Paris Bern Train timetables, journey time, prices

Bern, the capital of Switzerland, lies at the heart of the country and is the only city to have retained its medieval appearance. This means there are plenty of historical sites to visit. With a 6-km long shopping promenade made up of numerous arcades, the old centre is listed on Unesco's World Heritage list. Its founder, Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen, apparently gave the city its name after killing a bear during a hunting party. The bear thus became the symbol of the city of Bern (bear is translated as "Bär" in German).

TGV Lyria journeys from France to Bern


The TGV Lyria offers you the possibility to reach Bern from France in 4 hours. The train journey from Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Bern requires only one connection.

Paris <> Bern

The journey between Paris and Bern takes 4 hours 27 minutes in total, with 6 daily frequencies. Berne is accessible with the TGV Paris <> Zurich line, via a platform-to-platform connection at Basel station. The duration of the TGV Lyria is 3h04 and that of the TER about 1 hour.

When to book your train ticket

To obtain your Paris-Bern train ticket at the best price, we recommend booking in advance. With TGV Lyria, if you reserve your ticket 6 months before departure, you could benefit from the lowest prices, from €29. In short - plan ahead!

If you are travelling as a family with children or teenagers, SNCF discount cards are available for young people. There are other beneficial fare options for those aged 60 years plus or for frequent weekend travellers. 

Other solutions are available for booking your train ticket at the lowest fares.

All our tips for travelling at lower prices.

How much does it cost to travel between Paris and Bern?

With our range of services that has been designed for your satisfaction, you can now choose between 3 travel classes: BUSINESS 1ERE, STANDARD 1ERE or STANDARD. You will find the class of travel that suits you best according to your requirements, budget and travel dates. 

The fares and conditions for our service range.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How can I get to Bern from Paris?

    To get to Bern, you need to take the Paris–Zurich service departing from Paris Gare de Lyon station. You then need to alight at Basel station, for a cross-platform connection.

  • How many TGV Lyria services are there per day to Bern?

    All of the six daily services between Paris and Zurich call at Basel, from where there is an onward connection to Bern. This page displays the TGV Lyria train timetables in detail.

  • How long is the train journey from Paris to Bern?

    The total journey time from Paris to Bern, including the connection, is around 4 hours 30 minutes. It takes 3 hours 4 minutes to get from Paris to Basel and then around 1 hour for the TER (regional train) journey from Basel to Bern.

  • How much does a ticket cost?

    For the journey from Paris to Basel, where you will pick up your connection, you have a choice of three classes: BUSINESS 1ERE, STANDARD 1ERE and STANDARD. Single tickets in STANDARD class are available from TGV Lyria for EUR 49 all year round. You can benefit from tickets starting from just EUR 29 by booking four months before your departure. This price does not include the cost of the TER ticket from Basel to Bern.