Traveling to Bern
Bern has a small airport outside the city, called "Bern-Belp", but there are only a few flights each day to selected destinations. If you fly into Bern-Belp you can travel to the city by taxi (20 min, approx. CHF 50), by shuttle-bus (20 min, approx. CHF 38) or by a combined bus and train connection which runs hourly (40 min duration, approx. CHF 14).
Most international flights fly to Zürich, Geneva or Basel airports. From Zürich and Geneva there are trains leaving every half-hour directly from the airport to the main railway station at Bern. At both Zürich and Geneva airports, the train station is located directly inside the airport. In Basel airport a shuttle bus goes between the airport and Basel train station. From Basel train station continue your journey to Bern train station.
Travel times for direct connections and one way ticket prices to Bern are:
- from Zürich airport 1:15 hr - 56 CHF
- from Geneva airport 2:00 hr - 56 CHF
- from Basel train station 1:00 hr - 41 CHF
Train schedules can be found at: www.sbb.ch
Note: Trains within Switzerland are expensive. If you plan to make more than one return trip to Bern, you may consider buying a tourist travelpass.
Finding the PAGES International Project Office (IPO) when arriving by train
After leaving the platform you will either arrive at Schanzenstrasse or find yourself in the underground passage of the main station.
Schanzenstrasse: Walk up Schanzenstrasse. The large building on the righthand side of the road is Hochschulstrasse 6. The building next to it, further to the right, is Hochschulstrasse 4. Enter via the West Entrance (left side of building when looking at it from the front).
Underground passage: Walk in the direction of the higher platform numbers (N). At the end of the passage there are glass lifts. Take the lift to the 4th floor (Grosse Schanze). Of the two large buildings, the one on the right is Hochschulstrasse 4. Enter via the West Entrance (left side of building when looking at it from the front).
A good hotel near the PAGES IPO is the Hotel Arabella in Mittelstrasse.
Switzerland operates on 220-240 volts with round-prong European-style plugs; however, Switzerland has its own sockets/plugs. View an image here.
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