Airfare to Bern, Switzerland
One of the smallest capitals in Europe, Bern is home to only 130,000 people. A Swiss-German speaking town, Bern lies in the center of the country, facilitating travel anywhere in the nation. Popular things to do include a visit to the animated Clock Tower, a summer-day float down the River Aare and a visit to the city-mascot bears.
Airfare to Bern will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Milan, Italy or Geneva, Switzerland. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. flyBE flies to Bern. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. SWISS is the national airline. However, Sky Work Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines and other airlines also stop in Bern.
The most expensive air tickets to Bern are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Milan, Italy or Geneva, Switzerland and traveling overland to Bern via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Bern, check out BootsnAll’s Bern Travel Guide.