Bern Airport, also known as Bern-Belp Airport, is the airport of the capital of Switzerland. It is located in Belp, approximately 10 kilometers (~6 miles) away from Bern. The airport features flights to some European metropolitan and several leisure destinations and serves as a hub for SkyWork Airlines and Helvetic Airways. In 2016 it handled 183,391 passengers and thanks to its compact size, only a short time is needed for arrivals and departures. There are several options for travelling to and from the airport.
- The Bern-Belp Airport offers a shuttle bus transfer from the airport to Spiez, Interlaken, Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. See timetable
- There is no typical Airport Shuttle bus to the capital because it can be easily reached by the public transport.
Public Transport: Bern has a good connection of public transport when it comes to airport transfer, and it includes buses and trains.
- Bus: Since you can reach the capital by public transport, Airport Bus (number 334) takes passengers to the Belp train station where they can continue by taking an S-Bahn to Bern main station. The journey with a bus takes around 10 minutes and the bus line runs between 5:10 am and 11:10 pm. (Check for the details of bus transport in Bern)
- Train: Take the S-Bahn (S 3) which travels between Belp and Bern every 15 minutes. The journey will take you around 15-20 minutes.
NOTE: While in Bern, you can take a Swiss Travel Pass – a premium rail pass for Switzerland which offers you unlimited travelling throughout the country for trains buses and boats. Check for details
For visitors staying in Bern overnight, the journey by public transport from the airport to the city is included in the Bern Ticket – ticket which lets you travel for free in public transport in zones 100/101. When you arrive, the confirmation of your reservation guarantees you a free public transport transfer from the airport to your accommodation where you will receive your Bern Ticket.
Taxi Service: For those who prefer a more relaxed and comfortable type of transfer, taxi may be a good option. Have in mind that taxi prices are much bigger than the public transport. You can order a taxi at the terminal, the price to the Bern city center is around 40 CHF (~35 €), and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
Transfer: If you don’t like using public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your hotel or wherever you need to go. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child safety seat if you are travelling with a child.
Renting a car at Bern airport: If you prefer to get to the city or explore the Switzerland on your own, you can rent a car in most towns but also at the airport. Compare their prices and save your time by booking your car online.
Renting a bus at Bern airport: For larger groups of passengers, renting a bus is a great option. There are companies at the airport which offer transfers to all major ski resorts. Check the ski resorts in Switzerland. It is recommended to book the bus online so that bus companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other necessary information.
FAQ – bus and transport from Bern-Belp Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: If you are going to Bern city center, the last bus departs at 11:10 pm and buses for Spiez, Interlaken, Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen depart earlier in the day. In the case of a late arrival you can always check for the private transfers or take a taxi.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Yes, there is an Airport Hotel Bern at which you can stay. It includes a restaurant and a range of breakfast options. There are also several hotels in the distance of 2 kilometers such as Sternen Muri and Linde Belp.
Q: I would like to visit Bern in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, the distance between the airport and the Bern city center is only 10 kilometers (~6 miles) which means you can reach it in less than 30 minutes depending whether you take a public or a private transfer.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, that will be no problem since the ATM and bureau de change facilities are available at the terminal.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Bern. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: Airport shuttle offers direct lines to Spiez, Interlaken, Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Other companies also offer transfers to major ski resorts. You can also continue your route from the Bern’s main station. Check the possible routes on GetByBus.