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There are 9 ways to get from Basel to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)  •  2 h 50 min

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

$70 - $110

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Rideshare  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Frankfurt 209.7 miles

$18 - $21

7 alternative options

Train inOui TGV  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Tgv

$65 - $75

Bus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 108 / ...

$21 - $40

Night train  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the night train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Süd Nj / ...

$70 - $110

Drive  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Frankfurt am Main 207.3 miles

$40 - $65

Fly from Basel  •  2 h 29 min

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

$84 - $290

Train to Friedrichshafen, fly  •  4 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  2. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Frankfurt (FRA) FDH - FRA

$132 - $374

Train to Zurich, fly  •  4 h 55 min

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

$139 - $354

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Frankfurt am Main is to rideshare which costs SFr 18 - SFr 21 and takes 4 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Frankfurt am Main is to fly which costs SFr 80 - SFr 290 and takes 2 h 29 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel, Basel central station station and arriving at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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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 2 h 50 min.

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The distance between Basel and Frankfurt am Main is 296 km. The road distance is 331.7 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs SFr 70 - SFr 110.

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The train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 2 h 50 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Basel to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel, Basel central station.

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Basel to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Basel Bad Bf station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs SFr 70 - SFr 110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 21 - SFr 40 and takes 6 h 45 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 80 - SFr 290 and takes 2 h 29 min.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Frankfurt am Main.
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  • Distance: 184.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Frankfurt am Main hourly. Tickets cost $70 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Basel to Frankfurt am Main every 3 hours. Tickets cost $21 - $40 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
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 Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Night train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Süd
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
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
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 Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$95 - $130
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Basel Badischer Bahnhof to Frankfurt(Main)Süd
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
nightjet.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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Basel to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Basel to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Frankfurt am Main is 332 km. It takes approximately 2 h 53 min to drive from Basel to Frankfurt am Main.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Book your Basel to Frankfurt am Main train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your Basel to Frankfurt am Main bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 680+ hotels available in Frankfurt am Main. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Basel and Frankfurt am Main. 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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