By Plane

  • Bern Airport

The small airport connects Bern with European cities such as London, Berlin and Munich. Thanks to its compact size, only a short time is needed for arrivals and departures.

The city can be reached by public transport. The airport bus takes passengers to Bern train station. From there, you can take a metro to Bern main station. For visitors staying in Bern overnight, the journey by public transport from the airport to the city is included in the Bern Ticket.


  • Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest airport. You can reach Bern central station from the airport train station in less than one hour and 15 mins by train. The trains with direct connections from the airport to the capital depart every 30 minutes.


  • EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

EuroAirport is located near the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany and is a popular destination served by EasyJet and other low cost airlines. Bern can be reached via Basel SBB train station in around one hour. Trains from Basel SBB to Bern depart every 30 minutes.


  • Geneva Airport

Geneva Airport, which is a famous EasyJet and Eurowings destination, is also well connected to the Swiss rail network. Geneva Airport train station can be reached directly from the arrivals hall. Direct trains to Bern depart every 30 mins. The journey takes just under two hours.

Distances from the main swiss airports

Basel  100 km
Zurich 120 km
Geneva 160 km
Lugano 240 km

By Train

Bern is an important transportation hub within Switzerland.


  • There are regular, direct train connections to all larger Swiss towns, as well as to Europe’s most important cities. Passengers can reach Zurich, Basel, Interlaken and Lucerne in under an hour with a direct connection.


  • For foreign visitors, who are planning a longer stay in Switzerland and want to discover the country and its sights using public transport, we recommend purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Travel System provides visitors to Switzerland with tickets for the entire Swiss public transport network. It offers affordable all-in-one tickets including the Swiss Pass and Swiss Flexi Pass for combined journeys by train, post bus and boat.

By Car

Bern is easily reached by car.

  • The Swiss capital has motorway links with Geneva, Zurich/Basel and the Bernese Oberland region.
  • Once you’ve arrived in Bern, Bern Tourism recommends leaving your car in one of the multistory parking garages and exploring the city center on foot. The old town is car-free, except for deliveries.


  • There are around 3,500 short-term parking spaces in multistory parking garages in Bern.
  • In addition to the multistory parking garages, there are also signed parking zones in Bern where you are required to display a parking disc. Parking tickets for 4 or 24 hours can be bought at Bernmobil ticket machines, as well as at other locations. The time starts as soon as the ticket is bought. You can buy additional parking tickets, which start from a certain time, from the city police.

Swiss VISA requirements

Every traveler must have a valid passport. Visa are required for a continuous stay of more than three months. If your stay is shorter than three months you only need to bring your valid passport with you. This applies to citizens of the following countries: countries of the American Continent (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

For information on visa, permanent residence as well as on work permits and business matters, please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you or read more: