Lakes & boats

Three Lakes Cruise Lake Biel

Discover the picturesque hilly landscape of the Three-Lakes Region by water.

Take in this natural spectacle on a trip from Biel/Bienne across Lake Biel and through the Zihl Canal to Lake Neuchâtel, and from there through the Broye Canal into Lake Murten. A change of scenery with some fresh air is the perfect way to recharge your batteries – and that’s what awaits you on a boat trip across Lake Biel and the Three Lakes.

You can look forward to constantly changing shoreline landscapes, picturesque little towns and the most beautiful walking and hiking trails. Rediscover the loveliest places and wine-growing villages away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy the peace and the special atmosphere on the water. No matter whether it’s summer or winter – you have to experience the atmosphere on the lake.
The outing on the water combines perfectly with a gastronomic experience on board.

You can travel quickly and easily by train to the starting points of Biel/Bienne or Murten for the Three Lakes boat trip.

Sights

Biel/Bienne

Directly situated on the shores of Lake Biel, the town of Biel offers a unique combination of culture, charm and openness. The largest bilingual town in Switzerland fascinates visitors with its lively cultural scene and charming medieval old town that invites you to stroll down its dreamy alleys.

St. Peter's Island

Situated in the middle of Lake Biel, St Peter's Island is the ideal spot for a well earned break. St. Peter's Island invites you to relax among reed beds, vines and sandy beaches. Treat yourself to a break in the restaurant, which indulges guests with exquisite regional produce and wines from around Lake Biel. You can reach the island via boat from Biel/Bienne. Those who fancy a bit more exercise can return to Erlach on foot or bike via the Heidenweg.

Murten

Discover the most beautiful views over Murten, walk over the unique ring wall and stroll through the arcades on the main street which boasts a wide variety of shops. You can pick up the brochure "Murten erleben" (Experience Murten) from Murten's tourist information office and use it to take the sightseeing tour around the town on foot. 

Timetable Today (Friday) open

The ships operate daily between 29 March and 27 October 2024.

You can find the exact sailing times at:

Rates

Three Lakes cruise (Biel/Bienne–Murten)

Biel/Bienne–Murten

Adults

  • CHF 64.00 One-way, second class
  • CHF 128.00 Return, second class

Half-Fare travelcard, children*, dogs

  • CHF 32.00 One-way, second class
  • CHF 64.00 Return, second class

Day ticket (Lake Biel/Bienne)

  • CHF 78.00 Adults
  • CHF 56.00 Half-Fare travelcard
  • CHF 15.00 Children 6-15.99 years
  • CHF 14.00 Dogs
  • CHF 8.00 Bikes

Validity and points to note

All route prices and offers at: www.bielersee.ch

Fares

Adults: from 25 years pay the normal ticket price
Young people: aged 16-24 get a 20% discount
Children: aged 6-15 pay ½ price
Children: aged 0–5 travel for free
Groups: of 10 people or more get a 30% discount

Validity 

The travelcard and half-fare card are both valid, as are various 1-day travel cards (municipal 1-day travel card, junior travelcard, travelpass for children, 1-day travel card for dogs, identity document for travellers with a disability (companion card)). Bicycle season tickets and bicycle 1-day travel cards are not valid, nor are the Libero offers.

Note on bicycle transportation

Please note: Restricted access for bicycles on some boats.
Wheelchairs and pushchairs have priority over bicycles when there are large numbers of passengers. No reservation possible.

BSG tickets are valid on the BSG and LNM route networks. Most public transport tickets and season passes are valid. All validity information can be found at www.bielersee.ch

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

Notes

Why not combine a train and boat trip with some fine on-board dining? The many boats that continually traverse the transparent waters of Lake Biel, Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Murten offer stunning views of idyllic panoramas and gossamer horizons.

The “Neuchâtel” steamboat

Relive the “Belle Époque” era on board the “Neuchâtel”, the last remaining steamboat in the Three Lakes region, and marvel at the regular motion of its paddles and pistons. Recommissioned in 2014 after three years of renovation work, the boat – which dates from 1912 – now operates regular services again on Lakes Neuchâtel and Murten and is frequently used on the Two Lakes cruise between Murten and Neuchâtel.

Catering

The boats offer a varied and tempting choice of menus, snacks and drinks. Reservations are recommended for meals. Other dining options are available at the port of Biel/Bienne or en route at the stop on St. Peter's Island.

Arrival

Travel comfortably by train to one of the starting points of the Three Lakes Country trip.

  • Boat from Biel/Bienne:
    It takes around 12 minutes to walk from Biel/Bienne train station to Biel pier, or you can take bus no. 9.
  • Boat from Neuenburg:
    It takes around 12 minutes to walk from Neuenburg train station to the harbour, or you can take bus no. 109 or 107.
  • Boat from Murten:
    It takes around 11 minutes to walk from Murten/Morat train station to the harbour, or you can take bus no. 520B. 

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