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Bern, Kanton Bern, Switzerland

How much does it cost to travel to Bern?

You should plan to spend around $254 (Sfr228) per day on your vacation in Bern. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $61 (Sfr55) on meals
  • $34 (Sfr30) on local transportation
  • $329 (Sfr295) on hotels

A one week trip to Bern for two people costs, on average, $3,559 (Sfr3,192). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Bern cost?

A one week trip to Bern usually costs around $1,779 (Sfr1,596) for one person and $3,559 (Sfr3,192) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Bern on average costs around $3,559 (Sfr3,192) for one person and $7,118 (Sfr6,384) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Bern will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Bern on average costs around $7,626 (Sfr6,840) for one person and $15,252 (Sfr13,681) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Bern has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Bern expensive to visit?

Prices in Bern are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Bern is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Grindelwald or Paris.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Bern Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Bern?

The average Bern trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Bern travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) Sfr295 ($329)
Local Transportation 1 Sfr30 ($34)
Food 2 Sfr55 ($61)
Entertainment 1 Sfr31 ($34)
Alcohol 2 Sfr12 - 36 ($14 - 41)
Accommodation Budget in Bern
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Bern is $164 (Sfr147). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Bern is $329 (Sfr295). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Bern

Looking for a hotel in Bern? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Bern based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $150. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Bern
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Bern is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $34 (Sfr30) per person, per day, on local transportation in Bern.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Bern
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Bern can vary, the average cost of food in Bern is $61 (Sfr55) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Bern should cost around $24 (Sfr22) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bern is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Bern
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Bern typically cost an average of $34 (Sfr31) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Bern
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $27 (Sfr24) on alcoholic beverages in Bern per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Bern
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $3.48 (Sfr3.13) on bottled water in Bern per day. The public water in Bern is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Bern on a Budget
Bern Bern, Switzerland
The capital city of Switzerland, Bern, is a surprisingly small city with a population of only about 130,000. It's located on a peninsula that is created by the turns of the River Aare. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has a wonderfully preserved old town area. There are about four miles worth of quaint walkways that are lined with clock towers and fountains.

The city dates back to 1191 when it was founded by Duke Berthold V von Zahringen. It was originally part of the Holy Roman Empire and in 1353 it joined the Swiss confederation. In 1848 it became the Swiss capital.
The most popular sights around the town include the Bundeshaus (the Federal Palace of Switzerland), Einsteinhaus, where Albert Einstein lived with his wife during his time in Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee, and Zytglogge, which is the Clock Tower near the center of the old town that dates back to the 13th century. Bern has a rich history of culture and the arts. This can be seen in the city's many museums and outdoor galleries. Popular museums include the Bern Historical Museum, Kunstmuseum (the Museum of Fine Arts), and the Swiss Alpine Museum.
Bern is divided into six districts and each district is divided into quarters. In district I you'll find Innere Stadt or the Old Town area. This is where you'll likely spend most of your time as a tourist. If you're looking for Bern hotels or hostels in Bern, this is where you should look, as this is the heart of the city.

There are some fun activities in the city that are worth participating in as well. Make sure you allow yourself some time to enjoy a swim in the River Aare if you happen to be in town during the warmer summer months. Also take time to head to Gurten, which is a hill located just outside of town. From there you can enjoy views of the city and visit a park that is popular with locals. Rosengarten is another small park with a great view of the old town. It's located near the bear pits and is a popular place to visit around lunch time. To reach the park just take bus 10 from the railway station toward Ostermundigen Ruti.

Some of the more popular festivals in the area include Gurtenfestival in July, the popular International Jazzfestival Bern, and Buskers Bern, a festival that highlights the city's street musicians.

Although the nightlife in Bern may not compare to Zurich or Paris, you will find a good number of bars where you can grab a drink and enjoy a chat with friends. The options are more relaxed and mellow than in larger cities, but for many travelers this is an enjoyable way to spend the evening.
Food and Dining
Dining in Switzerland can be shockingly expensive. Make sure you allow yourself time to choose a decent affordable restaurant, as this will help you find the best deal. Touristy restaurants, particularly traditionally Swiss restaurants, have incredibly inflated prices. Unfortunately, this means that if you're looking for a more reasonably priced meal you may have to skip the Swiss restaurants and try a different international cuisine such as Asian or Italian. These international options are popular with locals and therefore have more affordable pricing.

You can easily walk around the old town area and city center. There are shopping areas and many restaurants that you can reach on foot, but if you're hoping to venture farther outside of the city center then you'll want to use the city's excellent public transportation system. This system includes trams, trolleybuses and regular buses, as well as a suburban rail system. The service is frequent and travels into the surrounding suburbs. The tram and bus systems are run by Bernmobil. The S-Bahn rail system travels to nearby cities including Biel, Thun, Fribourg or Solothurn.

It is best to avoid driving in Bern. It is hard to find free parking, and paid parking is very expensive. Because the city is so easy to navigate on foot, or with public transit, then bringing a car is more trouble than it's worth. You can park outside of the city center in the "park and ride" area and take public transportation into town.

Biking is another good option. There are free bikes available for four hour periods through "Bern rollt". If you want to pick up a bike, then you can find them at Milchgassli/Hauptbahnhof all year around, and Hirschengraben or Zeughausgasse between the months of May and October.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.