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Transfer Options from Zurich Airport to Bern

There are two main transportation methods from Zurich airport to the city of Bern. The first and most common option is by train, while the least preferred choice is transportation by taxi, mainly due to the excessive cost of the trip. A train from Zurich airport to Bern will take around 1 hour 15 minutes and one way tickets cost 23€. On the other hand, Zurich airport taxis take around 1 hour 30 minutes for the same distance and the overall price will usually sum up to 400€.

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €312 90min 24/7 Book
Taxi €400 90min 24/7
Train €46 75min 05:00–23:45

How to get from Zurich airport to Bern by taxi

Despite the large number of private companies offering taxi services, almost all taxi vehicles available at Zurich airport are either black or white. Moreover, they all carry the classic black and yellow taxi roof sign along with their licence clearly displayed in front of their window. A trip from Zurich airport to Bern usually takes 1 hour and 30 minutes under regular traffic conditions. Prices are usually offered as fixed fares and most companies will charge around 400€ for the trip.

Taxi fare from Zurich airport to Bern

Usually a taxi fare depends on various variables, but for great distances such as Zurich airport to Bern the overall prices come at fixed rate. In such cases prices fluctuate depending on the type and size of vehicle, amount of people as well as the type of deals and perks offered by the taxi company. All in all, the total fare could range from 350€ to 450€.



Trip Duration

90 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at the airport are available 24hrs a day, all year long.

Where do I get it from?

Taxis are usually found at the rank outside the airports arrivals terminal or can be set to pick up customers at predesignated locations when booked online and in advance.


The taxi option from Zurich to Bern has only one advantage over a train transportation and that is the comfort and convenience of private space. What makes the taxi choice very impractical is the huge cost which makes it uneconomical even when the fare is split among a group of four.

Editor’s Note

Taxis are generally not a recommended travel method from Zurich airport to Bern. Nevertheless, the taxi desk inside the airport can help you book the best available option suited for your wallet.

Useful Tips

Avoid getting a taxi to Bern directly from the ranks since some drivers might overcharge you to such destinations.
You can also pre-book an airport taxi by telephone (0848 850 852) in case you don not have internet access.

How to get from Zurich airport to Bern by train

Taking the train to Bern is definitely the most efficient travel choice compared to other transportation options. The are two available trains with direct connections from Zurich airport to Bern: the IC1 and IC8. Both trains travel to Bern in just about 1 hour and 15 minutes, while the price for a regular one way ticket is 23€. The trains are interchangeably available every 20 to 40 minutes.

How much is the train from Zurich airport to city Bern?

A single ticket (2nd class) to Bern costs 23€ for adults and 11.50€ for children (aged 6–16).
A single ticket (1st class) to Bern costs 41€ for adults and 20.50€ for children (aged 6–16).

Tickets for the trains can be purchased at the ticket machines located in Arrival 1 and 2, at the SBB ticket counters, open from 6:15am to 10:30pm, at the Service Center, or even from your smartphone.



Trip Duration

75 Min.

Waiting time is around 20 to 40 minutes.

Value for Money

Both train lines are available from 5:00am until 11:45pm.

Where do I get it from?

The train station is located on the underground level of a separate building in front of the arrivals terminal. Clear signs along with the airport staff can help you find your appropriate train station to Bern.


As the most commonly used transportation method for both short and long distances, the trains from Zurich airport are considered the most efficient and well-priced choice to Bern. In addition, the trains are very well maintained and offer a plethora of amenities.

Editor’s Note

If you are traveling late at night remember that trains to Bern start operating at 5:00 am. In the meantime you can relax in one of the accommodation areas of the airport or explore the shopping centre.

Useful Tips

Reclaiming a lost item after you leave the train will cost 16.50€ and dispatching it to another country or station will cost 41.50€.
There is assistance for disabled people on express trains (staffed trains) and only in support stations; support stations are fitted with a Mobilift (yellow hydraulic lift).

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Zurich. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Zurich airport to Bern?

The average taxi fare from Zurich airport to Bern is 400€. Factors, such as the time of the day and type of vehicle can further affect the taxi fares.

How much is a train ticket from Zurich airport to Bern?

Regular one-way train tickets cost 23€ for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines inside the airport, at the SBB ticket counters, at the Service Center, or online.

How far is it from Zurich airport to Bern?

The total distance from Zurich airport to the Bern is 128 km. The total trip with a car usually takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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