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There are 8 ways to get from Montpellier to Bern by train, bus, car, plane or night bus

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Train

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
  3. Take the train from Genève to Bern

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Montpellier to Lyon Perrache
  2. Take the bus from Lyon Perrache to Bern

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Train via Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud
  2. Take the train from Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud to Annecy
  3. Take the train from Genève to Bern

Drive

  1. Drive from Montpellier to Bern

Fly Montpellier to Basel, train

  1. Fly from Montpellier (MPL) to Basel (BSL)
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern

Night bus to Marseille, fly to Zurich, train

  1. Take the night bus from Montpellier to Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport
  2. Fly from Marseille (MRS) to Zurich (ZRH)
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

Night bus to Marseille, fly to Geneva, train

  1. Take the night bus from Montpellier to Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport
  2. Fly from Marseille (MRS) to Geneva (GVA)
  3. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern

Fly Montpellier to Strasbourg, drive

  1. Fly from Montpellier (MPL) to Strasbourg (SXB)
  2. Drive from Strasbourg to Bern

Montpellier to Bern by train

The train journey time between Montpellier and Bern is around 7h 35m and covers a distance of around 627 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 59m. The fastest train normally takes 5h 46m. Operated by TGV inOui, Renfe SNCF, SNCF and others, the Montpellier to Bern train service departs from Montpellier Saint-Roch and arrives in Bern. Typically 39 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
5h 35m
Layover time:
1h 59m
Total time:
7h 35m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
5h 46m
Train distance:
627 km
Trains per week:
39
Cheapest price:
SFr 116
Carbon emissions:
33 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:28
Last train departs at:
17:58

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Montpellier to Bern train schedules

France → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from France

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from France

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from France
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, 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
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Rules to follow in Switzerland

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from France

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

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from France.

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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
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bern is 0041 58 463 00 00.

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

The social distance requirement in Bern is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

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

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Last updated: 15 Oct 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Montpellier to Bern is to bus which costs €19 - €35 and takes 10h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Montpellier to Bern is to fly and drive which costs €65 - €260 and takes 5h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Montpellier to Bern. However, there are services departing from Montpellier and arriving at Bern via Lyon Perrache. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Montpellier to Bern. However, there are services departing from Montpellier Saint-Roch and arriving at Bern via Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 59m.

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The distance between Montpellier and Bern is 464 km. The road distance is 605.8 km.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Bern without a car is to train which takes 6h 59m and costs €130 - €250.

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It takes approximately 6h 59m to get from Montpellier to Bern, including transfers.

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

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Montpellier to Bern train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Montpellier Saint-Roch station.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Bern is to train which takes 6h 59m and costs €130 - €250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €19 - €35 and takes 10h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Montpellier to Bern.
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  • Distance: 464.4 km
  • Duration: 6h 59m

What companies run services between Montpellier, France and Bern, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Montpellier to Bern via Lyon Part Dieu and Genève in around 6h 59m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Montpellier to Bern via Lyon Perrache in around 10h 35m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Marseille to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 390
Flights from Marseille to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 390
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Montpellier to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 140
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Marseille to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 320
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Marseille to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 180
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Montpellier to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 280
Train operators
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 Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 60 - SFr 70
1st Class
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 60
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 45 - SFr 60
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 55
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 21 - SFr 35
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
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 Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud to Annecy
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
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 Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Sbb
Website
delfi.de
Train from Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
4 times a day
Schedules at
delfi.de
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Montpellier to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lyon Perrache to Bern
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
fr.ouibus.com
Bus from Montpellier to Lyon - Perrache Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 16
Website
Blablabus
Night bus from Montpellier to Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 12
Website
Blablabus
Comuto Pro
Phone
+34 937 065 366
Website
barcelonanord.cat
Bus from Montpellier to Lyon
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
Comuto Pro
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
Phone
+34 937 065 366
Website
barcelonanord.cat
Bus from Montpellier to Lyon
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Montpellier Sabines to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 14
Website
Union Ivkoni
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Lyon Perrache SNCF Train Station to Bern Car Terminal Neufeld
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 15
Website
RegioJet

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The quickest flight from Montpellier Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Montpellier to Bern bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bern station.

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Montpellier to Bern train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Bern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Montpellier to Bern is 606 km. It takes approximately 5h 48m to drive from Montpellier to Bern.

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easyJet offers flights from Montpellier Airport to Basel Airport.

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Book your Montpellier to Bern bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 53+ hotels available in Bern. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Montpellier Airport is to line 620 bus which takes 25 min and costs €2.

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