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

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Train, line 3 train  •  2 h 51 min

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

$79 - $140

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Bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneva - Bus station to Basel City Center Ouibus

$13 - $19

4 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 54 min

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

$81 - $142

Rideshare  •  3 h 12 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Genève to Basel 158.3 miles

$23

Drive  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Basel 158.4 miles

$30 - $50

Fly, train  •  3 h 29 min

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

$100 - $228

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Geneva - Bus station station and arriving at Basel City Center. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 30 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 51 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 and line 3 train which takes 2 h 51 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 51 min to get from Geneva to Basel, including transfers.

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Geneva to Basel bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Geneva - Bus station.

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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 best way to get from Geneva to Basel is to train and line 3 train which takes 2 h 51 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 30 min.

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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 bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Basel City Center station.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Basel.
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  • Distance: 116.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 51 min

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

You can take a train from Geneva to Basel via Olten in around 2 h 51 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Geneva to Basel 3 times a week. Tickets cost $13 - $19 and the journey takes 5 h 30 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
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Olten to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
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
$28 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
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
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Geneva - Bus station to Basel City Center
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
Ouibus
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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Geneva 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 to Basel is 253 km. It takes approximately 2 h 34 min to drive from Geneva to Basel.

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

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Book your Geneva to Basel bus tickets online with Distribusion.

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There are 499+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at $70 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 1 train which takes 7 min and costs .

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