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Car Hire Bern  Helpful Information

Bern Overview

Bern, the capital of Switzerland, offers a harmonious blend of modern life and rich history. Its medieval city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcasing cobbled streets, terracotta roofs, and the meandering River Aare.

Driving in Bern

  1. Traffic and Parking: The historic old town is mostly car-free, so driving in this area can be limited. There are several parking garages around the periphery of the old town where you can leave your car.

  2. Rules: Ensure that you're familiar with local driving regulations. You'll need a motorway vignette (a sticker) to drive on Swiss motorways. They are available at border crossings, post offices, and petrol stations.

  3. Nearest Airport

The nearest major airport is Bern Airport (BRN), located approximately 10km southeast of the city center.

Route from Bern Airport to Bern City Center:

  1. Head northeast on Flugplatzstrasse.
  2. After 1.4km, turn right onto Muristrasse.
  3. After 1.2km, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Zollikofenstrasse.
  4. Continue onto Seftigenstrasse.
  5. Follow the road until you reach Bern's city center.

The journey typically takes around 20-25 minutes, depending on traffic.

Recommended Places to Visit in Bern (By Foot):

  1. Zytglogge (Clock Tower): This iconic tower offers guided tours and provides an understanding of its astronomical clock.

  2. Bear Park: Home to Bern's emblematic animals, it's a lovely place to relax and see the bears.

  3. Federal Palace: The seat of the Swiss Federal Assembly and Federal Council.

  4. Bern Munster: The tallest cathedral in Switzerland, offering panoramic views of the city.

  5. Einstein House: Albert Einstein lived here while working in Bern, and it's now a museum dedicated to his life.

Recommended Places to Visit Near Bern (By Car):

  1. Gurten: Just a few kilometers from the city center, it's a local mountain offering panoramic views of Bern. (Around 5km from city center)

  2. Rosengarten: A rose garden that offers a great viewpoint over the old town. (Approximately 2km from city center)

  3. Emmental: A picturesque region famous for its rolling hills and the eponymous cheese. It's about a 30-minute drive to the heart of the region.

  4. Thun: A charming town located next to Lake Thun, featuring a historic castle and old town. (Around 30km from Bern)

  5. Gruyères: Known for its cheese, the town also has a historic castle and is a delight to explore. (Approximately 90km from Bern)

If you are hiring a car in Switzerland for the first time we recommend reading our Drive Smart Switzerland guide to ensure you know the rules of the road and can drive safely in and around Bern.


Current Rental Rates in Bern

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.40 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 450.81 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.44 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 458.08 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.58 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 487.10 EUR from 11/12/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Useful to know about Bern

  • Einstein came up with his theory of relativity whilst working as a clerk in the city.
  • Bern is the capital of Switzerland and its fourth largest city behind Basel, Geneva and Zurich.
  • The old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
  • The city is famous for its Bear Pit.
  • The people speak a dialect called Bernese German.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Bern

Best car rental companies in Bern

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No.1: EUROPCAR,
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Bern car hire information

  • 9.0/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Europcar Direct
  • € 450.80
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 64.40
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 5
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 3
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Golf
  • 20
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day in Bern

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January€ 70
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April€ 63
May€ 83
June€ 55
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August€ 77
September€ 71
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November€ 68
December€ 80
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January€ 56
February€ 62
March€ 59
April€ 51
May€ 65
June€ 42
July€ 63
August€ 56
September€ 58
October€ 57
November€ 67
December€ 67
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January€ 109
February€ 112
March€ 110
April€ 94
May€ 146
June€ 77
July€ 117
August€ 107
September€ 109
October€ 99
November€ 105
December€ 123
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January€ 81
February€ 88
March€ 84
April€ 71
May€ 103
June€ 62
July€ 108
August€ 88
September€ 81
October€ 80
November€ 83
December€ 95
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January€ 170
February€ 167
March€ 162
April€ 161
May€ 262
June€ 136
July€ 216
August€ 182
September€ 171
October€ 167
November€ 136
December€ 183
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January€ 55
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April€ 50
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June€ 41
July€ 59
August€ 53
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January€ 131
February€ 153
March€ 160
April€ 109
May€ 295
June€ 91
July€ 136
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January€ 84
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March€ 82
April€ 90
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June€ 72
July€ 116
August€ 103
September€ 97
October€ 74
November€ 70
December€ 93

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