
You’ll find the usual ticket offices of SBB where in addition to purchasing tickets you can exchange currency and also exchange traveler’s checques.
The signage is good and you can easily make your way withouth difficulty to any of the tracks that your train is departing or arriving on.
You’ll also be able to find a KIOSK store where you can purchase small snack items or drinks or newspapers or cigarettes, that sort of thing. In addition to this confectionary store you’ll find take away shops offering croissant, coffee, and most of the usual snacks.
Just outside of the front doors of the terminal you’ll find an area where local busses will commence and or end they’re runs so the usual good public transit that Switzerland is noted for is certainly present in Fribourg as well. I have to confess I’ve never used the bus system in town as everything that I wanted to see is within walking distances from the train station. Im either being picked up or dropped off by friends here so in fact I don’t have personal experience with public transit here.
IF YOU'RE only making Fribourg a day trip from Bern for example and or you want to maximize your time here OR if the weather might not be the best…the ROUTE NUMBER 4 will take you from the train station right to the heart of the Basse Ville or Old Town if this is MIGHT be on your list of “things to do “while” visiting Fribourg.
If it’s your FIRST time venturing into Fribourg you’ll be happy to know that there is a TOURIST INFORMATION office located very close by, not inside the train station but about 50 meters walk from the main front entrance. As you leave the front doors turn to the right and just across the street you’ll see a large building with a large sign indicating the location of the building. The SIGNAGE is VERY good and you really can’t miss this.
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Over the years I have read bits and pieces here and there about the Funicular that exists here in Fribourg and I discovered during one of my walkabouts exactly where it is located, just off the south side of one of the main roads here, La Routes des Alpes, just a little bit of a walk west of the Place de Hotel de Ville…
The Funicular provides an alternative to walking or driving into or out of the Lower Town. The roadways and walkways are a little on the steep side for accessing the riverside neighborhoods of Neuveville and L’Auge and so I suppose if your mobility isn’t that great than this might be a good way to avoid the hills.
The little system was opened for use in 1899. If you’re interested in riding this little “train” the regular operating hours are from 0930- 1900 Monday to Saturday. Mondays until Saturdays there is a brief access window also available between the hours of 0700-0815 for the morning rush hour. This early service is not available on Sundays and holidays. The cost for a one way transit is only about 2.50 CHF.
I’ve actually never seen one in operation before so I decided to stop and wait for the BIG moment. Because the two car system works on a counterweight system, as one car is coming upwards, the other is moving downwards on the little track system. The little “cabins” are designed with the operator’s location at the front of the thing and the passengers (maximum 20) just to the rear of him or her.
The transit up or down the hill takes only a couple of minutes and it’s a really slow moving mode of transport. Luckily for me I didn’t have to rely on it, my preference is to walk whenever I’m able to.
Check this out of you’re walking near the area because its pretty unique and you might otherwise not have an other opportunity to see one, for sure they’re not at all common here in North America but there is one found in Quebec City. Is it worth the few minutes to wait for an event? I guess it depends on you and how interested you might be in seeing one of these in operation. I seriously wouldn’t go too far out of my way to see it again..
Just beside the Fribourg train station just outside of the TOURIST INFORMATION Center you’ll see quite a few RENTAL BIKES here that you can rent for the day, the week, or even just for a few hours.
Velopass is a service that you’ll find in a number of Swiss cities including Fribourg.
You’ll find that in Fribourg there are a total of THREE stations located around the city and you can rent one from one station and leave it at the end of your usage at another station if it’s more convenient. You don’t have to return it to the same station that you rented it from initially if you are a member and registered in they're system.
To rent one present yourself to the TOURIST INFORMATION office and fill out the paper work, you must leave a piece of identification for deposit if you’re not a “member” but otherwise you can have yourself a bike to get yourself around Fribourg if that’s what you desire…
The costs are variable…the first half hour is FREE…and then after that you start to pay, the cost, essentially about 1 CHF per hour…and there are some conditions of rental.
Attached is a web link for you to follow up on this if you might be interested in renting and using a bicycle to get yourself around while you’re visiting Fribourg. The hours that the operation is open vary depending on the season and the day…you can determine exactly available hours from the web link.
Im a little leery of biking on any roadways that I have to share with motor vehicles so I opted for walking instead of cycling. I have no experience using this service but it’s great to know that this service exists.
There's two main ways to get to Fribourg :
By the road :
By car, on the highway from Lausanne or Bern.
By train :
Fribourg is on the well deserved line Lausanne - Bern :
- a 1:30 minutes train journey
- The cost is ? chf one-way
- a 0:45 minutes train journey
- The cost is ? chf one-way
- a 0:20 minutes train journey
- The cost is ? chf one-way
More info : Swiss Federal Railways
Fribourg has a nice public bus map. You can go everywhere in the city.
The ticket is valid for 60 minutes.
Small Course (1 to 3 stops) = 1.60 chf (adult)
Large Course (more than 4 stops) = 2.20 chf (adult)
Daily Card :
Junior (6-25) 1day = 4.50 chf 3 days = 7 chf
Adult 1 day = 6 chf 3 days = 11 chf
The Societe du Funiculaire Neuveville - Saint-Pierre was established the 1897 April 22nd to link together the two areas of Fribourg: Neuveville and Saint-Pierre.
The opening for the passengers was on 1899 February 4th. The funicular was managed by the Brasserie du Cardinal (brewery) from 1901 until 1965. In 1965, the city of Fribourg became the only shareholder of the company.
In 1970, the city of Fribourg gave up the installations to the public transportation of the city (Transports en commun de Fribourg).
The Transports en commun de Fribourg had the idea to renovate the funicular, to transform it into an electric funicular or an automatic one. Fortunately each time the project was gave up!
Today the Funiculaire Neuveville - Saint-Pierre is exactly in the state as in 1899, same cabins, same kind of energy. Neuveville - Saint-Pierre is the last Swiss funicular with water counterbalanced energy. This kind of energy is now very rare in the funicular world. It is now a very a rare species.
The real particularity of this funecular is the smell! It is using the sewage water of the city!!
If you find the going up and down rough then I would recommend taking the tourist train which takes you to all the historical sights.
This gives you a panoramic view of the city
The best idea is (provided you do not go with your own car) railway. They are rarely late and there are many connections, as Fribourg lies on the main route from Geneva to Bern and so on.
Though there is public transport, I'd suggest a walk if it is not too far and you have some time to spare.