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Paris to Bern by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $56.63
  2. 30 day advance $141.23
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 27m
  • Distance
    436 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    4hr 33m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Bern by train

Fast trains from Paris to Bern take around 4 hours and 27 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 436 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Bern.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Bern?

Direct trains from Paris to Bern have been found.

We usually find at least one direct train on the route from Paris to Bern every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 4 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Bern?

The Paris to Bern train travel time is normally about 4 hours and 27 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to Bern train times and schedule?

On weekdays the only direct train to Bern is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 18:15. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 17:47, and the last at 18:23.

What's the Paris to Bern train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Bern are $56.63.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $141 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $131. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Paris to Bern train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 and a half months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Paris to Bern by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and Bern?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Bern, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Lyria
  • TGV

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Bern to Paris by train

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TGV Lyria

It is very easy to travel by train from Paris to Berne in Switzerland. Comfortable TGV Lyria trains give a direct link between the two capitals, with timings which are very much geared to the business market.

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.

Paris to Bern

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. The direct train from Paris to Berne 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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