There are 9 ways to get from Schmalkalden to Bern by train, bus, car or plane

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

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Train  •  8h 35m

  1. Take the train from Wernshausen to Eisenach
  2. Take the train from Eisenach to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern 61 / ...

SFr 119 - SFr 239

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Bus via Berne  •  12h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Zella-Mehlis to Karlsruhe 015 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Berne BlaBlaBus / ...

SFr 32 - SFr 73

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Bus  •  11h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Zella-Mehlis to Karlsruhe 015 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Bern N122 / ...

SFr 37 - SFr 45

Drive  •  5h 46m

  1. Drive from Schmalkalden to Bern 599 km

SFr 75 - SFr 120

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel  •  7h 54m

  1. Take the train from Wernshausen to Eisenach
  2. Take the train from Eisenach to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  3. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern

SFr 155 - SFr 394

Train, train to Nuremberg, fly to Zurich  •  7h 18m

  1. Take the train from Zella-Mehlis to Erfurt Hbf
  2. Take the train from Erfurt Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
  3. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Zurich (ZRH) NUE - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

SFr 163 - SFr 413

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich  •  7h 54m

  1. Take the train from Wernshausen to Eisenach
  2. Take the train from Eisenach to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  3. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

SFr 167 - SFr 394

Train, train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich  •  9h 59m

  1. Take the train from Wernshausen to Eisenach
  2. Take the train from Eisenach to Stuttgart Hbf
  3. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

SFr 169 - SFr 380

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly to Geneva  •  10h 13m

  1. Take the train from Wernshausen to Eisenach
  2. Take the train from Eisenach to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  3. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Geneva (GVA) FRA - GVA
  4. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern

SFr 167 - SFr 404

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The cheapest way to get from Schmalkalden to Bern is to bus which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 11h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Schmalkalden to Bern is to drive which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 5h 46m.

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No, there is no direct train from Schmalkalden to Bern. However, there are services departing from Schmalkalden and arriving at Bern via Wernshausen, Eisenach, Mannheim Hbf and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 35m.

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The distance between Schmalkalden and Bern is 473 km. The road distance is 599 km.

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The best way to get from Schmalkalden to Bern without a car is to train which takes 8h 35m and costs 100€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 8h 35m to get from Schmalkalden to Bern, including transfers.

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Schmalkalden to Bern train services, operated by Süd Thüringen Bahn, depart from Wernshausen station.

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The best way to get from Schmalkalden to Bern is to train which takes 8h 35m and costs 100€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 11h 2m.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Schmalkalden to Bern.
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  • Distance: 473.3 km
  • Duration: 8h 35m

What companies run services between Schmalkalden, Germany and Bern, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Schmalkalden to Bern via Wernshausen, Eisenach, Mannheim Hbf, and Basel SBB in around 8h 35m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Schmalkalden to Bern via Zella-Mehlis, Zella-Mehlis, and Karlsruhe in around 11h 2m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 370
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 430
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 550
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 550
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 600
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 260
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 370
Flights from Nuremberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 430
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 600
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 260
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Train operators
Süd Thüringen Bahn
Phone
+49 (0)3693 5086 0
Email
info@sued-thueringen-bahn.de
Website
sued-thueringen-bahn.de
Train from Wernshausen to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Süd Thüringen Bahn
Train from Zella-Mehlis to Erfurt Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Süd Thüringen Bahn
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 Eisenach to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 28 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Eisenach to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Eisenach to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 24
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 65
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 65
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 Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
57 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 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui
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 Zella-Mehlis to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Bern
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Karlsruhe to Berne
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Website
alsa.com
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Bern, Car-Terminal Neufeld
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 17
Website
RegioJet

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Yes, the driving distance between Schmalkalden to Bern is 599 km. It takes approximately 5h 46m to drive from Schmalkalden to Bern.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 189+ hotels available in Bern. Prices start at SFr 100 per night.

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