Basel / Bâle to Bern by train

How to take the rail journey from Basel to Bern

Taking the journey by train between these two cities is very straightforward with up to four departures per hour available.
What makes it unusual is the variety of different trains used on this route.
You could find yourself on German ICE train, on a double-deck Swiss train, or one of the four other types of train used on this route.



From Basel SBB/Bâle CFF to Bern

Travel Information

Final Destination: Interlaken Ost or Brig or Milano

A mix of trains is used for the IC services on this route from Basel to Bern; and the specific type of train you will be travelling by, largely depends on the final destination the train will be heading to.
Double deck trains are used on the departures heading to Brig, most of which will comprise the older style of coaches, but - though the brand new LD/Twindexx trains should be introduced to this route later in 2022..
In certain hours the trains heading to Brig are replaced by EC trains, that will be heading to Milano.

Single deck IC trains are usually used on the services that will be heading to Interlaken, but in certain hours the German ICE trains take the place of the IC trains.

2 x trains per hour


Book early and save: Yes - If you book Supersaver tickets (more info is available on the SBB ticket guide below).

You may need to search through the departures to find them using the ‘earlier’ and ‘later’ button, they can sell out on the most popular trains.

Online bookings open: up to two months ahead of the travel date

Try and be flexible with your departure and arrival times, book as near to 60 days ahead as possible

Seat reservations:

Seat reservations are optional on Swiss IC trains and on the EC/ICE trains on this route, so seats won't be assigned when booking online.

You can book reservations online for journeys by these IC trains, AFTER you have booked a ticket, by using the SBB (Swiss national railways) seat reservation service - OR request a reservation when booking at a station ticket office.

Travelling with a rail pass:

Rail pass users can jump on any train, without having to make reservations.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

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Trainline Guide

Happy rail *

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

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