Bern travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bern

With a population of 121,631, Bern is the largest city in Bern, Switzerland by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Bern

Bern in February
Estimated hotel price
$362
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bern in February
Estimated hotel price
$362
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Bern in July, when the average temperature is 17 °C, and the highest can go up to 23 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -4 °C, with an average temperature of -1 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 121 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Bern, with an average rainfall of 58 mm.

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How to Get to Bern

Plane

When flying to Bern, you’ll arrive at Belp (BRN), which is located 6 km from the city centre.

Train

Trenitalia is the most popular train carrier serving Bern, followed by ÖBB. The train journey from Bern to Zurich takes 0h 59m and costs around $104 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Milan, expect to pay about $120 for a 3h 04m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Bern is the busiest station in Bern. Another popular train station is Bern Bümpliz Süd, located 4 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bern is to pick up a car hire from Zurich, which is about 96 km from Bern. You’ll find branches of Alamo and Hertz, among others, in Zurich.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bern, including FlixBus, BlaBlaBus and ALSA. From Lyon, the bus ride to Bern takes 547 km and will cost you around $86. From Luxembourg, the ticket costs about $148 for a journey of 579 km. The most popular bus station is Bern Car-Terminal Neufeld, located 1.8 km from the city centre of Bern. Bern Schützenmatt P+R is also a commonly used station, and is 0.4 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Bern, you’ll arrive at Belp (BRN), which is located 6 km from the city centre.

Train

Trenitalia is the most popular train carrier serving Bern, followed by ÖBB. The train journey from Bern to Zurich takes 0h 59m and costs around $104 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Milan, expect to pay about $120 for a 3h 04m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Bern is the busiest station in Bern. Another popular train station is Bern Bümpliz Süd, located 4 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bern is to pick up a car hire from Zurich, which is about 96 km from Bern. You’ll find branches of Alamo and Hertz, among others, in Zurich.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bern, including FlixBus, BlaBlaBus and ALSA. From Lyon, the bus ride to Bern takes 547 km and will cost you around $86. From Luxembourg, the ticket costs about $148 for a journey of 579 km. The most popular bus station is Bern Car-Terminal Neufeld, located 1.8 km from the city centre of Bern. Bern Schützenmatt P+R is also a commonly used station, and is 0.4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Bern

Airlines serving Bern

Lufthansa
Good (4,385 reviews)
KLM
Good (801 reviews)
SWISS
Good (901 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,139 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,600 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,226 reviews)
Air France
Good (956 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,517 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (470 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,813 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,453 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,079 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (218 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,284 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (797 reviews)
Finnair
Good (902 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,086 reviews)
LOT
Good (672 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (860 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (805 reviews)
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Where to stay in Bern

From 5-star hotels such as the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa to great affordable options like the Ibis Styles Bern City, Bern offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $248 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $661 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Ibis Bern Expo and Hotel National Bern.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bern

Most booked hotels in Bern

Best Western Plus Hotel Bern
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$325+
Swissôtel Kursaal Bern
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$292+
Bern Youth Hostel
2 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$302+
Novotel Bern Expo
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
$271+
Ibis Budget Bern Expo
1 star
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
$200+

Hiring a car in Bern

Expect to pay $3.28 per litre in Bern (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $39.36 and $52.48. Compact (Peugeot 208 or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Bern, while also 32% cheaper than other types, on average.

Expect to pay $3.28 per litre in Bern (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $39.36 and $52.48. Compact (Peugeot 208 or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Bern, while also 32% cheaper than other types, on average.