There are 3 ways to get from Basel to Airolo by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld 26
  2. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo 59-Y / ...

$65 - $114

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Bus  •  4 h 20 min

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

$11 - $19

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Airolo 118.1 miles

$24 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Airolo is to bus which costs SFr 11 - SFr 19 and takes 4 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Airolo is to drive which costs SFr 23 - SFr 35 and takes 2 h 4 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel, Basel central station station and arriving at Airolo. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Airolo. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Airolo via Erstfeld. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 45 min.

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The distance between Basel and Airolo is 139 km. The road distance is 188.9 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Airolo without a car is to train which takes 3 h 45 min and costs SFr 60 - SFr 110.

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It takes approximately 3 h 45 min to get from Basel to Airolo, including transfers.

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

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Basel to Airolo 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 Airolo is to train which takes 3 h 45 min and costs SFr 60 - SFr 110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 11 - SFr 19 and takes 4 h 20 min.

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  • Distance: 86.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 45 min

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

You can take a train from Basel to Airolo via Erstfeld in around 3 h 45 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Basel to Airolo twice daily. Tickets cost $11 - $19 and the journey takes 4 h 20 min.

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 Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Airolo
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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