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Recommended option

Train  •  6h 41m

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Utrecht Centraal Ice

€110 - €170

Cheapest option

Fly from Basel, train  •  4h 16m

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

€56 - €192

3 alternative options

Train via Wuppertal  •  9h 39m

  1. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Wuppertal Hbf Ec
  2. Take the train from Wuppertal Hbf to Venlo Re
  3. Take the train from Venlo to Utrecht Centraal

€172 - €314

Drive  •  6h 10m

  1. Drive from Basel to Utrecht 704.2 km

€90 - €130

Train to Zurich, fly, train  •  5h 41m

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

€81 - €262

Basel to Utrecht by train

The train journey time between Basel and Utrecht is around 6h 8m and covers a distance of around 703 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 8m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, the Basel to Utrecht train service departs from Basel Bad Bf and arrives in Utrecht Centraal. Typically five trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 8m
Fastest train time:
6h 8m
Train distance:
703 km
Trains per week:
5
Cheapest price:
€110
Carbon emissions:
37 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
15:23
Last train departs at:
15:23

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Basel to Utrecht train schedules

Switzerland → Netherlands
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International entry into Netherlands from Switzerland

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Curaçao, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Netherlands from Switzerland

  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Albania, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States and Vatican
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Albania, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States and Vatican
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Netherlands

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Netherlands is currently allowed from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Utrecht is 1351.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Utrecht is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Utrecht is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Netherlands.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Basel to Utrecht is to fly and train, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 210 and takes 4h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Utrecht is to fly and train which costs SFr 60 - SFr 210 and takes 4h 16m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel Bad Bf and arriving at Utrecht Centraal. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 41m.

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The distance between Basel and Utrecht is 534 km. The road distance is 704.2 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Utrecht without a car is to train which takes 6h 41m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 180.

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The train from Basel Bad Bf to Utrecht Centraal takes 6h 41m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Basel to Utrecht train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Basel Bad Bf station.

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Basel to Utrecht train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Utrecht Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Utrecht is 704 km. It takes approximately 6h 10m to drive from Basel to Utrecht.

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  • Distance: 533.7 km
  • Duration: 6h 41m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Basel Bad Bf to Utrecht Centraal once daily. Tickets cost €110 - €170 and the journey takes 6h 41m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €270
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €340
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €290
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €380
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €360
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €250
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €270
Flights from Zurich to Amsterdam Schiphol via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€120 - €350
Train operators
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 Bad Bf to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€110 - €170
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Basel Sbb to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€150 - €270
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Wuppertal Hbf to Venlo
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Eurobahn
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 Venlo to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €40
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€15 - €22
1st Class
€26 - €40
Train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€8 - €19
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€8 - €12
1st Class
€14 - €19
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 Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€30 - €35
1st Class
€24 - €29
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
€14 - €20
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

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KLM, easyJet and Lufthansa offer flights from Basel Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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There are 127+ hotels available in Utrecht. Prices start at €87 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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