Bern railway station

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Bern
Central underground pass-through railway station
Bern bahnhof002.jpg
Major hall on level -1
Other names Hauptbahnhof Bern (not used anymore by SBB/Bernmobil)
Location Bahnhofplatz, CH-3011 Bern, BE
Switzerland
Coordinates 46°56′59″N 07°26′22″E / 46.94972°N 7.43944°E / 46.94972; 7.43944Coordinates: 46°56′59″N 07°26′22″E / 46.94972°N 7.43944°E / 46.94972; 7.43944
Elevation 540 m (1,770 ft)
Owned by SBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways)
Operated by
  • SBB CFF FFS
  • BLS (BLS AG, originally Bern Lötschberg Simplon)
  • RBS (Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn)
Line(s)
Platforms 8 (6 on level 0, and 2 on level -1)
Tracks 17 (German: Gleise: 1–13 on level 0, and 21–24 RBS terminals on level -1)
Connections libero / BERNMOBIL: Bahnhof Bern, Schanzenstrasse, Hirschengraben, PostAuto-Station (level +2)
Train
S-Bahn
Tram
BERNMOBIL tram lines 3, 6, 7, 8 , and 9
Bus
BERNMOBIL trolley bus lines 11, 12, and 20; urban bus lines 10/15, 17, 19, 21, and 30; PostAuto bus lines 100–107, Moonliner (weekend night service) bus lines M1–12, M14–18, M20, M88, M97, and M98
Airport
S-Bahn to/from Belp and BERNMOBIL bus to/from Bern Flughafen in 0:37h, or BERNMOBIL AirportBus no. 334, first service to airport only, on Perron L in 0:28h
Construction
Structure type underground
Depth 0
Platform levels 2 (5 passenger levels)
Parking no drive-by (!), short-term (level +2, max 24h, 32), car park (level +2, 622)
Bicycle facilities covered and secured (Velostation Schanzenbrücke:140, Velostation Schanzenpost:1000, Velostation Milchgässli:418, Velostation Bollwerk:200)
Other information
Fare zone libero: 100
Website Bahnhof Bern
History
Opened 1858–1860 (1858–1860)
Rebuilt 1891 (1891), 1974 (1974), 1999–2003 (1999–2003)
Previous names Hauptbahnhof Bern
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 202,600 per working day
Rank 2 of 1735
Location
Bern is located in Switzerland
Bern
Bern
Location within Switzerland

Bern railway station (German: Bahnhof Bern) serves the municipality of Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. Opened progressively between 1858 and 1860, and rebuilt several times since then, it forms part of the Olten–Lausanne line (known as the Mittellandlinie in German) and is near the end of the Lötschberg line.

The station is owned by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS). Train services to and from the station are operated by the Swiss Federal Railways, the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon railway (BLS) and the metre gauge Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn (RBS). Trains calling at the station include TGVs, ICEs, and international trains to Italy.

Bern is the nearest station to the University of Bern in the Länggasse quarter. There is aa rooftop terrace on top of the station, accessed by lift from the subway by Platforms 12 and 13, with views over the city and to the Bernese Alps. Access to Bern Airport from the station is normally via rail to Belp station and then by connecting bus, but the first and last buses each day run directly between Bern station and the airport. It has an IATA Airport Code (ZDJ), as American Airlines codeshares on the Swiss Federal Railways service from Zurich International Airport in Zürich.

Between 1999 and 2003, the station was renovated and partially redesigned. It now contains Rail City, a shopping center open for longer opening hours than the other shops in town, and also on Sundays and public holidays, when most other shops in the city are closed. This is possible as the shop opening laws of the Canton and the city of Bern do not apply to federally owned real estate.

The station has 12 standard gauge platforms (numbered 1-10 and 12-13) and four meter gauge RBS platforms (numbered 21-24). Curiously, there is no platform 11, but there is a through railway track with no platform face between platforms 10 and 12. The station interchanges with many local bus, tram and trolley bus routes (operated by BERNMOBIL) and regional bus services (operated by PostAuto).

Services[edit]

Long-distance trains[edit]

The main long-distance routes served by trains to or from Bern railway station are as follows:

Bern S-Bahn trains[edit]

As of 2012, the station was also served by the following Bern S-Bahn routes:

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 12
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward Paris-Lyon
TGV

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Boss, Paul (1997). Das war der alte Bahnhof [That was the old Station] (in German). Bern: Benteli Verlag. OCLC 603800392. 
  • Giger, Bernhard; Trachsel, Hansueli (2007). Ankommen in Bern: der Bahnhofplatz - 150 Jahre Geschichte und Geschichten [Arrival in Bern: the Bahnhofplatz - 150 Years of History and Stories] (in German). Bern: Stämpfli Verlag. ISBN 9783727211942. 
  • Huber, Werner (2010). Bahnhof Bern 1860 - 2010: Planungsgeschichte, Architektur, Kontroversen [Bern Railway Station 1860 - 2010: Planning History, Architecture, Controversies] (in German). Zürich: Scheidegger & Spiess. ISBN 9783858813169.