There are 6 ways to get from Basel to Locarno by train, bus, 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 11 min

  1. 9-Y

$75 - $140

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 39 min

$31 - $35

4 alternative options

Train via Bellinzona  •  3 h 26 min

  1. 21 / ...

$79 - $140

Train via Bellinzona #2  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Ece

$81 - $141

Drive  •  2 h 57 min

  1. 166.5 miles

$35 - $50

Train, fly, line 50 train, line 20 train  •  4 h 51 min

  1. ZRH - LUG

$130 - $343

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Locarno 4 times a week. Tickets cost $75 - $140 and the journey takes 3 h 11 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Basel to Locarno once a week. Tickets cost $23 and the journey takes 4 h 30 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Locarno
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $28
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Locarno
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel SBB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Basel to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
ventrebus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Basel and Locarno is 180 km. The road distance is 266 km.

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Locarno is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 35 and takes 5 h 39 min.

The quickest way to get from Basel to Locarno is to drive which takes 2 h 57 min and costs SFr 30 - SFr 50.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Locarno. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3 h 11 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Basel to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Basel and arriving at Locarno, Via della Pace via Bellinzona, Piazza Orico. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 39 min.

The train from Basel SBB to Locarno takes 3 h 11 min including transfers and departs four times a week.