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

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Train  •  3 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Como S. Giovanni 6-Y / ...

$80 - $150

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Bus FlixBus  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Como 207

$16 - $30

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Train via Lugano  •  4 h 14 min

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

$89 - $157

Bus Autolinee Ventre  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Chiasso

$30 - $36

Drive  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Como 189.6 miles

$45 - $70

Train, fly to Lugano  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Como S. Giovanni

$133 - $334

Train, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  3. Take the train from Saronno to Como Lago

$124 - $356

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Como is to bus which costs SFr 15 - SFr 30 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Como is to drive which costs SFr 45 - SFr 70 and takes 3 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel, Basel central station station and arriving at Como. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Como S. Giovanni. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 51 min.

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The distance between Basel and Como is 226 km. The road distance is 303.3 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Como without a car is to train which takes 3 h 51 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150.

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The train from Basel SBB to Como S. Giovanni takes 3 h 51 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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

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Basel to Como 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 Como is to train which takes 3 h 51 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 15 - SFr 30 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Como.
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  • Distance: 141.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 51 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Como, Italy?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Como 3 times a day. Tickets cost $80 - $150 and the journey takes 3 h 51 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Basel to Como 5 times a week. Tickets cost $18 - $30 and the journey takes 4 h 40 min. Gruppo Di Maio also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
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 Como S. Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Como S. Giovanni
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

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 Basel Sbb to Como S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Como S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
orario.trenitalia.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 Como
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Basel to Grandate - Stazione
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Basel to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
ventrebus.com

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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

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Basel to Como train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Como S. Giovanni station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Como is 303 km. It takes approximately 3 h 15 min to drive from Basel to Como.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 2435+ hotels available in Como. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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