There are 3 ways to get from Basel to Pilatus by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Luzern K188

$76 - $99

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Train  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...
  2. Take the train from Alpnachstad PB to Pilatus Kulm 164-Y

$48 - $85

1 alternative option

Drive  •  1 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Pilatus 69.9 miles

$14 - $22

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Basel to Pilatus. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Pilatus Kulm via Luzern and Alpnachstad PB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Basel and Pilatus is 82 km. The road distance is 111.9 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Pilatus without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 30 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 30 min to get from Basel to Pilatus, including transfers.

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Basel to Pilatus 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 Pilatus is to bus which takes 2 h 30 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 3 h 10 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Pilatus is 112 km. It takes approximately 1 h 33 min to drive from Basel to Pilatus.

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There are 522+ hotels available in Pilatus. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Pilatus.
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  • Distance: 51.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 30 min

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

FlixBus operates a bus from Basel to Pilatus twice daily. Tickets cost $5 - $10 and the journey takes 1 h 55 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Basel to Pilatus via Luzern, Alpnachstad, and Alpnachstad PB in around 3 h 10 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 Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Alpnachstad PB to Pilatus Kulm
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $16
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 Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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