Practical Information

We’ll show you the most important information about public holidays, electricity and plugs, telephone area codes and how to tip


The following are public holidays throughout Switzerland:

  • Christmas, incl. December 26
  • New Year’s Day
  • Saint Berchtold’s Day (January 2)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter incl. Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday and Monday
  • August 1st, Swiss National Day

Store Opening Times

Stores in Bern usually have the following opening times:

Monday - Wednesday 09:00 - 06:30
Thursday 09:00 - 08:00
Friday 09:00 - 06:30
Saturday 09:00 - 05:00
Sunday closed

Times may vary slightly from store to store. Some stores in the lower Old Town, from the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) upwards, don’t open until 10:00 a.m. If you would like to visit a particular store, we recommend finding out its opening times in advance.

Bern’s main station is home to more than 80 stores that are open 365 days a year, from early till late. The large shopping centers in the city also have longer opening times.

Electricity and plugs

Current throughout Switzerland is supplied at 230 volts. Type C (euro plug, two-pin) plugs and type J (three-pin) plugs are used. The type F (“Schuko”) plugs widely used in Europe cannot be used without an adapter.

Dialing codes

The national dialing code for Switzerland is +41. The following 0 is omitted. Dialing codes from Switzerland are as follows:

Germany: 0049
France: 0033
Italy: 00390
Japan: 0081
Netherlands: 0031
Austria: 0043
USA: 001
UK: 0044


Tips are generally included in the price for all services. However, in restaurants it is usual to round up the bill by a reasonable amount.

  • Tourist Information at the Main Station

    Bahnhofplatz 10a
    3011 Bern

    T +41 31 328 12 12


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