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There are 6 ways to get from Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 44m

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

90€ - 160€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Lörrach central train station to Frankfurt central train station 476

18€ - 22€

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  4h 58m

  1. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg Ter
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg Boulevard de Metz to Frankfurt Flughafen T1 Lufthansa Express Bus

Drive  •  2h 45m

  1. Drive from Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 330.3 km

35€ - 55€

Train to Zurich, fly  •  4h 46m

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

79€ - 438€

Fly from Basel  •  3h 26m

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Frankfurt (FRA) BSL - FRA

80€ - 348€

Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by train

The train journey time between Basel and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is around 2h 47m and covers a distance of around 326 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 38m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), the Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train service departs from Basel Bad Bf and arrives in Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Typically 106 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to bus which costs SFr 20 - SFr 25 and takes 5h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train which costs SFr 100 - SFr 180 and takes 2h 44m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel Bad Bf and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 44m.

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The distance between Basel and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 294 km. The road distance is 330.3 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) without a car is to train which takes 2h 44m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 180.

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The train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 2h 44m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Basel Bad Bf station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train which takes 2h 44m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 180. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 20 - SFr 25 and takes 5h 56m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 85 - SFr 390 and takes 3h 26m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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  • Distance: 294.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 44m

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level), Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 60€ - 85€ and the journey takes 2h 44m. Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lörrach central train station to Frankfurt central train station 5 times a week. Tickets cost 18€ - 22€ and the journey takes 4h 40m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 650€
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
75€ - 300€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 650€
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
75€ - 300€
Train operators
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 Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
90€ - 160€
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Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
29€ - 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 Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
30€ - 35€
1st Class
24€ - 29€
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
Lufthansa Express Bus
Phone
+49 (0)89-32304-0
Email
info@airportbus-muenchen.de
Website
airportbus-muenchen.de
Bus from Strasbourg Boulevard de Metz to Frankfurt Flughafen T1
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Lufthansa Express Bus
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 Lörrach central train station to Frankfurt central train station
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
18€ - 22€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 330 km. It takes approximately 2h 45m to drive from Basel to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).

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