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There are 5 ways to get from Basel to Zürich by bus, train, night train, rideshare or car

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Bus  •  1h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Zurich K188 / ...

$3 - $8

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Train  •  1h 12m

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$30 - $60

Night train  •  1h 45m

  1. Take the night train from Basel SBB Station to Zürich HB Nj 401

$8 - $11

Rideshare  •  1h 18m

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Zurich 53.4 miles

$6

Drive  •  1h

  1. Drive from Basel to Zürich 53.8 miles

$11 - $17

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Zürich is to bus which costs SFr 3 - SFr 8 and takes 1h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Zürich is to drive which costs SFr 11 - SFr 17 and takes 1h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel, Basel central station station and arriving at Zurich. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 12m.

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The distance between Basel and Zürich is 76 km. The road distance is 86.1 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Zürich without a car is to bus which takes 1h 10m and costs SFr 3 - SFr 8.

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The bus from Basel, Basel central station to Zurich takes 1h 10m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Basel to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel, Basel central station.

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Basel to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Basel SBB station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Zürich is to bus which takes 1h 10m and costs SFr 3 - SFr 8. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 30 - SFr 60 and takes 1h 12m.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 47.8 miles
  • Duration: 1h 10m

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Zürich, Switzerland?

FlixBus operates a bus from Basel to Zürich 4 times a day. Tickets cost $4 - $8 and the journey takes 1h 10m. Swiss PostAuto also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Zürich every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $30 - $60 and the journey takes 1h 12m.

Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Basel SBB Station to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
nightjet.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Swiss PostAuto
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Basel to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Basel to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Zürich is 86 km. It takes approximately 1h to drive from Basel to Zürich.

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There are 522+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Basel and Zürich. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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