The Gurten funicular travels up the Gurten every 15 minutes. In the background is the Kulm building and the observation tower.
The Gurten funicular arriving at the top station.

Gurten funicular

“Mountain retreat on your doorstep”, every 15 minutes

Buy Gurtenbahn Tickets
Validity of free tickets

Free travelcards and multi-ride tickets will no longer be valid from December 2023.

The funicular track goes down to Bern. There is a regular timetable. The route operates on a 15-minute cycle.


The Gurten funicular departs daily every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. On the hour and at quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour. Deviations from the timetable are possible in case of high passenger volume. When special events are organized on the Gurten, it is possible to continue operating until 3:45 a.m.

Mon.–Sat.: 7 a.m.–11:45 p.m.
(last ascent 11:30 p.m.)
Sun. & public holidays: 7 a.m.–8:15 p.m.
(last ascent 8 p.m.)

Ticket prices

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines at the valley, middle and mountain stations or online. Alternatively, you can buy tickets via the usual public transport apps.

Season tickets, half-fare tickets and Libero (monthly or annual subscription for zone 100/101) are valid. The Libero day pass and the multi and group day passes are not valid.

Single ticket: CHF 7
Return ticket: CHF 12.60
Children (6–16) / half fare
Single ticket: CHF 3.50
Return ticket: CHF 12.60
From the panorama coach, guests enjoy a magnificent view over the flowering meadow and the Kulm building.
The Gurten funicular top station has five exits on different levels.

Information for shareholders

Here you can find the most important documents concerning the general meeting and the annual report as well as information about the sale and purchase of shares in Gurtenbahn Bern AG.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

Organization of Gurtenbahn

Gurtenbahn Bern AG was founded in 1898 as the “Elektrische Gurtenbahn”. For more than 120 years, it has linked Wabern with Bern’s local mountain, the Gurten, transporting one million passengers up the Gurten every year.

Chairperson of the BOD: Dr. Marie v. Fischer Lehmann,
Vice-Chairperson of the BOD: Jürg Frefel,
Representative Migros Aare Cooperative
Member of the BOD: Valentin König,
Aletsch Bahnen AG
Member of the BOD: Reto Rutschi,
Financial Manager
of the City of Bern
Member of the BOD: Christian Burren,
Municipal Councilor of Köniz
Chairperson of
the Executive Board:
René Schmied
Head of
Operations & Marketing:
Bernhard Schocker
Head of Finance & HR: Rita Beutler

Here you can find the organizational chart of Gurtenbahn Bern AG.

The  funicular is operated by Gurtenbahn Bern AG. Every year it transports more than one million people.

Technical data

Since it was brought into service in 1899, the Gurten funicular has transported more than 40 million people. In service since mid-1999, the new Gurten funicular is famous for its panorama coach and its efficiency. Every year, during the four-day Gurten Festival, the funicular transports 130,000 visitors to the summit at a record speed.

History of the Gurten funicular

The funicular on the Gurten has been transporting guests up Bern’s local mountain for more than a century, and has played a key role in developing the tourist sector in Bern. The modern funicular, which took guests to the Gurten Kulm spa hotel, proved to be a selling point abroad. Since its inauguration in 1899, the funicular has lived through turbulent times. Learn more about the funicular's long history.

The old Gurten funicular on its way