How to get 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€.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| 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€.
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.
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.
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.
Waiting time is around 20 to 40 minutes.
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.
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.
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).