Getting Around, Berne Travel, Transport and Car Rental
Travelling around central Berne is easy and best done on foot, particularly if you are staying close by. Tickets for both bus and tram transport are available from automated dispensers at the various stops around Berne, offering an extremely affordable way to travel and reach your chosen destination.
Those wishing to travel to outlying areas such as the Guisanplatz will generally find that trams are the best mode of transport, with day passes for both the city and the regional network providing good value. Passes for 24, 48 and 72 hours can be purchased at the Berne Mobil Public Transport Office, which is located on the Bubenbergplatz. It is even possible to freely obtain city bikes for just a small, refundable deposit, and these are available from 'Bern Rollt' kiosks at the Bahnhofplatz and the Casinoplatz.
Berne-Belp Airport (BRN) / Arriving by Air
Address: Flugplatzstrasse, Alpar AG, Belp, CH-3123, Switzerland, CH
Tel: +41 031 960 2111
The small Berne-Belp Airport
lies around 9 km / 6 miles to the south-east of the city centre and next to the village of Belp. A white shuttle bus travels to Berne's train station on an hourly basis, while apart from car rental, the only other group transport option is taxis. However, taxis can sometimes be in short supply, so if you are intending to use a taxi to travel into the city, don't hang around. Airlines include British Airways, Darwin and Lufthansa, with flights connecting cities such as Amsterdam
Easily reached by the Swiss motorway network, which includes major motorways such as the A1, the A6 and the A12, many people choose to rent a car at nearby Berne Airport and drive the short distance to their accommodation. On the northern side of Berne, the N1 (E25) motorway provides the main way to travel to and from Neuchâtel to the west, and also both Basel
to the north-east Heading to the south-west, the N12 (E27) motorway links Berne with cities such as Lausanne
. A number of well-placed underground parking garages are to be found within the city centre, including a popular lot next to the railway station. A park and ride service also operates from the suburbs of Bümpliz, Gangloff, Guisanplatz and Neufeld.
Buses, Trolleybuses and Trams
The public transport network in Berne comprises of buses, trams and trolleybuses, all of which are extremely cheap and cover the entire city. Those wishing to travel after hours will be pleased to find reliable 'Moonliner' night buses, which operate on both Friday and Saturday nights from the Bahnhofplatz, running between midnight until just after 15:00.
As the Swiss capital, Berne is connected to the majority of Switzerland's main cities and towns by the Swiss Federal Railway, with speedy Inter-City trains travelling between destinations such as Geneva and Zurich. Express trains are also on hand and travel to Basel, Interlaken and Lucerne
, amongst other locations. The train station provides useful travel planners to assist you, featuring not only train times, but information about local bus and tram transport, including all routes.