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

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  2 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...

$71 - $105

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Bus via Freiburg  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Freiburg 299 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Heidelberg N33 / ...

$14 - $25

5 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Heidelberg Hbf Ic

$55 - $85

Bus  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Heidelberg 107 / ...

$16 - $27

Night train  •  2 h 9 min

  1. Take the night train from Basel Bad Bf to Heidelberg Hbf Nj / ...

$55 - $90

Drive  •  2 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Heidelberg 153.1 miles

$30 - $50

Fly, train  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Frankfurt (FRA) BSL - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf

$106 - $320

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel, Basel central station station and arriving at Heidelberg. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel Bad Bf and arriving at Heidelberg Hbf. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 2 h 37 min.

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The distance between Basel and Heidelberg is 222 km. The road distance is 244.9 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Heidelberg without a car is to train which takes 2 h 29 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 29 min to get from Basel to Heidelberg, including transfers.

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

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Basel to Heidelberg 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 Heidelberg is to train which takes 2 h 29 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 35 min.

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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 Heidelberg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Heidelberg station.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Heidelberg.
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  • Distance: 138.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 29 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Heidelberg, Germany?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Heidelberg hourly. Tickets cost $55 - $90 and the journey takes 2 h. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Basel to Heidelberg via Freiburg in around 4 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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 Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$21 - $25
Standard
$21 - $29
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 Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Basel Badischer Bahnhof to Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
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 Freiburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Heidelberg is 245 km. It takes approximately 2 h 9 min to drive from Basel to Heidelberg.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Book your Basel to Heidelberg train tickets online with Loco2 and Rome2rio.

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Book your Basel to Heidelberg bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 549+ hotels available in Heidelberg. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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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 .

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