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Train via Paris  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  3. Take the train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi

€233 - €477

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Bus  •  9h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Bern to Brussels-North train station N506

€30 - €40

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Train  •  8h 28m

  1. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg Ter
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Tgv

€171 - €289

Drive  •  6h 21m

  1. Drive from Bern to Brussels 635.7 km

€65 - €100

Train to Zurich, fly  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Brussels (BRU) ZRH - BRU

€113 - €260

Train to Geneva, fly  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the train from Bern to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Brussels (BRU) GVA - BRU

€90 - €222

Train to Basel, fly  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Brussels (BRU) BSL - BRU

€127 - €338

Train to Milan Malpensa, fly  •  7h 9m

  1. Take the train from Bern to Gallarate
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Brussels (BRU) MXP - BRU

€95 - €268

Bern to Brussels by train

The train journey time between Bern and Brussels is around 6h 13m and covers a distance of around 934 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 13m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Trenitalia Eurocity and others, the Bern to Brussels train service departs from Bern and arrives in Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. Typically only one train runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 13m
Fastest train time:
6h 13m
Train distance:
934 km
Trains per week:
1
Cheapest price:
€240
Carbon emissions:
49 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
13:04
Last train departs at:
13:04

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bern to Brussels train schedules

Switzerland → Belgium
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International entry into Belgium from Switzerland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Belgium, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Belgium from Switzerland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Andorra, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and United States
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Rules to follow in Belgium

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Belgium from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Brussels is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Brussels is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Brussels is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Belgium.

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bern to Brussels is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 9h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Bern to Brussels is to train and fly which costs SFr 140 - SFr 380 and takes 4h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bern and arriving at Brussels-North train station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bern to Brussels. However, there are services departing from Bern and arriving at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi via Basel SBB, Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 4m.

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The distance between Bern and Brussels is 489 km. The road distance is 635.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bern to Brussels without a car is to train via Paris which takes 7h 4m and costs SFr 250 - SFr 550.

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It takes approximately 7h 4m to get from Bern to Brussels, including transfers.

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Bern to Brussels bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bern station.

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Bern to Brussels train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Bern station.

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The best way to get from Bern to Brussels is to train via Paris which takes 7h 4m and costs SFr 250 - SFr 550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 9h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Bern to Brussels.
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  • Distance: 489.4 km
  • Duration: 7h 4m

What companies run services between Bern, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium?

You can take a train from Bern to Brussels via Basel SBB, Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Paris Nord in around 7h 4m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bern to Brussels-North train station once daily. Tickets cost €30 - €40 and the journey takes 9h 5m.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €420
Flights from Geneva to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €290
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €390
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €250
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €420
Flights from Geneva to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €290
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €390
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Brussels via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €150
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€200 - €420
Flights from Geneva to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €260
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €340
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €340
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €190
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €410
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€9 - €80
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€130 - €240
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €85
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Gallarate
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€65 - €120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€25 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€28 - €75
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€28 - €40
1st Class
€55 - €75
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€75 - €160
Website
Thalys
Standard
€75 - €110
Comfort
€90 - €120
Premium
€110 - €160
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Strasbourg to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€110 - €150
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€110 - €130
1st Class
€120 - €150
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bern to Brussels-North train station
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Bern to Brussels bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Brussels-North train station.

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Bern to Brussels train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bern to Brussels is 636 km. It takes approximately 6h 21m to drive from Bern to Brussels.

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Brussels Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Zurich Airport to Brussels Airport.

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