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Taking the train from Bern to Zurich

Bern, baby, Bern, this awesome train route is all about the best of Switzerland. Explore all the wonders of this capital city, including the Zytglogge, a beautiful astronomical clock you should definitely try and view on the hour so you can see the ornate bears parade below its face. Once you’re ready to adventure onwards, simply board a train for less than an hour to arrive at the home of Switzerland’s most famous lake.

SBB trains connect the cities, with comfy seats, sleek and modern design and handy ticket options for easy round trips so that you can enjoy stress-free travel. Once you’re in Zurich, you can head to the lakeside to take in your glorious new surroundings, or if you are already missing the cute and cuddly bears, Zurich has a zoo! Meet the bears of Bern - check out our FAQs below!

Bern to Zurich Hb by train

It takes an average of 1h 43m to travel from Bern to Zurich Hb by train, over a distance of around 60 miles (96 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Bern to Zurich Hb and tickets for this journey start from €47.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 56m
PriceFrom €47.60
Distance60 miles (96 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train11:33
Last train13:36
Departure stationBern
Arrival stationZurich Hb
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Bern to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bern to Zurich Hb for Tuesday 3rd August 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:02 12:58 56m, direct
12:04 13:22 1h 18m, 2 changes
12:31 13:28 57m, direct
12:33 13:52 1h 19m, 1 change
12:33 13:54 1h 21m, direct
12:34 21:27 8h 53m, 2 changes
12:36 13:56 1h 20m, 1 change
13:02 13:58 56m, direct
13:04 14:22 1h 18m, 2 changes
13:31 14:28 57m, direct

Cheap train tickets from Bern to Zurich Hb

The price of train tickets from Bern to Zurich Hb starts at €47.60 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Bern to Zurich Hb by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Bern to Zurich Hb? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Bern to Zurich Hb take?

The average journey time by train between Bern and Zurich Hb is 1 hour and 43 minutes, with around 15 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Bern and Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bern to Zurich Hb is 56 minutes.

How much does the train from Bern to Zurich Hb cost?

Train ticket prices from Bern to Zurich Hb can start from as little as €47.60 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Bern to Zurich Hb?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bern to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Bern to Zurich Hb each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Bern to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Bern to Zurich Hb leaves at 11:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bern to Zurich Hb leave?

The last train from Bern to Zurich Hb leaves at 13:36. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Bern and Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Bern to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 60 miles (96 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zurich Hb to Bern. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bern to Zurich Hb.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bern to Zurich Hb for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/03/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 02/10/2020 for travel on 02/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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