There are very few parking places. Almost everywhere you will have to pay money for leaving the car.
Of course you can find parkhouses in the centre, but it could be better for your nerves if you leave your car at a parking for example if you come on the highway you take the exit 'Neufeld'. From there you will have a bus directly to the station, which is a good starting point for making a sightseeing tour.
Another possibility is to take the exit 'Wankdorf' and put your car to a huge parking there and go to the centre by tram.
The shortest Funicular railway in Europe is in Berne! The Marzilibahn. The bernese call it the "Marzilibähnli".
Its only hundred and something meters long but saves you the steep walk up to the town from the Aare level.
The Marzilibahn is the best way to get down (or more important up from) to the Marzili swiming pool and the Aare
Getting to Berne by train:
Probably the best way to get here!
Trains run every hour or half hour to all major swiss towns and the international airports Zürich and Geneva.
Bern station is located in the town centre, from here you can get everywhere in town by foot or using a Tram or Bus.
Airport: The Airport is called Bern-Belp. Its only a small airport. International Flights go to Vienna, Berlin (Intersky), Paris (Swiss), Munich (Lufthansa) and Rome (Air Alps). Other places can be reached via Basle (Swiss) or Munich (Lufthansa). As the runway is only short, only small planes can land in Bern-Belp.
From the Airport there is a bus to the train station of Belp where you can catch the train to Bern. (Bus runs after most flights, the train every half hour. There is another Bus which brings you directly to town but it is more expensive.
there is Bern Belp Airport.
Domestic flights to Bern, Lugano and Geneva are available. There are also a Train from/to Zurich with Swissair Flight Numbers.
International Flights are available with KLM Alps (former Air Engadina to many destinations as: Amsterdam, Munich, Brussel and others.
Crossair flies also to Paris, London and other destinations as Frankfurt. But to go sure please contact your Travel Agent or go to: www.crossair.ch or www.airengiadina.ch
By air you fly to Zurich and then take the train to Bern. There is a direct train to Bern. 1h 15min. Pretty expenxive but comfortable and fast. The same from Geneva or Basle. Bern is almost in the middle of Switzerland.
In Bern you can take the bus or the street train. Is kina like the cable car in san fran but of course not so beautiful and interesting but the target is the same...
There are also bikes at the train station which can be taken for free. Ask the tourist info.
When you come from further the easiest way to get to Bern is to take the plane to Zurich or Geneve and there you can take the train to Bern. When you come from not so far you can also choose for the train. From Brussels you can take the Thalys to Paris and than in Gare du Nord the TGV to Bern. When you come from Germany you can take the ICE (Intercity express).
Catch the train from either Basel Zurich Geneva or Milan.
Buy a travellers railcard or a one day ticket and use the trains! In the cities use the public transport, buses trains trams and when at a lakeside look out for ferries and ships. Switzerland has the higest concentration of these services in the world!
When you fly to Switzerland you will most likely fly into Zurich. Although it is possible to fly into Geneva, Zurich has the most international flights.
Bern has no metro but it has a good network of trollybusses.Frankly Bern is the kind of town that is best done by foot, inasmuch as 'oldtown' covers a very small area and it has all the sights of interest.
DRIVE FOR FREE!!!
From May to October:
City-bikes, electric-bikes, skateboards, scooters, mini scooters and kickboards are waiting for you at Bahnhofplatz near the station of Berne.
Just leave your I.D. as well as a deposit of 20 Swiss Francs, and off you go.
Lending period 7.30a.m - 9.30 p.m. (bikes have to be returned on the same day)
This link will take you to my tips on getting around in Bern
The train conveniently drops you right off in the old town area of Berne. From there it is very easy to get around by foot. No need to worry about buses or trams.
Traffic is kept out of the Old Town, so the best is to just walk around, wandering the streets and alleys. There are also the trams, which are a great transportation option.
bern is located very central in switzerland, so it is also very good reachable with different transportaion. for the traveller the train willbe the best way to come and go.