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There are 6 ways to get from Basel to Geneva by train, bus, 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  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Bern to Genève 1 / ...

$76 - $144

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Bus  •  5 h 25 min

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

$13 - $19

4 alternative options

Line 3 train, train  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the line 3 train from Basel SBB to Olten 3 / ...
  2. Take the train from Olten to Genève 5 / ...

$79 - $143

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

Train, fly  •  3 h 38 min

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

$103 - $226

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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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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel City Center and arriving at Geneva - Bus station station. Services depart three times a week, 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 Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 5 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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The best way to get from Basel to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 3 h 5 min and costs SFr 75 - SFr 150.

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It takes approximately 3 h 5 min to get from Basel to Geneva, including transfers.

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Basel to Geneva bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Basel City Center station.

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Basel to Geneva 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 Geneva is to train which takes 3 h 5 min and costs SFr 75 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 13 - SFr 19 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 116.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 5 min

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

You can take a train from Basel to Geneva via Bern in around 3 h 5 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Basel to Geneva 3 times a week. Tickets cost $13 - $19 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
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 Bern
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Olten
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.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 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
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Basel City Center to Geneva - Bus station
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
Ouibus
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 Genève
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$23
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Basel to Geneva bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Geneva - Bus station.

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Basel to Geneva train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Genève station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Geneva is 253 km. It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to drive from Basel to Geneva.

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Royal Jordanian and Swiss offer flights from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 404+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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

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