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Zurich to Bern by train

The journey from Zurich to Bern by train is 59.39 mi and takes 1 hr 14 min. There are 107 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:02 AM and the last at 11:45 PM. It is possible to travel from Zurich to Bern by train for as little as $28.64 or as much as $80.91. The best price for this journey is $28.64.

Lowest Price$28.64
Journey Duration1 hr 14 min
Connection per Day107
Lowest Price$28.64
Highest Price$80.91
First Departure12:02 AM
Last Departure11:45 PM
Distance59.39 mi
CarriersSchweizerische Bundesbahnen

Zurich to Bern Train Times

Departure date
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024

Traveling from Zurich to Bern by Train

Embarking on a train journey from Zurich, Switzerland's largest city known for its global finance and vibrant culture, to Bern, the charming capital with its medieval cityscape and relaxed pace, offers a delightful experience. This route, covering a relatively short distance, typically takes around 1 hr 14 min. Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) provides frequent and efficient services on this route, ensuring a comfortable and scenic journey. With multiple 107 departures daily, travelers can choose a schedule that best suits their plans. To secure the most economical fares, often as low as $28.64, booking in advance is recommended. Passengers are advised to arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before departure for a smooth boarding process.

SBB's trains offer a range of classes and amenities to cater to different preferences and budgets. The standard class features comfortable seating, ample legroom, and power outlets for leisure and business travelers. First-class compartments provide additional comforts such as more spacious seating, quieter environments, and often complimentary refreshments. Many trains are equipped with free Wi-Fi, allowing passengers to stay connected throughout their journey. The large windows in the carriages allow passengers to enjoy the stunning Swiss landscapes, including serene lakes, rolling hills, and picturesque villages.

The journey starts at Zurich Hauptbahnhof (Zurich HB), one of Europe's major railway stations, conveniently situated for exploring Zurich's renowned sites, such as the Bahnhofstrasse, the Old Town, and Lake Zurich. Upon arrival in Bern, passengers disembark at Bern Railway Station, centrally located and convenient for exploring the city's attractions, such as the Zytglogge clock tower, the Federal Palace, and Bear Park.

Things to Do in Bern:

  1. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, with its historic buildings and charming streets.
  2. Visit the Zytglogge, an iconic medieval clock tower with an astronomical clock.
  3. Stroll through the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city and the Bernese Alps.
  4. Discover the Bern Bear Park, home to a family of bears, a city symbol.
  5. Admire the Federal Palace (Bundeshaus), the seat of Switzerland's government.
  6. Enjoy the art collections at the Bern Museum of Art (Kunstmuseum Bern).
  7. Walk along the Aare River and enjoy the beautiful riverside scenery.
  8. Visit the Einstein House, where Albert Einstein lived while working at the patent office.
  9. Explore the Bern Historical Museum, the second-largest historical museum in Switzerland.
  10. Attend a performance at the Bern Theatre or explore the city's vibrant cultural scene.

What to Eat in Bern:

  1. Rösti: A Swiss potato dish, often served as a side or with toppings like cheese or eggs.
  2. Fondue: A classic Swiss dish of melted cheese served with bread for dipping.
  3. Swiss Chocolate: Bern offers a variety of artisanal chocolate shops and tours.
  4. Lebkuchen: A traditional Swiss gingerbread often found in local bakeries.
  5. Bernese Platter: A hearty dish featuring various meats, sausages, and sauerkraut.
  6. Meringue with Double Cream: A sweet treat from the nearby Gruyère region.
  7. Älplermagronen: A Swiss version of macaroni and cheese with potatoes and onions.
  8. Zürcher Geschnetzeltes: Thinly sliced veal in a creamy mushroom sauce, a Swiss favorite.
  9. Swiss Wines: Bern is close to several wine regions, offering a chance to taste local varieties.
  10. Birchermüesli: A healthy Swiss breakfast dish made with oats, fruits, and yogurt.

Day Trips from Bern:

Bern's central location in Switzerland makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby attractions:

  1. Thun: A picturesque town with a historic castle and beautiful lake views.
  2. Gruyères: Famous for its cheese, medieval village, and the HR Giger Museum.
  3. Interlaken: A gateway to the Jungfrau region, offering outdoor activities and stunning alpine scenery.
  4. Lake Geneva: Explore the cities and towns along this picturesque lake, including Lausanne and Montreux.
  5. Lucerne: Known for its preserved medieval architecture and the nearby Mount Pilatus.
  6. Neuchâtel is a lakeside town with a charming old town and castle.
  7. Jungfraujoch: The "Top of Europe," accessible by a scenic train journey.
  8. Lauterbrunnen Valley: Known for its waterfalls and as a base for exploring the Bernese Oberland.
  9. Emmental: The region where the famous Emmental cheese is produced, with rolling hills and traditional farms.
  10. Zermatt: Home to the Matterhorn and a popular destination for skiing and hiking.

Travel Tips for Bern:

When visiting Bern, exploring the city's compact center on foot or by bicycle is advisable, as it offers a more intimate experience of the historic streets and landmarks. The city's public transportation system, including trams and buses, is also efficient for longer distances. Bern experiences a temperate climate, with warm summers and cold winters, so dressing in layers is recommended. The city's culinary scene offers a delightful mix of traditional Swiss cuisine and international flavors. Bern is also known for its cultural offerings, including museums, galleries, and theaters. For a unique view of the city, consider visiting the Gurten, a hill offering panoramic views of Bern and the surrounding Alps. Lastly, while Bern is a multilingual city, knowing a few basic phrases in German can enhance your interactions with locals and enrich your travel experience.

For those eager to explore Switzerland's rich history and picturesque landscapes, a train journey from Zurich to Bern is an excellent choice. With its comfortable amenities, scenic views, and convenient services, it's an ideal way to experience the unique character of these two Swiss cities. Virail can assist in finding the best travel deals for your journey.

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Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Zurich to Bern.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $16.71 to $32.26 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 48% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Zurich to Bern

The cheapest Zurich - Bern train tickets can be found for as low as $21.28 if you’re lucky, or $25.71 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $29.43.

Find the best day to travel to Bern by train

When travelling to Bern by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Zurich to Bern CO2 Emissions by Train

What are the CO2 emissions from Zurich to Bern by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Zurich and Bern are 6.69kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Zurich and Bern? By taking the train between Zurich and Bern you will save 12.43kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.48kg compared to a bus and 8.6kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Zurich to Bern?
A train ticket from Zurich to Bern is $41.33. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $28.64.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Zurich to Bern?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Zurich to Bern is $28.64. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Zurich and Bern by train?
Zurich to Bern is 59.39 mi.
How long does the train between Zurich and Bern take?
Zurich to Bern is on average 1 hr 14 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 0 hr 56 min.
How many train connections per day go from Zurich to Bern?
Zurich to Bern has 107 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Zurich to Bern leave?
The earliest train from Zurich to Bern departs at 12:02 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Zurich to Bern depart?
The latest train from Zurich to Bern departs at 11:45 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Zurich to Bern in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $28.64 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Zurich to Bern?
There are on average 72 direct connection(s) from Zurich to go to Bern.
What's the fastest journey time between Zurich to Bern by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Zurich and Bern is 0 hr 56 min.
Is there a direct train from Zurich to Bern?
Yes, there is a direct train between Zurich and Bern.
What are the CO2 emissions for Zurich to Bern by train?
The train journey from Zurich to Bern creates 6.69kg of CO2 emissions.

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