Bern railway station
|Location||Bahnhofplatz, 3011 Bern, Bern
|Owned by||Swiss Federal Railways|
|Platforms||16 (1–10, 12, 13 and 21–24)|
|Rebuilt||1891, 1974 , 1999–2003|
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).
The main long-distance routes served by trains to or from Bern railway station are as follows:
- Basel – Olten – Bern – Visp – Brig – Domodossola – Milano
- Interlaken Ost – Bern – Olten – Basel – Frankfurt am Main – Berlin
- Mulhouse – Dijon – Paris Interlaken Ost - Bern – Olten - Basel -
- Genève Aéroport – Lausanne – Bern – Zürich – St. Gallen
- Brig – Visp – / Interlaken Ost – Bern – Olten – Basel
- Brig – Visp – Bern – Zürich – Romanshorn
- Sursee – Luzern Genève Aéroport – Lausanne – Bern –
- Langenthal – Olten – Zürich – Schaffhausen Bern –
- Aarau – Brugg – Baden – Zürich Bern – Olten –
- Langenthal – Olten Bern –
- Lyss – Biel/Bienne Bern –
- Münsingen – Spiez – Zweisimmen / – Kandersteg – Brig Bern –
- Konolfingen – Wolhusen – Luzern Bern –
- Kerzers – Neuchâtel Bern –
- Jegenstorf – Solothurn (narrow gauge) Bern –
Bern S-Bahn trains
- Biel/Bienne–Bern–Belp (from 21:00, replaces the S4/S44 as far as Thun)
- Supplements the S3 on Mondays to Fridays in the Biel/Bienne-Münchenbuchsee–Belp section (since 11 December 2011)
- Sumiswald-Grünen–Ramsei–/(Solothurn–) Wiler–* Burgdorf–Bern Wankdorf–Bern–Belp–Thun
- Bern–Kerzers–Neuchâtel/Murten (–Avenches–Payerne)
- Bern–Bümpliz Nord–Brünnen
- Bern–Rosshäussern–Kerzers (–Ins–Neuchâtel)
- Bern–Worblaufen–Bolligen–Worb Dorf
- Bern–Zollikofen–Jegenstorf (from 21:30, replaces the RE as far as Solothurn)
|Preceding station||Deutsche Bahn||Following station|
towards Berlin Ost
towards Interlaken Ost
|Preceding station||SNCF||Following station|
toward Interlaken Ost
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- 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.