The Swiss Federal Railways (or: Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, SBB) operates one of the best railway networks in the world and Bern’s modern main station is well-connected to both national and international high-speed lines. TGV, ICE, Railjet and EuroCity services provide fast connections between Bern and major cities in France, Germany, Austria and Italy. The airports of Zurich, Geneva and Basel have a direct train and/or bus connection to Bern.
Numerous full-service and low-cost airlines are flying to the intercontinental airports of Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Those airports are within 75 - 120 minutes distance from Bern and are easily reached by frequent train and bus connections.
Several international bus lines are connecting Bern to numerous European cities. The busses stop at Bern-Neufeld; from there a local bus can be taken to the city center.
Bern is connected to the European route E4 as well as the Swiss highway network. Numerous road tunnels provide convenient access to southern Switzerland and Italy. In Switzerland, vehicles and trailers pay to use motorways and dual carriageways by buying a motorway sticker (‘vignette’). The sticker currently costs CHF 40 and is valid for one year (December 1st-January 31st). Stickers for a day, a week or a month do not exist.
However, we strongly advise against coming by car since there are no free parking lots in the city of Bern.