There are 8 ways to get from Basel to Milan by train, bus, rideshare, 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  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale Eurocity / ...

$90 - $160

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Milan 218.2 miles

$23

6 alternative options

Bus FlixBus  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Milan, Milan N524 / ...

$23 - $39

Bus Eurolines CH  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Milan Lampugnano Station

$36 - $43

Drive  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Milan 218.2 miles

$50 - $80

Train to Zurich, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP

$119 - $356

Fly Basel to Milan Linate  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Milan Linate (LIN) BSL - LIN

$74 - $347

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano, train  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale

$135 - $353

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Milan is to rideshare which costs SFr 22 and takes 4 h 18 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Basel to Milan is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 75 and takes 3 h 45 min.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Basel station to Milan. However, there are services departing from Basel, Basel central station and arriving at conciliazione m1 via lampugnano m1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 40 min.

More details

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Milano Centrale. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 6 min.

More details

The distance between Basel and Milan is 264 km. The road distance is 349.1 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Basel to Milan without a car is to train which takes 4 h 6 min and costs SFr 85 - SFr 150.

More details

The train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale takes 4 h 6 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

More details

Basel to Milan bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel, Basel central station.

More details

Basel to Milan train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Basel SBB station.

More details

The best way to get from Basel to Milan is to train which takes 4 h 6 min and costs SFr 85 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 22 - SFr 40 and takes 5 h 40 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 70 - SFr 340 and takes 5 h 30 min.

Mode details

The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

Search flights

Basel to Milan bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Milan, Milan station.

More details

Map of how to get from Basel to Milan.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 164.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 6 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Milan, Italy?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Milan 4 times a day. Tickets cost $90 - $160 and the journey takes 4 h 6 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Basel to Milan every 4 hours. Tickets cost $22 - $40 and the journey takes 5 h 10 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Basel to Milan Linate via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Basel to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $360
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Milan Linate via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Basel to Milan Linate via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Basel to Milan Linate via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Basel to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $360
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 Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $160
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 Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

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 Basel Sbb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Basel to Milan Lampugnano Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
eurolines.ch
Globtour
Website
globtour.com
Bus from Basel Station Sbb to Mailand Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
globtour.com
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 Milan
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

Want to know more about travelling around Italy

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.