There are 5 ways to get from Basel to Locarno by train, bus, night train or car

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Train  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Locarno 9-Y

$80 - $150

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Bus  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Bellinzona

$30 - $35

3 alternative options

Train via Bellinzona  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bellinzona 21 / ...

$81 - $144

Night train, train  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the night train from Basel SBB to Domodossola Eurocity
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART Express / ...

$79 - $138

Drive  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Locarno 166.5 miles

$35 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Locarno is to bus which costs SFr 29 - SFr 34 and takes 5 h 39 min.

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

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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.

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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.

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The distance between Basel and Locarno is 180 km. The road distance is 266.4 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Locarno without a car is to train which takes 3 h 11 min and costs SFr 75 - SFr 140.

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

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Basel to Locarno bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, depart from Basel station.

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Basel to Locarno 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 Locarno is to train which takes 3 h 11 min and costs SFr 75 - SFr 140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 29 - SFr 34 and takes 5 h 39 min.

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Basel to Locarno bus services, operated by Autolinee Ventre, arrive at Bellinzona station.

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

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Map of how to get from Basel to Locarno.
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  • Distance: 112.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 11 min

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 $80 - $150 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.

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 Locarno
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Night train from Basel SBB to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia

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 Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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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