There are 8 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Basel by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Bad Bf Ice / ...

$55 - $110

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Bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Basel, Basel central station 107 / ...

$21 - $35

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Train TGV  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mulhouse Ville Tgv

$81 - $95

Night train  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Take the night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Basel Bad Bf Nj / ...

$30 - $110

Rideshare  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Basel 209.9 miles

$26

Drive  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Basel 205.7 miles

$40 - $65

Fly to Basel  •  2 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL

$84 - $290

Fly to Zurich, train  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB

$129 - $356

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Basel is to rideshare which costs 22€ and takes 4 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Basel is to fly which costs 70€ - 250€ and takes 2 h 11 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Basel, Basel central station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Basel Bad Bf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 48 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Basel is 296 km. The road distance is 329.1 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Basel without a car is to train which takes 2 h 48 min and costs 45€ - 95€.

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Bad Bf takes 2 h 48 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Frankfurt am Main to Basel bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Basel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Basel is to train which takes 2 h 48 min and costs 45€ - 95€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 17€ - 30€ and takes 5 h 35 min, you could also fly, which costs 70€ - 250€ and takes 2 h 11 min.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Basel.
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  • Distance: 184.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 48 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Basel, Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt am Main to Basel hourly. Tickets cost $70 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 48 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Basel every 4 hours. Tickets cost $21 - $35 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Train operators
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
bahn.de
Night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
3 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
bahn.de
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $130
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Basel Badischer Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
nightjet.com
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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Basel, Basel central station
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Basel bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel, Basel central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Basel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Basel Bad Bf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Basel is 329 km. It takes approximately 2 h 55 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Basel.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Basel train tickets online with Loco2.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Basel bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 505+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Frankfurt am Main and Basel. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 9€ - 14€.

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