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)
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.
If you want to go out of town, it can be helpful to hire a car, but public transport is very well.
There are excellent connections with the train to all the other Swiss cities.
In the city you feel better without car, because there are few possibilities to park the car, and the parkings are expensive.
The easiest way in the town is with buses or tramways.
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 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).
If you are travelling from London it may be worth flying from London city airport as it is closer to central London and the flights are often cheaper than from Heathrow or Gatwick. You can get to London City Airport on the specially designated bus that leaves form Liverpool Street station or Canary Wharf.
The full price return ticket between Bern and Zürich costs 83 CHF. Where as the full price one way ticket is 41.5 CHF. The journey takes about 1 hour 13 mins. There are direct train connections available as well.
A few full price return journey train fares from Bern are following:
1. To Geneva: (2h 06min) 101/- CHF
2. To Schaffhausen: (2h 34min) 116/- CHF
3. To Lugano: (4h 02min) 160/- CHF
4. To Basel: (1h 06min) 67/- CHF
- Budget Travel
The Bern public transport system is very good. From just about everywhere on any bus or tram to just about anywhere on any bus or tram costs CHF 1.70 (EUR 1.20). Buy your ticket before getting on the bus or tram, at the red machines beside the stop. If you are caught without a ticket, you will have to pay an immediate CHF 60 fine! There are bus & tram maps everywhere, and all lines can be boarded near the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station). Each line runs every 6 minutes at peak, every 10, 15 or 20 at other times.
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I went to Bern by train from Luzern. The journey time ranges between just over an hour to around one and a half hour. The railway station in Bern is well located to reach the interesting sites easily on foot.
The standard of the trains in Switzerland is over all very high, not only on the touristy lines. If you plan on travelling a lot by train you ought to consider buying a Swiss Pass which could save quite a lot of money.
I post a link to the railway company's homepage further down.
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The Bernmobil infocenter is the main address for all matters pertaining to public transport in the city and region of Bern. The site is all in German but you can get the most important information anyway. In the light gray field where it says "Fahrplan" you will find a map on the lines network by clicking on "Liniennetz". When clicking on "Alle linien" you can chose the line you want and get a list on all the stops. This page handles the trams and the trolley buses.
There is also a train service called S-Bahn. I post a link to lines network here. The page is all in German.
Bern has a very good service of electric trams, and buses , they run through the main streets quite regular. The little Bern guide book gives tram and bus numbers to the main sites. Most pass the main rail station and go to the suburbs. The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on these., so you can get on and off when you like.
Funicular railway up the Gurten mountain on the outskirts of Bern, this is a fantastic visit and the ride is a good part of the experience.
The day ticket on local transport is valid here, bargain!
Phone: 031 313 56 56
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.
- Family Travel
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.