There are 3 ways to get from Basel to Lake Maggiore by bus, car, train or plane

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Bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Lugano Sud

$32 - $37

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Lake Maggiore 181.4 miles

$40 - $65

Train, fly  •  4 h 7 min

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

$116 - $300

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The distance between Basel and Lake Maggiore is 192 km. The road distance is 290.3 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 55 min to get from Basel to Lake Maggiore, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Lake Maggiore is 290 km. It takes approximately 3 h 18 min to drive from Basel to Lake Maggiore.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 2867+ hotels available in Lake Maggiore. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Lake Maggiore.
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  • Distance: 120.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 55 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Lake Maggiore, Italy?

Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Basel to Lake Maggiore once a week. Tickets cost $25 and the journey takes 5 h.

Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
0975 343195
Bus from Basel to Lugano Sud
Ave. Duration
5 h
Once a week
Estimated price
Schedules at

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