There are 4 ways to get from Locarno to Bern by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train via Zürich HB  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Bellinzona to Zürich HB 12-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Bern 1 / ...

$84 - $166

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Bellinzona to Zürich
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Berne Bâle > Zurich > Berne > Fribourg > Lausanne > Genève - Gare routière > Lyon - Gare routière Perrache > Clermont-Ferrand > Brive-la-Gaillarde > Périgueux > Bordeaux Centre > Bayonne > Hub Europe Alsa

$38 - $50

2 alternative options

Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Locarno FART to Domodossola Express / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Bern Eurocity / ...

$51 - $95

Drive  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Locarno to Bern 174.3 miles

$35 - $55

What companies run services between Locarno, Switzerland and Bern, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Locarno to Bern via Bellinzona and Zürich HB in around 4 h 17 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Locarno to Bern via Bellinzona, Piazza Orico, Bellinzona, Zürich, Zürich Stadelhofen, Zürich HB, and Zurich in around 5 h 58 min.

Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Bellinzona to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Bern
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Locarno FART to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Bellinzona to Zürich
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zurich to Berne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
Ouibus

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Locarno and Bern is 135 km. The road distance is 279 km.

The cheapest way to get from Locarno to Bern is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 3 h 3 min.

The quickest way to get from Locarno to Bern is to drive which takes 3 h 3 min and costs SFr 35 - SFr 55.

No, there is no direct train from Locarno to Bern. However, there are services departing from Locarno and arriving at Bern via Bellinzona and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 17 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 17 min to get from Locarno to Bern, including transfers.