Bern transportation information. Getting there by train, car, flight.
The Bern-Belp Airport is situated on around 10 kilometers south of the city in the town of Belpmoos. There are international flights from Paris, Nice and London. Transatlantic jets are not able to land on this airport. However, it is a short hop to Bern from the other international airports in Geneva and Zurich, which serve the transatlantic flights.
There is available shuttle bus that running between the airport and the train station(Bahnhof).
Bern has many direct connections to the Europe’s rail network, including Germany, Italy, France, the Benelux countries, as well as Scandinavia and Spain. The TGV high-speed train connects Paris - Bern takes only four and a half hours. Bern is also located on major Swiss rail junction - those connecting Geneva (trip takes 1 1/2 hour) and Zurich (about 80 minutes).
The train station, on Bahnhofplatz is in the center of the city, near most major hotels.
The capital of Switzerland lies at a major expressway junction, with E17 coming in east from Zurich, N2 heading south from Basel, and N12 going north from Lake Geneva.
Bern Tourist Office is situated on Bahnhofplatz.
The best and only practical way of exploring the Old Town (Altstadt) and its numerous attractions is on foot. One can see what there is to see here in about three hours.
Walks in and around the city include 250 kilometers of marked rambling paths. One of the most picturesque goes along the Aare River through the English gardens, the Dählhölzli Zoological Gardens, Elfenau Park, and Bremgarten woods.
Getting around Bern by public transportation system is easy. There is a buses and trams network of around 80 kilometers, but before you board you must purchase a ticket from the automatic machines at each stop, because conductors do not sell. Of course, there are and plenty of taxis around the city. However, exploring Bern by car is not recommended, because of the traffic in Old Town, its one-way streets, and the lack of street parking. If coming to the city by car, it is convenient and practical to park in a public garage and see the city on foot.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!