ESTD Conference Berne, Switzerland: November (8) 9 - 11, 2017


ESTD conference 2017 on a budget!

You do not need to rob a bank to attend the ESTD Conference 2017 in Bern!

How are you supposed to make it through a single day in Switzerland without robbing a bank?

We agree: robbing a bank is out of question (after all, there will be police and justice at the ESTD conference).

Believe it or not: simple and legal ways to save money in Switzerland do exist:

Traveling to Switzerland

Momondo is a travel fare aggregator and travel fare metasearch engine. 

In 2016, momondo was found to be "one of the best travel websites for sourcing travel deals with one of the most intuitive meta search engines", according to Forbes.


Easyjet offers cheap flights to the airports in Basel and Geneva. 

Find out how to travel from Geneva or Basel to Bern here.


Ryanair offers flights from London and Dublin to Basel.

Find out how to travel from Basel to Bern here.


Eurowings offers cheap flights from many German cities to Basel, Geneva and Zurich.


Special offers Germany to Switzerland

Traveling to Bern

Trains in Switzerland are great, but rather expensive. However, there are other possibilies to travel to Bern:

Bern is easy to reach from all accross Europe by bus.

Checkmybus is a travel metasearch engine.


BlaBlaCar is the world's largest long-distance ridesharing community.

Find out how you can reach Bern by ridesharing.


As we said: trains in Switzerland are great. But expensive.

Look for SBB supersaver tickets to travel at the lowest fairs.

Supersaver offers

Staying in Bern

Most hotels in Bern are expensive. However, please note that prices usually include breakfast (so you are fit for the morning sessions at the ESTD conference). Furthermore, if you stay in a tourist accommodation in the city of Bern, you will receive a Bern Ticket for your whole stay, which lets you travel for free on public transport in Bern.

To stay in Bern on a budget:

airbnb serves guests who are looking for unique and cost-effective accommodations, usually apartment rentals and homestays.

Bern has many offers on airbnb.


This website provides a platform for members to stay as a guest at someone's home, host travelers, meet other members, or join an event.

Bern offers over 3000 possiblities for couchsurfing.


There are over 60 offers for "Bed and Breakfast" in the region of Bern.


To book your hotel for your stay in Bern at reduced prices, please go to the hotel booking site of our partner, Bern Incoming

Book your hotel here

Eating in Bern

Eating out in Switzerland is not cheap. Don't expect sanctuary at fast food restaurants either. However, there are ways to avoid an empty stomach while staying in Bern:

Tapwater in Switzerland is of excellent quality. You may also drink from the public fountains. 

Carry a bottle with you to fill.

Bern: city of fountains

To eat on a budget, buy your meals at markets, such as Coop and Migros. Some have delis where you can buy prepared food.

Migros is Switzerland's largest retail company, its largest supermarket chain and largest employer. And it is a sponsor of the ESTD conference 2017.

Migros supermarket, deli and restaurant closest to the conference venu: 

Marktgasse 46, 3011 Bern


For a special low-budget quality-eating experience, visit the Restaurant "Sous le Pont" in the "Reitschule" in Bern.

The "Reitschule Bern" is an autonomous cultural and meeting centre, with concerts and movies. Furthermore: "left-wing political literature is being published and lent, actions against racism, sexism, exploitation, and fascism and for worldwide liberation fights are organised and carried out. Feminist events are organised as well."

Restaurant "Sous Le Pont"

Neubrückstrasse 6, 3012 Bern


Free offers for your stay in Bern

Rent a bike for free during your stay in Bern (up to 4h, small surcharge if longer).


With "Free Walking Tours Bern" you will visit the most important sights of the city, you will discover different areas and learn about historical facts as well as legends and myths of the City.



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