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

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Train  •  4h 46m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB Ec

SFr 75 - SFr 180

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Rideshare  •  4h 16m

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Basel 338.1 km

SFr 21 - SFr 23

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Train via Lugano  •  5h 9m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Basel SBB Ic21 / ...

SFr 99 - SFr 182

Bus  •  6h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Milan to Basel SBB N11

SFr 22 - SFr 27

Bus via Como  •  9h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Como Grandate to Basel

SFr 21 - SFr 30

Drive  •  3h 37m

  1. Drive from Milan to Basel 338 km

SFr 45 - SFr 70

Italy → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Italy

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

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Tuscany and Veneto in Italy
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
Austria: Burgenland, Kärnten, Niederösterreich, Oberösterreich, Salzburg, Steiermark, Wien
France: Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Paris, Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Germany: Saxony, Thuringia
Italy: Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Tuscany, Veneto

This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Armenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Turkey, Canada, India, Argentina, Cabo Verde, Egypt, Mexico and Qatar
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Considerations leaving from Italy

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

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Italy.

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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 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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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 2 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 Italy from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 2 May 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Basel is to rideshare which costs 19€ - 21€ and takes 4h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Basel is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3h 37m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Basel. However, there are services departing from via orefici, 24 fronte via cantu' and arriving at Basel SBB via Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 44m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Basel SBB. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 46m.

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The distance between Milan and Basel is 264 km. The road distance is 338 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Basel without a car is to train which takes 4h 46m and costs 70€ - 170€.

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The train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB takes 4h 46m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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

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Milan to Basel train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Basel is to train which takes 4h 46m and costs 70€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 20€ - 25€ and takes 6h 44m.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Basel.
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  • Distance: 263.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 46m

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Basel, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB once daily. Tickets cost SFr 100 - SFr 180 and the journey takes 4h 46m. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan to Basel SBB 5 times a week. Tickets cost SFr 20 - SFr 25 and the journey takes 5h 25m.

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 Milano Centrale to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 180
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Milano Centrale to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 180
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 75 - SFr 110
1st Class
SFr 130 - SFr 180
Bus operators
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Como Grandate to Basel
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 25
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Milan to Basel
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 23
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Milan to Basel bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel SBB station.

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Milan 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 Milan to Basel is 338 km. It takes approximately 3h 37m to drive from Milan to Basel.

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There are 310+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Milan and Basel. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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