There are 9 ways to get from Milan to Basel by train, bus, rideshare, 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  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB Eurocity / ...

$85 - $150

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Rideshare  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Basel 216.1 miles

$22 - $24

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Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Basel, Basel central station N524 / ...

$23 - $42

Bus Eurolines CH  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Milan Lampugnano Station to Basel

$32 - $47

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Milan to Basel 216 miles

$50 - $75

Fly Milan Malpensa to Zurich, train  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB

$123 - $356

Fly Milan Linate to Basel  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Basel (BSL) LIN - BSL

$85 - $336

Train to Lugano, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
  2. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB

$139 - $348

Fly Milan Malpensa to Basel  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Basel (BSL) MXP - BSL

$61 - $230

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Basel station. However, there are services departing from via orefici p.za cordusio and arriving at Basel, Basel central station via Milan, Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Basel SBB. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 6 min.

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The distance between Milan and Basel is 264 km. The road distance is 345.6 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Basel without a car is to train which takes 4 h 6 min and costs .

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The train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB takes 4 h 6 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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Milan to Basel train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Basel is to train which takes 4 h 6 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 30 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 5 h 53 min.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Milan to Basel.
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  • Distance: 164.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 6 min

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

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Milan to Basel every 4 hours. Tickets cost $85 - $150 and the journey takes 4 h 6 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan to Basel 5 times a day. Tickets cost $21 - $40 and the journey takes 5 h 10 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Olbia
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $340
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $340
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Prague
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Naples
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $440
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Basel via Budapest
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Train operators
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
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 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
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan, Milan to Basel, Basel central station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Milan Lampugnano Station to Basel
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
eurolines.ch
Globtour
Website
globtour.com
Bus from Mailand Lampugnano to Basel Station Sbb
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
globtour.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Milan to Basel
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $24
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Milan to Basel train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Basel SBB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Basel is 346 km. It takes approximately 3 h 42 min to drive from Milan to Basel.

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Swiss offers flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport.

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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 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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The best way to get from Milan to Milan Malpensa Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs .

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