Instead of a car, it is quicker and more convenient to travel in Bern and its environs using buses, trams and railways. Make the most of the advantages of public transport instead of being caught in traffic jams or looking for a parking space.
Travelling with the Swiss railways
Half Fare Travelcard and GA Travelcard
If you ask around among your Swiss colleagues, you will realize that most of them benefit either from a half-fare travelcard or a GA travel card for Swiss railways (SBB). A half-fare travel card pays for itself very quickly. Valid for one year, it costs CHF 185 and provides a 50% discount per ticket from the very first train journey. The various travel cards are all included in a "Swiss Pass".
Tip: Anyone arriving at Zurich or Geneva Airport can travel on to Bern directly with the train. Buy the half-fare travel card at the railway counter in the airport and begin by saving on your first journey!
Foto (c) SBB CFF FFS
Travelling to Bern and through the region
The yellow „Postauto“ buses link central Bern with its outer suburbs. The bus terminal is at the central train station (Hauptbahnhof), and within easy reach of the university’s campuses in Länggasse. Postautos are also a popular way of reaching both rural areas and the mountains of canton Bern.
For more information, see the Postauto website.
Foto (c) Postauto Schweiz AG
Travelling within Bern
Between Bern and Solothurn, you are in the "Libero" fare network. The BERNMOBIL municipal public transport authorities are affiliated with the fare network. More detailed information on BernMobil offers, timetables and tickets are available directly on the station square (at the end of the glass canopy).
Buses and trams in the city are punctual, and depending on the time of day are very frequent. As of 2018 annual and monthly Libero-subsciptions will be included in the "Swiss Pass".
Tipp: You can reach many university buildings easily by bus nr. 12 (direction "Länggasse"). Bus nr. 12 will stop at "Universität" (= University), Mittelstrasse, Uni Tobler and Länggasse
Foto (c) Bernmobil
Tips for public transport in the city of Bern
Tickets can be purchased at the counter directly or at the ticket machines at the stops. The Swiss railways half-fare travelcard provides you with discounts on single journeys, although these only represent a few rappen and not 50%.
Tip: Always buy and stamp tickets before your journey begins! You cannot purchase tickets from the driver in trams, suburban railways, buses or trains. (Except in the yellow Swiss Post buses.) There are frequent controls in the buses and trains!
For journeys within the city of Bern, short fare stage tickets and single tickets are common (zone 100/101):
- Short fare stage CHF 2.60 (CHF 2.00 with half-fare); period of validity: 30 minutes (in only direction only!)
- Single ticket in 1-2 zones: CHF 4.60 (CHF 2.80 with half-fare); period of validity: 60 minutes (several journeys possible within the time limit).
Anyone who wants to avoid paying money before every journey should opt for a 1-day travelpass, a multiple-journey travelpass, a weekly travelcard or for longer stays a monthly travelcard or annual travelcard!
Examples of journeys within the city of Bern in zones 1-2 (or 100/101):
- 1-day travelpass: CHF 13.00 (CHF 7.90 with half-fare)
- Multiple-journey travelpass: For 6 journes "short fare": 13.00 CHF (10.00 with half-fare)
- Multiple-journey travelpass: For 6 journeys (regular zone 1-2): CHF 25.00 (CHF 15.20 with half-fare)
- Monthly travelcard: CHF 79.00. (No half-fare reductions!); within the city of Bern, juniors (up to the age of 25) and seniors pay: CHF 60.00
- Annual travelcard: CHF 790.00. (No half-fare reductions!); within the city of Bern, juniors (up to the age of 25) and seniors pay: 600.00CHF
All prices listed here refer to 2nd class tickets. As at: December 2019; annual tariff change in December.
Libero ticketing information for families or persons accompanied by prams, dogs and bicycles
This is a brief overview of these topics. Please see the Libero website for more details and information.
Children and Young Adults
- Children under 6 travel free if accompanied by an adult.
- Children from 6 to 16, as well as younger children unaccompanied by an adult pay the concession price for single tickets, multi-tickets and day tickets.
- Young adults (up to age 25) can save up to 25% by using the Libero-Junior-Abo for second class travel.
- Prams and strollers can be taken on board buses, trains and trams at no extra cost. Many of the public transport vehicles in use on the Libero network are designed for easy access. Look for the pram symbol on the doors.
- Children under the age of 16 can travel free of charge with the Junior Card in the entire Libero area when accompanied by their mother or father.
- Small dogs (shoulder height up to 30cm), cats and similar small pets may be taken on board in appropriate animal baskets as hand luggage. Large dogs, or dogs that cannot be taken in a basket, may travel at the concession price.
- Outside of rush hour, most transport vehicles can accept bicycles on board if there is space available. The bicycle requires a single trip ticket, the cost of which is reduced if the traveller is in possession of a Libero-Abo, a Halbtax card, a GA (yearly ticket) or is between the ages 6 and 16. Families also pay the concession rate for bicycles. Please check for any restrictions applied by individual transport operators.
(This information was translated from the web page of "Libero"; January 2019. Information concerning prices, routes and timetables for transport services are subject to change. Please consult the website www.mylibero.ch for up-to-date information. The International Office accepts no responsibility for the reliability of any third party information provided here.)