If you want to travel to Switzerland, you might need a visa. Find out where and how to apply for one on the website of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Bern Ticket – Free Public Transport
Hotel guests enjoy free use of Bern’s public transport: if you spend one or more nights at an accommodation in the city of Bern, you will receive a Bern Ticket for the entire duration of your stay. It includes all streetcar and bus rides in zones 100 and 101 of the LIBERO public transport association, the Gurten and Marzili funiculars, the elevator up to the Minster terrace as well as transfer from and to Bern’s main station or BERN Airport.
The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF). The Swiss franc is divided into 100 Rappen (Rp. for short).
Many Bernese shops and restaurants also accept euros, but the exchange rate is usually very bad, which is why it is better to use Swiss francs. You can retrieve them at an ATM or a bank or exchange your currency for Swiss francs at any SBB counter at a Swiss train station.
The voltage in Switzerland is 230V/50 Hz. Switzerland uses type C (Europlug, 2-pin) and type J (3-pin) plugs. Attention: the type F plug (“Schuko plug”), which is widely used in Europe, can not be used without an adapter.
StromsteckerTyp CEurostecker, zweipolig
The following days are considered public holidays in Bern:
1 January, New Year’s Day
2 January, St. Berchtold
Easter including Easter Monday
1 August, national holiday
25 December, Christmas Day
26 December, St. Stephen / Boxing Day
Most shops are closed on public holidays (except for the ones in Bern’s main station).
Shop Opening Hours
For Bernese stores, the following opening hours generally apply:
|Monday–Wednesday||9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.|
If there’s a specific shop you’d like to visit, we recommend checking the opening hours beforehand.
By the way: In Bern’s main station, there are over 80 shops that are open 365 days a year. On weekdays, most of them are open until 9:00 p.m., on weekends and public holidays, until 8:00 p.m.
Did you know that the eco balance of Swiss tap water is far better than that of bottled and imported mineral water?
- Event calendar
SBB: Everything about the Swiss Federal Railroads, including train schedules
Nette Toilette: An overview of all the public toilets in Bern
Which are the most important emergency phone numbers?
|Ambulance / first
|Breakdown service /
call centre for emergency
|+41 900 57 67 47
|City Emergency at
|+41 (0)31 326 20 00|
|Praxiszentrum am Bahnhof
(medical centre at the
|+41 (0)31 335 50 00|
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