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There are 10 ways to get from Brussels to Basel by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Paris

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris l'Est to Strasbourg
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Brussels-North train station to Basel SBB

Train

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Strasbourg
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb

Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Central to Luxembourg
  2. Take the bus from Luxembourg P&R Gasperich/Howald to Basel Meret Oppenheim Strasse SBB Station

Drive

  1. Drive from Brussels to Basel

Fly Brussels to Basel

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Basel (BSL)

Fly Brussels to Zurich, train

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Zurich (ZRH)
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Basel

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Basel (BSL)

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL)

Train to Luxembourg, fly to Zurich, train

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Luxembourg to Luxembourg
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Zurich (ZRH)
  3. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb

Brussels to Basel by train and walk

The journey time between Brussels and Basel is around 5h 24m and covers a distance of around 888 km. This includes an average layover time of around 47 min. Operated by Thalys, TGV inOui, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Brussels to Basel service departs from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arrives in Basel Sbb. Typically 182 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

182 Weekly Services
5h 24m Average Duration
SFr 224 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Basel is to bus which costs €26 - €35 and takes 8h 30m.

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The fastest way to get from Brussels to Basel is to fly and train which takes 4h 32m and costs €110 - €430.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brussels-North train station station and arriving at Basel SBB. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels to Basel. However, there are services departing from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arriving at Basel Sbb via Paris l'Est and Strasbourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 24m.

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The distance between Brussels and Basel is 435 km. The road distance is 537.7 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Basel without a car is to train via Paris which takes 5h 24m and costs €220 - €450.

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It takes approximately 5h 24m to get from Brussels to Basel, including transfers.

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Brussels to Basel bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Brussels-North train station.

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Brussels to Basel train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Basel is to train via Paris which takes 5h 24m and costs €220 - €450. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €26 - €35 and takes 8h 30m, you could also fly, which costs €75 - €290 and takes 5h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Brussels to Basel.
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  • Distance: 434.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 24m

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Basel, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Brussels to Basel via Paris Nord, Paris l'Est, and Strasbourg in around 5h 24m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels-North train station to Basel SBB 4 times a day. Tickets cost SFr 26 - SFr 35 and the journey takes 8h 30m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 500
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 480
Flights from Brussels to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 750
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 600
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 700
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 600
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 750
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 800
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Nice
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 400
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 330
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 900
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 650
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 160
Website
Thalys
Standard
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Comfort
SFr 90 - SFr 120
Premium
SFr 110 - SFr 160
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 120
Website
Thalys
Standard
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Comfort
SFr 70 - SFr 95
Premium
SFr 85 - SFr 120
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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Paris l'Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 70 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 75 - SFr 95
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 150
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 100 - SFr 130
1st Class
SFr 120 - SFr 150
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 29 - SFr 34
1st Class
SFr 24 - SFr 29
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 Paris Est to Strasbourg Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 23 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 95
Website
Deutsche Bahn
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris l'Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Rail 1st Class
SFr 65 - SFr 95
Train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 17 - SFr 26
Rail 1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 40
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 Paris-Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 240
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Bruxelles-Central to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 28
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 28
1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 70
Train from Bruxelles-Luxembourg to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 27
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 27
1st Class
SFr 29 - SFr 45
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels-North train station to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Luxembourg P&R Gasperich/Howald to Basel Meret Oppenheim Strasse SBB Station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
Marino Autolinee

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There is no direct flight from Brussels Airport to Basel Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h and has one stopover.

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

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Brussels to Basel train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Basel Sbb station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Basel is 538 km. It takes approximately 5h 23m to drive from Brussels to Basel.

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Austrian Airlines, easyJet, Brussels Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Brussels Airport to Basel Airport.

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Book your Brussels to Basel train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Brussels to Basel bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 134+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Brussels Airport is to train which takes 12 min and costs €8 - €10.

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