There are 7 ways to get from Basel to Brussels by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg Ter
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Tgv

155€ - 229€

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Bus  •  8h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel SBB to Brussels, Brussels-North station N836 / ...

26€ - 40€

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Bus via Mulhouse  •  10h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Mulhouse to Bruxelles, Nord 472

45€ - 72€

Rideshare  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Brussels 540.4 km

41€ - 44€

Drive  •  5h 20m

  1. Drive from Basel to Brussels 540.5 km

60€ - 95€

Fly from Basel  •  3h 37m

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Brussels (BRU) BSL - BRU

54€ - 221€

Train to Zurich, fly  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Brussels (BRU) ZRH - BRU

115€ - 250€

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Brussels is to bus which costs SFr 28 - SFr 45 and takes 8h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Brussels is to fly which costs SFr 55 - SFr 240 and takes 3h 37m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel, Basel SBB and arriving at Brussels, Brussels-North station station. Services depart four times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Brussels. However, there are services departing from Basel Sbb and arriving at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi via Strasbourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 50m.

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The distance between Basel and Brussels is 435 km. The road distance is 540.5 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Brussels without a car is to train which takes 5h 50m and costs SFr 160 - SFr 250.

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It takes approximately 5h 50m to get from Basel to Brussels, including transfers.

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Basel to Brussels bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Basel, Basel SBB station.

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Basel to Brussels 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 Brussels is to train which takes 5h 50m and costs SFr 160 - SFr 250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 28 - SFr 45 and takes 8h 40m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 55 - SFr 240 and takes 3h 37m.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Brussels.
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  • Distance: 434.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 50m

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium?

You can take a train from Basel to Brussels via Strasbourg in around 5h 50m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Basel, Basel SBB to Brussels, Brussels-North station once daily. Tickets cost 26€ - 35€ and the journey takes 8h 40m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 700€
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 850€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 700€
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 450€
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 650€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 220€
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 80€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
30€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Strasbourg to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110€ - 150€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
110€ - 130€
1st Class
120€ - 150€
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
30€ - 35€
1st Class
24€ - 29€
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel SBB to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
26€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bale to Bruxelles, Nord
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Eurolines FR
Bus from Mulhouse to Bruxelles, Nord
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Eurolines FR
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Basel to Brussels North
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 65€
Book at
eurolines.ch
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
41€ - 44€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Basel to Brussels bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Brussels, Brussels-North station.

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Basel to Brussels train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Brussels is 540 km. It takes approximately 5h 20m to drive from Basel to Brussels.

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Brussels Airlines, easyJet and Lufthansa offer flights from Basel Airport to Brussels Airport.

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Book your Basel to Brussels train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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Book your Basel to Brussels bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Busbud.

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There are 1291+ hotels available in Brussels. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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

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The best way to get from Basel to Basel Airport is to line 50 bus which takes 8 min and costs SFr 2 - SFr 4.

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