There are 8 ways to get from Basel to Rotterdam by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Basel to Amsterdam, train  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Amsterdam (AMS) BSL - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$49 - $224

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Train to Zurich, fly to Amsterdam, train  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Amsterdam (AMS) ZRH - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$88 - $370

Fly Basel to Brussels, train  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Brussels (BRU) BSL - BRU
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal

$89 - $317

Train to Strasbourg, fly to Amsterdam, train  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  2. Fly from Strasbourg (SXB) to Amsterdam (AMS) SXB - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$131 - $500

Train  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Utrecht Centraal ICE International
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal Intercity

$150 - $215

Bus, train  •  11 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Eindhoven 211
  2. Take the train from Eindhoven to Rotterdam Centraal Intercity

$53 - $89

Bus  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Rotterdam

$60 - $80

Drive  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Rotterdam 457.3 miles

$110 - $170

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Rotterdam is to bus which costs SFr 55 - SFr 75 and takes 12 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Rotterdam is to fly and train which costs SFr 45 - SFr 220 and takes 4 h 8 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel and arriving at Rotterdam. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Rotterdam Centraal via Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 4 min.

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The distance between Basel and Rotterdam is 534 km. The road distance is 731.7 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 7 h 4 min and costs SFr 140 - SFr 210.

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It takes approximately 4 h 8 min to get from Basel to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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Basel to Rotterdam bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Basel station.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Rotterdam.
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  • Distance: 333.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 8 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Rotterdam, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Basel to Rotterdam via Utrecht Centraal in around 7 h 4 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Basel to Rotterdam 3 times a week. Tickets cost $60 - $80 and the journey takes 12 h 15 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $1,200
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Strasbourg to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $1,200
Flights from Strasbourg to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Basel to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $430
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam via Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Eindhoven to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$20 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $50
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$50 - $65
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel SBB to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $200
Website
bahn.de
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 Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Basel to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Book at
eurolines.ch

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