There are 6 ways to get from Geneva to Basel by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Olten 5 / ...

$82 - $144

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Rideshare  •  3 h 12 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Genève to Basel 158.3 miles

$23

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Train via Biel/Bienne  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Biel/Bienne 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Biel/Bienne to Basel SBB 51

$74 - $133

Bus, train  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Bern, Car-Terminal Neufeld RegioJet
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...

$43 - $82

Drive  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Basel 158.4 miles

$30 - $50

Fly, train  •  3 h 28 min

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

$94 - $228

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Basel is to rideshare which costs SFr 22 and takes 3 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Basel is to drive which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 2 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Basel. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Basel SBB via Olten. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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The distance between Geneva and Basel is 186 km. The road distance is 253.4 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Basel without a car is to train which takes 2 h 40 min and costs SFr 75 - SFr 140.

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It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to get from Geneva to Basel, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Basel is 253 km. It takes approximately 2 h 34 min to drive from Geneva to Basel.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Basel.
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  • Distance: 116.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 40 min

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Basel, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Geneva to Basel hourly. Tickets cost $70 - $130 and the journey takes 2 h 3 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Olten
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Biel/Bienne
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Biel/Bienne to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.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
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
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
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Bern, Car-Terminal Neufeld
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Genève to Basel
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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There are 505+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Geneva 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 Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 15 train which takes 8 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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