Fastest journey4hr 27m
It is very easy to travel by train from Paris to Berne in Switzerland. Comfortable TGV Lyria trains give a once-daily direct link between the two capitals, with timings which are very much geared to the business market. The journey takes 4 hrs 30 mins.
There are plenty of other options, all normally requiring one change of train along the way – that change can be at Basel, Lausanne or Geneva, and it adds up to an hour to the overall journey time between Paris and Berne.
Whether you take the direct train from Paris to Berne or change along the way, bookings for this route normally open four months prior to travel. That’s the time to book if you are keen to get a bargain fare.
Paris to Berne
Fast direct TGV Lyria trains to Berne leave from Paris Gare de Lyon. In Berne, these trains arrive at the main station, from where it is a short walk east into the Old Town. There is only one direct train each day from Paris to Berne and back. It leaves Paris early evening, returning from Switzerland to Paris the following morning. Additional options, all requiring a change of train, are available via Lausanne.
The direct trains from Paris to Berne make four intermediate stops, two in France at Dijon and Mulhouse, and two in Switzerland at Basel and Olten. The route follows a high-speed line south-east from Paris, cutting through Burgundy to reach the Franche-Comté region, where the train traverses pleasant hill country to reach the Swiss border. From Basel, the pace is slower as the train follows winding valleys south towards Berne.
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