Information & Facts
Short and long term parking options are available.
Car rental companies include Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz.
Trains travel regularly between the city and the airport. The
white airport buses stop outside the terminal, a single ticket is
Sfr15 and the journey to Bern's central train station is 20
minutes. Taxis are also available.
Facilities include banks, bureaux de change, bars and
restaurants, tourist information and hotel reservations, duty-free
shopping and business facilities. Facilities for disabled
passengers are excellent; those with special needs should contact
their airline in advance.
The three official languages are Swiss German, French and
Italian. A few people speak Romansch, but this is confined to the
southeastern corner of the country. Most people know at least three
languages, including English.
The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100
rappen (German) or centimes (French). Although not part of the EU
many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros and some merchants
may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely
accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus
or Maestro system. Banks offer the best exchange rates for
travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also possible to
exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and airports.
Banks are open Monday to Friday.
Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and