How does the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland work?
A Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland is a convenient option for traveling in this region. You can travel as much as you like and you do not need tickets most of the time. Just board with your pass and enjoy the ride.
Printing and validating the pass
The Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland is ready for traveling once you printed it. You will receive a PDF file via e-mail, with a code that train staff can scan from your smart phone (set screen brightness to the maximum). Officially you need a printout too, so be sure to also print the pass on A4 or Letter sized paper, either at home or in your hotel.
Validation is not required if the pass contains all information (start date, passenger names and passport numbers), and there's nothing left to fill out.
In case of paper passes sent via mail, one of the validation (or: activation) processes below applies:
- You can validate the pass yourself. This is the case if there is no area on the pass that requires a stamp from the Swiss Railways, and if the start date of the pass is already printed on it. You will need to fill out a few details: usually the name and passport number of the traveler, and the country of your passport;
- Only in rare cases: your pass needs to be validated by railway personnel. This is the case if there is an area that requires a stamp from the Swiss Railways, and if the start date of the pass is not filled out yet. You can have the pass validated at a staffed Swiss station.
Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland travel days
The travel days are consecutive. If you don't travel on such a day, it still counts as a travel day.
There are two types of trips:
- Trips on routes that allow free traveling. You can just board any train, bus, boat, etc. on such routes. You do not need a ticket;
- Trips on routes that allow discounted traveling. You need to arrange for a discounted ticket at the ticket office of staffed rail stations, from a ticketing machine, or online.
There are many cable cars that also allow free traveling. In such cases you may need to get a ticket as access gates require a specific ticket type. You can get a free ticket upon presenting your Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland.
You do not need seat reservations for 99% of all trains and buses in Switzerland. You can just board with your Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland. Exceptions are some international trains and some panoramic trains. If you need, or want, seat reservations, you need to arrange for them separately. Seat reservations are not included in the pass.
About train seat reservations
About bus seat reservations
On board the train
Once you're on board, you will need to present your Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland (and the discounted ticket if applicable) to ticket controllers upon request. The controller may want to check your passport as well, to make sure you're the owner of the presented pass.