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Aare boat trip Solothurn-Biel

Save 20% on the varied river trip by traveling by public transport.

The almost three-hour Aare boat trip on Switzerland's longest navigable waterway is a special experience. The route between the baroque city of Solothurn and the bilingual city of Biel is considered the most beautiful river cruise in Switzerland. Enjoy the view of the Jura chain and let yourself be spoilt in the on-board restaurant. From the deck of the ship you will discover the storks in Altreu, the historic town of Büren an der Aare and experience the impressive lock ride in Port. The Aare trip can be started from Biel or Solothurn. Both starting and ending points are very well served by public transport.

Travel by train to one of the starting points for a boat trip on the Aare.

Profit now

Benefit from the following advantages if you purchase the journey to and from the event by public transport at the same time:

  • 20% discount on the Aare trip Solothurn-Biel/Bienne or vice versa.

The savings offer is also available at BLS Travel Centres and at any railway counter in Switzerland.

Places of interest

Baroque City of Solothurn

Discover the beautiful city of Solothurn. The lively old town with exciting city history and individual shops and many gastronomic establishments invites you to take a stroll. The exceptional museums and city tours offer something for everyone

Altreu, European Stork Village and Witi Information Centre

The Altreu stork village is internationally known as a care and breeding station for white storks. The animals now live in freedom, are naturally settled and can feed themselves. Just like in the old days, the storks stand in their nests on the high roofs of the farmhouses. At times there are over 100 animals living here. At the "Infozentrum Witi" you can learn more about the stork and its reintroduction to Switzerland. A film and guided tours bring visitors closer to the subject in an exciting way.

Historic town of Büren an der Aare

The charming medieval town of Büren an der Aare is listed in the Federal Inventory of Cultural Heritage. Worth seeing are the castle, the town hall with its Gothic window front, the "Spittel", which has been converted into a local museum, the town church, the arcades on the main street, the two town fountains and the mighty wooden bridge.

Lock ride in Port

On the journey from Biel to Solothurn, the ships have to pass the weir and lock at Port. Watch the captain's inch-perfect manoeuvring skills to lower the ship to the level of the lower course of the Aare.
The Port weir is the centrepiece of the second Jura water correction. It regulates the levels of the three Jura lakes and the discharge of the Aare.


Located directly on the shores of Lake Biel, the city of Biel offers a unique blend of culture, charm and openness. Switzerland's largest bilingual city fascinates with its lively cultural scene and charming medieval old town, which invites you to stroll through its dreamy alleys.

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From 4 May to 27 October 2024 according to the timetable

The ships of the Bielersee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft operate according to the timetable of the current season.
Please inform yourself before the trip on the online timetable of the BSG.

Note bike transport:
Restricted access for bicycles on some ships. Wheelchairs and prams have priority over bicycles when there are large numbers of passengers. No reservation possible.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch during the boat trip. Reservations directly with the Bielersee Schifffahrtsgesellschaft are recommended.

Sailor's breakfast CHF 19.00 

  • 1 croissant, 1 grain roll, bread, butter
  • butter, jam
  • 3 regional cheeses
  • 1 glass of orange juice
  • Coffee, tea, Ovomaltine or chocolate

Captain's breakfast CHF 27.00

Sailor's breakfast plus

  • 1 plait
  • 1 yoghurt
  • 40 g ham
  • 1 boiled egg 


Travel by train to one of the starting points for a boat trip on the Aare.

Boat from Biel:
From Biel/Bienne railway station to Schiffländte Biel it is a 12-minute walk or take bus no. 9.

Ship from Solothurn:
From Solothurn railway station (exit "City") you can reach the Schiffländte on foot (1 km, approx. 20 min.) or by bus no. 8 in the direction of "Büren an der Aare" to the "Schiffländte" stop (2 min. journey time and approx. 500 m walk).

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