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There are 3 ways to get from Locarno to Bern by train, car or plane

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Train  •  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

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Drive  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Locarno to Bern 174.3 miles

$35 - $55

Line 20 train, line 10 train, fly, train  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the line 20 train from Locarno to Giubiasco
  2. Take the line 10 train from Giubiasco to Lugano
  3. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

$134 - $345

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

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

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No, there is no direct train from Locarno to Bern. However, there are services departing from Locarno FART and arriving at Bern via Domodossola. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 22 min.

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The distance between Locarno and Bern is 135 km. The road distance is 278.8 km.

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The best way to get from Locarno to Bern without a car is to train which takes 4 h 22 min and costs SFr 50 - SFr 95.

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It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to get from Locarno to Bern, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Locarno to Bern train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Bern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Locarno to Bern is 279 km. It takes approximately 3 h 3 min to drive from Locarno to Bern.

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  • Distance: 84.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 22 min

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

You can take a train from Locarno to Bern via Domodossola in around 4 h 22 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Locarno FART to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
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 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Locarno to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Lugano
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Domodossola to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com

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