How Much Does a Trip to Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland Cost?

by Gigi Griffis

Traditional Swiss fondue: approx. 20 CHF.
Wondering what it will cost to spend a fabulous vacation in the Swiss Alps? Never fear. Here are some common costs to help you out:

8-day Swiss pass: 384.00 CHF

Single room in an alpine hotel (per night): 100 CHF
Hostel bed (per night): 32 CHF
Dog hotel fee (per night): 15 CHF

Sandwich and tap water: 10 – 15 CHF
Larger meal (fondue, rosti, or a large breakfast, for example): 20 – 30 CHF
Tea or coffee: 4.5o CHF
Cereal and milk at the grocery store: 7.15 CHF
1-2 servings of pasta from the grocery store:  7.80 CHF
Dried fruit snacks (for hiking): 2.95 CHF
Beer from the grocery store: 1.60 CHF
Beer at a restaurant/bar: 4+ CHF

The Bernese Oberland is all about the outdoors. Hiking is, of course, free. And you can drink the water in the fountains along the trails. Other sports, like paragliding, will cost you generally between 100 CHF and 300 CHF. Kayak rentals run about 50 CHF. Etc.

If you would rather spend your time in town, entrance to the castle in Thun is 11 CHF.

* At the time of this writing, 1 CHF was the equivalent of $1.05 US dollars.

[Looking for more cost info? Check out my cost breakdown from one month in Edinburgh, Scotland.]

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Roommate #1 September 11, 2012 - 8:40 am

I love these posts because more people need to know that travel is only as expensive as (sometimes less expensive than) the things you do when you’re home.
Gigi, you should consider linking the one you wrote about the amount you spent traveling/living in Scotland because it was another good one about the cost factor.

gigigriffis September 11, 2012 - 8:57 am

Good idea, my dear! For those who are wondering, Scotland cost info is here:

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Trevor August 9, 2013 - 10:36 am

I really like this section of your blog and am considering adding something similar to my own. It can be hard to budget for travel if you haven’t been wherever you’re going recently and digging through forums can take a while. Thanks for the info!

gigigriffis August 9, 2013 - 10:55 am

Thanks. I completely agree. I’m a big fan of budget posts, particularly when they give details about the kind of accommodations, food, etc.


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