Traveling by car

Bern is connected with all major cities in Switzerland and neighboring countries by a dense network of well-developed highways and main roads.

Bern is easily reached by car. The Swiss capital has motorway links with Geneva, Zurich/Basel and the Bernese Oberland region.

Once you’ve arrived in Bern, Bern Tourism recommends leaving your car in one of the multistory parking garages and exploring the city center on foot. The old town is car-free, except for deliveries.

  • Traffic regulations

    If you are driving to Bern, please note that motorway signs in Switzerland are green. If you are travelling on Swiss motorways, you must have a vignette sticker. You can buy a vignette at post offices, train stations and petrol stations, as well as from automobile clubs. It must be stuck to the inside of your windscreen and be clearly visible. The vignette is valid from 1 December of the previous year to 31 January of the next year.

    It is a requirement to drive with headlights on even during daylight hours on Swiss roads. Unless stated otherwise, the maximum speed limit on Swiss motorways is 120 km/h. The speed limit outside built-up areas is 80 km/h; within built-up areas, it is 50 km/h. In encounter zones the maximum speed of 20 km/h applies.

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