There are 6 ways to get from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel 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, train  •  2h 20m

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

SFr 113 - SFr 300

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Bus  •  4h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Genėve, Gare Routiėre Place Dorciėre to Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse

SFr 16 - SFr 19

4 alternative options

Train  •  2h 57m

  1. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Olten 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Olten to Basel SBB 3 / ...

SFr 85 - SFr 150

Train via Bern  •  3h 18m

  1. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern 15 / ...
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...

SFr 86 - SFr 155

Bus via Geneva  •  5h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Basel, Basel SBB 122 / ...

SFr 19 - SFr 23

Drive  •  2h 29m

  1. Drive from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel 250.3 km

SFr 30 - SFr 50

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel is to bus which costs SFr 15 - SFr 20 and takes 4h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel is to fly and train which costs SFr 110 - SFr 300 and takes 2h 20m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel. However, there are services departing from Genève, Aéroport and arriving at Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse via Genėve, Gare Routiėre Place Dorciėre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 55m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel. However, there are services departing from Genève-Aéroport and arriving at Basel SBB via Olten. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 57m.

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The distance between Geneva Airport (GVA) and Basel is 185 km. The road distance is 250.3 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel without a car is to train which takes 2h 57m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 150.

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It takes approximately 2h 20m to get from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel, including transfers.

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Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel bus services, operated by Eurobus SK, depart from Genėve, Gare Routiėre Place Dorciėre station.

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Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Genève-Aéroport station.

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The best way to get from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel is to train which takes 2h 57m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 15 - SFr 20 and takes 4h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel.
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  • Distance: 185 km
  • Duration: 2h 20m

What companies run services between Geneva Airport (GVA), Switzerland and Basel, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel via Olten in around 2h 57m. Alternatively, Eurobus SK operates a bus from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel 3 times a week. Tickets cost SFr 12 - SFr 15 and the journey takes 3h 36m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 280
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 300
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 140
Train operators
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)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Olten
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Olten to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 35
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Olten to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 24
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 32 - SFr 37
1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 31
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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 Olten to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 55
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 18 - SFr 25
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 55
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 80
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
1st Class
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Bus operators
Eurobus SK
Phone
+421 55 680 73 06
Email
onlinepredaj@eurobus.sk
Website
eurobus.sk
Bus from Genėve, Gare Routiėre Place Dorciėre to Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 15
Schedules at
eurobus.sk
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Basel, Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 19
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel bus services, operated by Eurobus SK, arrive at Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse station.

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Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Basel SBB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel is 250 km. It takes approximately 2h 29m to drive from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Basel.

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Royal Jordanian, Tunisair and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 632+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at SFr 100 per night.

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Flag of Switzerland Basel, Switzerland

Basel is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. The Basel region culturally extends into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace. Basel was the seat of a Prince-Bishopric since the 11th century, and joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1501. Basel had been a commercial hub since the Renaissance, and it emerged as a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in the 20th century. - Wikipedia

Things to do in Basel

  • Basel Zoo

    Zoo Basel is a non-profit zoo in the city of Basel, Switzerland. Its official name is Zoologischer Garten Basel — or in English: Basel Zoological Garden. Basel residents affectionately call it Zolli. Its main entrance is just outside Basel's downtown strip of Steinen and extends in the Birsig stream valley to Basel's city border with Binningen, Basel-Country.

  • Basel Minster

    The Basel Minster (German: Basler Münster) is one of the main landmarks and tourist attractions of the Swiss city of Basel. It adds definition to the cityscape with its red sandstone architecture and coloured roof tiles, its two slim towers and the cross-shaped intersection of the main roof. The Münster is listed as a heritage site of national significance in Switzerland.

  • Vitra Design Museum

    The Vitra Design Museum is an internationally renowned, privately owned museum for design in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

  • Museums in Basel

    The Basel museums encompass a series of museums in the city of Basel, Switzerland, and the neighboring region. They represent a broad spectrum of collections with a marked concentration in the fine arts and house numerous holdings of international significance. With at least three dozen institutions, not including the local history collections in the surrounding communities, the region offers an extraordinarily high density of museums compared to other metropolitan areas of similar size. They draw some one and a half million visitors annually.

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