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There are 5 ways to get from Gare du Nord to Basel by train, car or plane

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Train via Basel St. Johann

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Basel St. Johann

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Fly to Basel

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Basel (BSL)

Train

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb

Drive

  1. Drive from Gare du Nord to Basel

Fly to Zurich, train

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Zurich (ZRH)
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
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International entry into Switzerland from France

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from France

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from France
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and United Kingdom
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Georgia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from France

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from France.

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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
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Basel is 0041 58 463 00 00.

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

The social distance requirement in Basel is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

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

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 28 Nov 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Gare du Nord to Basel is to drive which costs €65 - €100 and takes 5h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Gare du Nord to Basel is to fly which costs €70 - €250 and takes 4h.

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No, there is no direct train from Gare du Nord to Basel. However, there are services departing from Paris Nord and arriving at Basel St. Johann via Paris Gare de Lyon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 13m.

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The distance between Gare du Nord and Basel is 414 km. The road distance is 573 km.

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The best way to get from Gare du Nord to Basel without a car is to train via Basel St. Johann which takes 4h 13m and costs €80 - €120.

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It takes approximately 4h 13m to get from Gare du Nord to Basel, including transfers.

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Gare du Nord to Basel train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Paris Gare de Lyon station.

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The best way to get from Gare du Nord to Basel is to train via Basel St. Johann which takes 4h 13m and costs €80 - €120. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs €70 - €250 and takes 4h.

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The quickest flight from Paris CDG Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Gare du Nord to Basel train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Basel St. Johann station.

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Map of how to get from Gare du Nord to Basel.
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  • Distance: 413.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 13m

What companies run services between Gare du Nord, Île-de-France, France and Basel, Switzerland?

TGV inOui operates a train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Basel St. Johann once a week. Tickets cost SFr 85 - SFr 120 and the journey takes 2h 59m. Alternatively, Air France and Brussels Airlines fly from Gare du Nord to Basel twice daily.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 300
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 310
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 310
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 380
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 340
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 650
Train operators
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 Paris Gare de Lyon to Basel St. Johann
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 85 - SFr 100
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 120
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 85 - SFr 100
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 120
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 31 - SFr 37
1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 30
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 Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
SBB GmbH

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Yes, the driving distance between Gare du Nord to Basel is 573 km. It takes approximately 5h 21m to drive from Gare du Nord to Basel.

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Brussels Airlines and Air France offer flights from Paris CDG Airport to Basel Airport.

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