There are 4 ways to get from Basel to Lausanne by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern 61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Bern to Lausanne 1 / ...

$66 - $116

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Bus  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel City Centre to Lausanne Ouibus

$11 - $16

2 alternative options

Rideshare  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Lausanne 124.6 miles

$15

Drive  •  2 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Lausanne 123.4 miles

$25 - $40

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Lausanne is to bus which costs SFr 11 - SFr 16 and takes 4 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Lausanne is to drive which costs SFr 24 - SFr 40 and takes 2 h 3 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel City Centre and arriving at Lausanne. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Lausanne. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Lausanne via Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 22 min.

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The distance between Basel and Lausanne is 136 km. The road distance is 197.4 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Lausanne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 22 min and costs SFr 60 - SFr 120.

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It takes approximately 2 h 22 min to get from Basel to Lausanne, including transfers.

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Basel to Lausanne bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Basel City Centre station.

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Basel to Lausanne 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 Lausanne is to train which takes 2 h 22 min and costs SFr 60 - SFr 120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 11 - SFr 16 and takes 4 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Lausanne.
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  • Distance: 85 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 22 min

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

You can take a train from Basel to Lausanne via Bern in around 2 h 22 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Basel to Lausanne 3 times a week. Tickets cost $11 - $16 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min.

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
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $50
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 Centre to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $16
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 Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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