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There are 5 ways to get from Basel to Ascona by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Locarno 9-Y

$80 - $141

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Bellinzona

$31 - $37

3 alternative options

Train via Bellinzona  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bellinzona 21 / ...

$80 - $142

Train via Iselle transito  •  5 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Iselle transito Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno S. Antonio Express / ...

$79 - $142

Drive  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Ascona 168.9 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Ascona is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 40 and takes 6 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Ascona is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Basel to Ascona. However, there are services departing from Basel and arriving at Ascona, Posta via Bellinzona, Piazza Orico and Locarno, Via della Pace. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 1 min.

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The distance between Basel and Ascona is 181 km. The road distance is 270.2 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Ascona without a car is to train which takes 3 h 35 min and costs SFr 75 - SFr 150.

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It takes approximately 3 h 35 min to get from Basel to Ascona, including transfers.

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Basel to Ascona bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, depart from Basel station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Ascona is to train which takes 3 h 35 min and costs SFr 75 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 30 - SFr 40 and takes 6 h 1 min.

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Basel to Ascona bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, arrive at Bellinzona station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Ascona is 270 km. It takes approximately 2 h 57 min to drive from Basel to Ascona.

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  • Distance: 112.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 35 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Ascona 4 times a week. Tickets cost $75 - $140 and the journey takes 3 h 11 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Basel to Ascona once a week. Tickets cost $22 and the journey takes 4 h 30 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 Locarno
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Iselle transito
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno S. Antonio
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Domodossola to Locarno S. Antonio
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Basel to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
ventrebus.com

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