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There are 11 ways to get from Basel to London by train, bus, bus and ferry, car, car train, car ferry or plane

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Train via Paris  •  6h 43m

  1. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Paris Gare De Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris Nord to London St Pancras Eurostar Eil

£174 - £396

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Fly Basel to London Gatwick, train  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to London Gatwick (LGW) BSL - LGW
  2. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria

£41 - £396

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Train  •  10h 22m

  1. Take the train from Bâle Saint-Jean to Paris-Est Zz_2Y
  2. Take the train from Paris Nord to London St Pancras Eurostar Eil

£227 - £522

Bus  •  16h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Basel SBB to Saarbrücken bus station N11
  2. Take the bus from Saarbrücken Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale routière L40
  3. Take the bus from Luxembourg, Central station CFL - Gare Routière to London, Victoria Green Line Station

Train, bus and ferry  •  19h 15m

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Offenburg Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Offenburg to Karlsruhe Hbf Re
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Karlsruhe to London

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  8h 37m

  1. Drive from Basel to Calais-Fréthun
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
  3. Drive from Folkestone to London

£210 - £246

Drive, car ferry  •  10h 27m

  1. Drive from Basel to Dunkirk
  2. Take the car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover
  3. Drive from Dover to London

£145 - £247

Fly Basel to London City  •  6h 6m

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to London City (LCY) BSL - LCY

£73 - £298

Train to Zurich, fly to London Heathrow  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to London Heathrow (LHR) ZRH - LHR

£59 - £190

Train to Zurich, fly to London City  •  5h 36m

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to London City (LCY) ZRH - LCY

£76 - £280

Train, train to Stuttgart, fly to London Heathrow  •  7h 35m

  1. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
  2. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  3. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to London Heathrow (LHR) STR - LHR

£97 - £393

Basel to London by train

The train journey time between Basel and London is around 8h 57m and covers a distance of around 611 miles. The fastest train normally takes 6h 58m. Operated by TGV inOui, Transilien and Eurostar, the Basel to London train service departs from Basel Sbb and arrives in London St Pancras Eurostar. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Basel to London train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to London is to train and fly which costs SFr 75 - SFr 250 and takes 5h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to London is to fly and train which costs SFr 50 - SFr 550 and takes 4h 18m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Basel to London station. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at London, Victoria Green Line Station via Saarbrücken Hbf and Luxembourg, Central station CFL - Gare Routière. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 21m.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to London. However, there are services departing from Basel Sbb and arriving at London St Pancras Eurostar via Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 43m.

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The distance between Basel and London is 442 miles.

The best way to get from Basel to London without a car is to train via Paris which takes 6h 43m and costs SFr 220 - SFr 550.

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It takes approximately 6h 43m to get from Basel to London, including transfers.

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Basel to London bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Basel SBB station.

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Basel to London train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Basel Sbb station.

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The best way to get from Basel to London is to train via Paris which takes 6h 43m and costs SFr 220 - SFr 550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 16h 21m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 90 - SFr 390 and takes 6h 6m.

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Map of how to get from Basel to London.
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  • Distance: 442.3 miles
  • Duration: 6h 43m

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and London, England?

You can take a train from Basel to London King's Cross via Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Nord in around 6h 43m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Basel to London Victoria via Saarbrücken bus station, Saarbrücken Hbf, and Luxembourg, Central station CFL - Gare Routière in around 16h 21m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to London City via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £390
Flights from Basel to London City via Paris CDG, Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
£140 - £430
Flights from Zurich to London Heathrow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£90 - £250
Flights from Zurich to London City via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£100 - £320
Flights from Stuttgart to London Heathrow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £320
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Basel to London City via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£120 - £490
Flights from Zurich to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£45 - £100
Flights from Zurich to London City
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
£55 - £1,000
Flights from Stuttgart to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£40 - £210
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £190
Flights from Zurich to London City
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£65 - £190
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Stuttgart to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£90 - £440
Flights from Stuttgart to London Heathrow via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£90 - £440
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to London Heathrow via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
£100 - £220
Flights from Stuttgart to London Heathrow via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £210
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £260
Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Basel Sbb to Paris Gare De Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£70 - £95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
£70 - £85
1st Class
£80 - £95
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£21 - £30
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
£26 - £30
1st Class
£21 - £25
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£20 - £29
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
£25 - £29
1st Class
£20 - £24
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Bâle Saint-Jean to Paris-Est
Ave. Duration
6h 44m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
£120 - £230
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£25 - £45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£45 - £90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Phone
0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Offenburg
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Schedules at
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Offenburg to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Schedules at
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£131
Website
Eurotunnel
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£20 - £28
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£19 - £27
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£12 - £18
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£45 - £65
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Go Ahead BW
Phone
+49 711 400 534 44
Website
go-ahead-bw.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Go Ahead BW
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £11
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel SBB to Saarbrücken bus station
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£13 - £16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
Phone
+352 24 89 24 89
Website
cfl.lu
Bus from Saarbrücken Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale routière
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Website
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Luxembourg, Central station CFL - Gare Routière to London, Victoria Green Line Station
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£14 - £20
Website
RegioJet
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Karlsruhe to London
Ave. Duration
15h 53m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
£27 - £40
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£65 - £130
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
£65 - £130
Standard Car - Flexi
£110 - £150

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There is no direct flight from Basel Airport to London City Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 30m and has one stopover.

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Basel to London bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at London, Victoria Green Line Station.

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London is 1h behind Basel. It is currently 8:22 PM in Basel and 7:22 PM in London.

Basel to London train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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Air France, Eurowings, easyJet and two other airlines offer flights from Basel Airport to London City Airport.

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There are 4347+ hotels available in London. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Basel to Basel Airport is to line 50 bus which takes 9 min and costs SFr 2 - SFr 4.

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