Bern, (Switzerland)

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About the station

This guide to using the main station in Bern will guide you through what to look out for, when arriving or departing from the city by train - or if you will be changing trains in Bern.

An Introduction to using Bern station:

For first time users Bern train station can be a tad confusing - and that’s partially because the majority of long distance trains to and from Bern, are calling at the station while on route to other destinations.
As a result the trains spend comparatively little time at the gleis (platforms/tracks), so there is a sense of pace around the station.

The regular users of Bern station know where to go and what to do, but don’t be tempted to go with the flow.
Take your time and work out your best option for exiting the station, or making connections between trains.

A feature of Bern station is its long and curved gleis/platforms, which for most of their length are under a concrete roof.
The resulting lack of sight lines across the station can also be disorientating, particularly when two double deck trains are simultaneously occupying both sides of a platform.

Good to Know about Bern Station:

What is particularly unlikely to be obvious, is that the gleis (platforms/tracks) used by the long distance trains (gleis 1 – 13) have TWO sets of entrances and exits.

(1) Towards the middle of the platforms are stairs and fairly long ramps, which lead to/from an underground passage way.
This passage connects the platforms with the main entrance hall – the quickest route from/to the city centre.

(2) Some distance away, at the far (western) ends of the platforms, are escalators and lifts that link the platforms to a secondary exit/entrance above the station on the street Länggassstrasse - that has a taxi rank
Look for the curving roofs that cover this part of the station.

If you have luggage etc and will be changing trains in Bern, the only lifts to/from the gleis (platforms/tracks) are located here.
This Länggassstrasse bridge above the gleis (platforms/tracks) is by the front of trains, which have arrived from Basel, Brig, Luzern, Interlaken and Zurich - and to the rear of trains that arrive in Bern from Geneva and Lausanne.

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