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

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

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Olten to Genève 5 / ...

$79 - $143

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel City Center to Geneva - Bus station Ouibus

$13 - $19

3 alternative options

Train via Biel/Bienne  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Biel/Bienne 51
  2. Take the train from Biel/Bienne to Genève 5 / ...

$69 - $131

Rideshare  •  3 h 12 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Genève 158.3 miles

$23

Drive  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Geneva 158.3 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Geneva is to bus which costs SFr 13 - SFr 19 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Geneva is to drive which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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The distance between Basel and Geneva is 186 km. The road distance is 253.2 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 14 min to get from Basel to Geneva, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel City Center and arriving at Geneva - Bus station station. Services depart hourly, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Genève via Olten. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 14 min.

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Geneva hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 5 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Basel to Geneva hourly. Tickets cost $13 - $19 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min.

Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Olten to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Biel/Bienne
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Biel/Bienne to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Basel City Center to Geneva - Bus station
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Genève
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$23
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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