Car Hire from Bern Airport
As Switzerland’s capital, there’s plenty of culture, history and nightlife on offer in Bern. However, like much of this region, it’s a laid back place, friendly and easy to get around. Throughout the area surrounding Bern there are beautiful lakes, valleys and mountains, quaint towns and pretty villages. With a hire car from Bern Airport, all of these attractions are within easy reach.
Where to hire a car at Bern Airport
There is a good selection of car hire companies at Bern Airport. Budget, Avis and Europcar all operate from the Car Rental Centre located within the terminal building. Hertz and Sixt also offer car hire from the airport but with a meet and greet service. They wait for travellers in the arrivals hall and then take them to the car which is located off site.
Petrol Stations near Bern Airport
If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, there are a number of service stations within easy reach of Bern Airport. If you’re travelling from the south on route 6, you’ll come across a BP garage about 10 minutes before you reach the airport. Alternatively, for those travelling from Bern, there’s a Migrol petrol station about 10 minutes from the airport on Seftigenstrasse.
Driving around Bern Airport
Bern Airport sits on one side of the River Aare. Route 8 leads north and south from the airport and connects to the route 6 motorway to the south of the airport. Driving around Switzerland is straightforward. Roads are well maintained and well signposted.
Getting to your destination
When you hire a car from Bern Airport, there are lots of incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:
Bern is Switzerland’s capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors come to see the small city’s beautiful cobbled old town, vibrant cellar bars and world-class museums which include the Bern Historical Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Bern. There’s also a bear park (The Bear Pit) and the opportunity to swim in the River Aare.
Bern city is around 20 minutes’ drive from Bern Airport, taking route 8 north from the airport. Despite being Switzerland’s capital, Bern is a relatively small city. Parking in the centre can be busy and costly. However, Bern is easily navigable on foot and there is a good public transport system. Because of this, parking in one of the city’s park and ride car parks on the outskirts is usually the cheapest and easiest option.
As its name suggests, the small city of Interlaken is located between two lakes, Brienzersee and Thunersee. The city is a base from which to enjoy the region’s best outdoor activities including skiing, sailing, hiking, cycling and even sky diving. Around the town there are lots of souvenir shops and the opportunity to ride the mountain railways.
Bern Airport to Interlaken is a 45 minute, 51km drive. Drivers should take route 6 south before picking up route 8 heading along the south side of the lakes. There are lots of paid car parks around the city. Once you’ve parked up, it’s easy to explore Interlaken’s compact centre on foot.
Spiez sits at the edge of Lake Thunersee. The small, quaint town is famous for its medieval castle and spectacular scenery. Visitors can spend days wandering around the forested lakeside, local vineyards and, on summer days, taking a swim in the lake itself. During the evenings, visitors will find a selection of bars in the town, some of them serving Spiez’s famous local wine.
Spiez is just 30 minutes’ drive from Bern Airport, taking route 6 south. There are a number of car parks around the city. If you park by the train station, you’ll find the tourist information office close by. There is also parking by the lake and at the castle.