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There are 8 ways to get from Lyon to Basel by train, bus, car or plane

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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Train inOui TGV  •  3 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Basel SBB Tgv

$85 - $95

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Bus  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Basel, Basel central station 122 / ...

$15 - $95

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Train via Genève  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon-Perrache to Genève 6-Y
  2. Take the train from Genève to Bern 1 / ...
  3. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...

$110 - $192

Drive  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Basel 259.1 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Lyon to Basel  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Basel (BSL) LYS - BSL

$74 - $321

Fly Lyon to Strasbourg, train  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Strasbourg (SXB) LYS - SXB
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB

$99 - $436

Train to Geneva, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 31 min

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

$132 - $274

Fly Lyon to Zurich, train  •  5 h 1 min

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

$111 - $296

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Basel is to bus which costs 13€ - 85€ and takes 7 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Basel is to train which costs 70€ - 85€ and takes 3 h 22 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon, Lyon Perrache and arriving at Basel, Basel central station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Basel SBB. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 22 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Basel is 289 km. The road distance is 414.6 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Basel without a car is to train which takes 3 h 22 min and costs 70€ - 85€.

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The train from Lyon Part Dieu to Basel SBB takes 3 h 22 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Lyon to Basel bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Lyon, Lyon Perrache station.

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Lyon to Basel train services, operated by inOui TGV, depart from Lyon Part Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Basel is to train which takes 3 h 22 min and costs 70€ - 85€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 13€ - 85€ and takes 7 h 25 min, you could also fly, which costs 60€ - 280€ and takes 5 h 47 min.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Basel.
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  • Distance: 180.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 22 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Basel, Switzerland?

inOui TGV operates a train from Lyon to Basel once daily. Tickets cost $85 - $95 and the journey takes 3 h 22 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lyon to Basel twice daily. Tickets cost $23 - $40 and the journey takes 7 h 25 min. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Nantes
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Venice
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Lyon to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $410
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $460
Flights from Lyon to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Lyon to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $410
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $370
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lyon to Basel via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Train operators
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $95
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $95
1st Class
$110 - $170
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon-Perrache to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
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 Lyon-Perrache to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $100
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 Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Basel, Basel central station
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon Gare de Perrache to Basel
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Book at
eurolines.ch
InterNorte
Phone
707 200 512
Website
internorte.pt
Bus from Lyon Gare Perrache to Basel
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
internorte.pt
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lyon to Basel
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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 Lyon Gare Perrache to Basel City Center
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
Ouibus

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There is no direct flight from Lyon Airport to Basel Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Lyon to Basel bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel, Basel central station.

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Lyon to Basel train services, operated by inOui TGV, arrive at Basel SBB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Basel is 415 km. It takes approximately 3 h 48 min to drive from Lyon to Basel.

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Brussels Airlines, Iberia, Air France and three other airlines offer flights from Lyon Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 506+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29 min and costs 9€ - 15€.

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