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.
Swiss International Air Lines will act as Official Carrier for the Annual Meeting. As the Swiss national airline, they offer all participants up to 10% discount on the standard fares.
The reduced conference fares are specially marked with a white triangle and, depending on the chosen fare, allow you to change or cancel your flight with complete ease. All reductions depend on the type of fare, route and availability. They are valid on the entire SWISS route network for flights to Switzerland (flight numbers LX1 – 2999 and LX 7400 - 7465), including flights that are operated by partner airlines under a LX flight number (LX 8000 – 8999). Thanks to the new fare options, you now have more choices on SWISS European flights, and only pay for what you really need. The conference fares can be booked now for the travel period 14 days before to 14 days after the Annual Meeting.
In order to benefit from this offer, book your flight easily and without complications through swiss.com using the following link: www.swiss.com/event. The event code will be distributed to delegates, exhibitors, advertisers and sponsors after registration via e-mail.
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.