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Car Hire in Bern

It’s hard to believe that you are in a capital city as you wander entranced around the delightfully picturesque – and Unesco World Heritage-listed – Old Town of Bern.

It feels relaxed and care-free – not traits you’d usually associate with a capital city anywhere in the world. Except, of course, in Switzerland.

Switzerland has always been something of an enigma with its four languages, mysterious snow-capped landscapes and certain national eccentricities – cuckoo clocks, anyone?

Yet Bern is, perhaps the most enigmatic Swiss location of them all. And that’s what you can’t help but love about it.

Its cobbled centre is decorated by flags fluttering in the alpine breeze. The distinctive grey-green sandstone of its roads is flanked by four miles of covered arcades, cellar shops and bars. The almost fairy–tale atmosphere is enhanced by the statues of fantastical folk figures that festoon the 16th century fountains.

If you arrange car hire in Bern you’ll be able to drive up the surrounding hills to admire it from a distance – and it looks just as good. The sloped red roofing of the houses plays a sharp contrast to the lush greens of nearby fields and the blue of the Aare River that holds the city, as if in a crook of its arm.

And should you book your car rental in Bern there’s plenty to drive to around the town and a lot more besides in the Swiss countryside beyond.

Cheap Car Hire in Bern

If you’re flying to Bern you will land at Bern Airport, just 10 miles from the city. You can arrange your car hire in Bern with Expedia so that your chosen car is waiting for you as you stroll through the arrivals hall. Pick up the keys, jump in the car and Bern will be captivating you in no time at all.

If you have already arranged alternative transport from the airport it’s just as easy to book your car hire in Bern online with Expedia from a number of locations across the city.

We offer you the chance to find all the latest car hire deals in a single search. Your results can be easily sorted and filtered by price, location and car type.

To travel around in style, you may wish to select one of our executive cars or, if you are travelling on a budget, perhaps an economical mini–class car would suit? Families and larger group can select the comfort of an SUV to ensure that everyone can drive together while enjoying the scenic drives through the mountains.

Things to See and Do in Bern

If you’ve already seen the living symbols of Bern at the Bear Park, driven up for the unparalleled views of the city from its Rose Garden, felt dwarfed by the huge cathedral at Bern Münster and seen where Einstein was born, then may we suggest the following.

  • The Aare river is the place to be in summer. To avoid the crowds, drive out to the Marzili river-pool just beyond Bern. Jump into the pool of the Marzilibad and let yourself flow down the river.
  • Get yourself exfoliated in style at Oktogon Hammam, where you can steam, shower, scrub and soak.

And then maybe its time to head out in that car!

Car Rental in Bern for Lucerne

It’s an hour and a half’s drive to Lucerne from Bern. And it’s worth every single minute!

You’ll arrive at a cobalt lake that’s ringed by mythic mountains. The Old Town is peppered by bridges, plazas, waterfront promenades and fringed by delightfully colourful houses.

There’s carnival festivities at Fasnacht, balmy weather in summer and golden hues in autumn – and for such a relaxing locale you’ll be surprised to find a rather vibrant nightlife that revolves around live music performances.

Car Rental in Bern for Lausanne

In the same amount of time from Bern, you could opt to travel instead to Lausanne. Here you will find yourself surrounded by vineyards that cling to the hillsides as they make their descent to pay homage to the gorgeous lake at their foot.

And at the lake’s shores is Lausanne. Lausanne is very aware of its reputation as Switzerland’s future – as it plays to the foil of Geneva’s reputation for heritage.

There’s an upbeat vibe in the air – helped on by its student population. This is the place to really get in the groove with the Swiss, but it still boasts an achingly beautiful Old Town and a clutch of fascinating museums.

To really feel what Lausanne is all about drive down to the hip neighbourhoods of Ouchy and Flon, with warehouse spaces which have been imaginatively refashioned to fit Lausanne’s zeitgeist.

FAQs for car hire in Bern

What’s the best price car rental in Bern?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Bern.

What’s the average car rental price in Bern?

On average, car rentals in Bern are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Bern?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Bern?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.