Coronavirus - Current Information
We are pleased to welcome you on board and to spoil you with culinary delights.
As of Saturday, June 26, the mask requirement will be lifted on the outer deck and at the landing stages. However, it will continue to apply in all interior areas, and in the on-board restaurant the protection concept of the catering trade will apply.
We look forward to welcoming you back on board.
Please buy your ticket online in our ticket shop. If this isn’t possible, we ask that you pay by card at the boat landing stages or on board our boats.
We kindly ask you to pay for your consumption in the ship's restaurant by debit, prepaid or credit card.
Use the timetable to choose the right ticket
or buy your ticket at one of our BLS Travel Centres
Can I reserve a table?
A table reservation is possible. We ask you to reserve your table online in advance.
In which areas of the boat is it mandatory to wear a mask?
From June 26 the mask requirement on the outside decks and at the landing stages has been lifted. However, it still applies in all indoor areas. The mask may be taken off while seated at the table. In the on-board restaurant, the protection concept of the catering trade applies.
A Covid Certificate is not necessary for a boat trip.
Is there a culinary offer on the ship?
The ship's restaurant is open. The following offer is planned for you:
- Daily breakfast ships on the lakes of Thun and Brienz
- Daily lunch ships on the lakes of Thun and Brienz
- Lake Thun brunch on Sunday
- Evening cruise on the DS Blümlisalp: from Tuesday to Saturday until 18 September
Culinary evening cruises
The special culinary cruises will take place again from July. On this page we inform you about the current situation and when the evening ships leave.
When will the two steamships Blümlisalp and Lötschberg operate?
The two steamboats Blümlisalp and Lötschberg are in daily operation. The on-board catering is open. The evening cruise on the steamship Blümlisalp runs Tuesdays to Saturdays until September 18. The evening cruise on the DS Lötschberg operates every Saturday until August 28. Please inform yourself before your trip about the operation of the steamboats.
Our combined tickets for the most popular excursion destinations around both lakes allow you to enjoy attractively priced day trips. The combined tickets can be purchased at the landing stages and on the boats. Only valid for single travellers. A reservation for the combined tickets is not necessary.
Is it possible to still redeem vouchers that expired during the lockdown?
E-Guma vouchers (with 12-digit numbers and a QR Code – e.g. XXXX-XXXX-XXXX) can still be redeemed. For all other vouchers, we ask that you please send a photo of the voucher to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can assess their validity.
Is it possible to reserve seats on the boats?
It isn’t possible to reserve seats on the cruise boats. Bookings are required for 10 or more people (= group).
Are groups allowed to travel by boat and if so, must they book in advance?
Groups of 10 or more people must book in advance to travel on our cruise boats in order to guarantee the necessary passenger capacity. Group reservations do not entitle you to a seat. Additional information can be found under Group tickets.
It is the responsibility of the organiser/tour guide to ensure that the protective measures issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) are adhered to.
Are there limited places per boat?
Tickets (including combination tickets) are not limited and there is no capacity limitation due to corona measures on the boats.
Is it possible to extend the Lake GA travelcard / annual class upgrade?
Lake GA travelcards / annual class upgrades will be extended by the number of days during which BLS suspended its boat services owing to coronavirus. As soon as service is resumed, you can present your Lake GA travelcard / annual class upgrade at a boat-landing stage or directly at the boat’s ticket counter and have it extended.
At what times can I contact the Boat Travel Centre?
The BLS Navigation Travel Centre and Ship Catering is open as follows:
Mon-Thu 08.00-12.00 hours and 13.00-17.00 hours
Fri 08.00-12.00 hours and 13.00-18.00 hours
For table reservations additionally:
Sat 08.30-12.00 hours and 13.00-18.00 hours
Sun 08.30-11.00 hours
However, our customer service team will also be happy to assist you outside of these times (daily from 07.00 to 19.00 hours).
on the ships indoors, when sitting at the table you must not wear a mask.
on the boats, when boarding and disembarking, at the landing stages and at the sales points.
Prepare for your trip.
So that the distance can be maintained.
and social distancing rules set out by the Federal Office of Public Health.
We ensure the regular cleaning of our boats, especially the railings, handles and buttons. The boats are regularly aired.