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There are 4 ways to get from Basel to Locarno by train or car

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Train  •  3h 11m

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

$75 - $140

3 alternative options

Train via Bellinzona  •  3h 26m

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

$79 - $139

Train via Iselle di Trasquera  •  5h 32m

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

$79 - $142

Drive  •  2h 57m

  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 drive which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 2h 57m.

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

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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 3h 11m.

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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 3h 11m and costs SFr 75 - SFr 140.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Locarno is 266 km. It takes approximately 2h 57m to drive from Basel to Locarno.

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There are 1673+ hotels available in Locarno. Prices start at $77 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 112.6 miles
  • Duration: 3h 11m

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 3h 11m.

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
3h 11m
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
2h 43m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Iselle transito
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $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
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com

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