Bern railway station

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For the station in the German municipality of Berne, see Berne station.
Bern
Bern bahnhof002.jpg
Bern station
Location Bahnhofplatz, 3011 Bern, Bern
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
Owned by Swiss Federal Railways
Operated by
Line(s)
Platforms 16 (1–10, 12, 13 and 21–24)
Connections
Other information
IATA code ZDJ
History
Opened 1858–1860 (1858–1860)
Rebuilt 1891 (1891), 1974 (1974), 1999–2003 (1999–2003)
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. 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 for open 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 city of Bern do not apply on Swiss Federal Railway property.

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
towards Berlin Ost
ICE 12
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward Paris-Lyon
TGV

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.