Official Language

The official language is English.

Name badge

A name badge will be required for access to the congress area. Participants will receive a name badge when they check in at the registration desk. It must be worn at all times.

Currency

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF). Merchants may accept Euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss francs. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

Electricity and plugs

Current throughout Switzerland is supplied at 230 volts. Type C (euro plug, two-pin) plugs and type J (three-pin) plugs are used. The type F (“Schuko”) plugs widely used in Europe cannot be used without an adapter.

Dialing codes

The national dialing code for Switzerland is +41. The following 0 is omitted. Dialing codes from Switzerland are as follows:

Germany: 0049
France: 0033
Italy: 0039
Japan: 0081
Netherlands: 0031
Austria: 0043
USA: 001
UK: 0044

Shopping

Stores in Bern usually have the following opening times:

Times may vary slightly from store to store. Some stores in the lower Old Town, from the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) upwards, don’t open until 10:00 a.m. If you would like to visit a particular store, we recommend finding out its opening times in advance.

Monday – Wednesday   09:00 – 06:30

Thursday   09:00 – 08:00

Friday   09:00 – 06:30

Saturday   09:00 – 05:00

Sunday   close

Bern’s main station is home to more than 80 stores that are open 365 days a year, from early till late. The large shopping centers in the city also have longer opening times.

Tips

Tips are generally included in the price for all services. However, in restaurants it is usual to round up the bill by a reasonable amount.

Public transport

The City of Bern has an extensive public transport network with different tram and bus lines.

Tickets for Bern public transport can be bought at machines and in the LIBERO shop at Bern main station. No tickets are sold on buses and trams. In addition to the normal tickets, and the multiple journey tickets, Bernmobil also sells short journey tickets at a more affordable price. The ticket machines at the tram and bus stops show which routes the short journey ticket is valid for.

Overnight visitors don’t need to worry about tickets in Bern. From your first overnight stay in tourist accommodation in the city, you will receive a Bern Ticket for your whole stay. This lets you travel for free in zones 100/101 operated by LIBERO. The Bern Ticket also includes the Gurten funicular, the Marzilibahn funicular and the lift to Bern’s cathedral platform, as well as your journey to and from Bern Airport.

On the day you arrive in Bern, your reservation confirmation counts as a transfer ticket from the train station or Bern Airport to where you are staying. You will receive the Bern Ticket when you check in. It is only valid if fully filled in. If asked, please show your ticket to the ticket.

Tourist information

You can find information and brochures about your stay in the city and region of Bern at Tourist Information at the Main Station:

Bahnhofplatz 10a
3011 Bern

T +41 31 328 12 12
info@bern.com
https://www.bern.com/en

Opening hours Tourist Information
Monday – Saturday                       09:00 – 19:00
Sunday and generally feasts        09:00 – 18:00