There are 7 ways to get from Milan to Basel by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 12m

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

SFr 80 - SFr 190

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Bus  •  5h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Basel, Basel SBB N836 / ...

SFr 20 - SFr 26

5 alternative options

Train via Rho Fieramilano  •  5h 25m

  1. Take the train from Rho-Fiera Milano to Basel Sbb Ec

SFr 82 - SFr 192

Rideshare  •  4h 16m

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Basel 346.1 km

SFr 20 - SFr 22

Drive  •  3h 41m

  1. Drive from Milan to Basel 346.1 km

SFr 50 - SFr 75

Fly Milan Malpensa to Zurich, train  •  4h 8m

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

SFr 110 - SFr 376

Fly Milan Linate to Basel  •  5h 26m

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

SFr 94 - SFr 436

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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 45€ - 70€ and takes 3h 41m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Basel. However, there are services departing from via orefici p.za cordusio and arriving at Basel, Basel SBB via Milan, Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 59m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Basel Sbb. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 12m.

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The distance between Milan and Basel is 264 km. The road distance is 346.1 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Basel without a car is to train which takes 4h 12m and costs 75€ - 180€.

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The train from Milano Centrale to Basel Sbb takes 4h 12m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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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 4h 12m and costs 75€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 19€ - 25€ and takes 5h 59m, you could also fly, which costs 85€ - 410€ and takes 5h 26m.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Basel.
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  • Distance: 263.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 12m

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

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Milano Centrale to Basel Sbb 4 times a day. Tickets cost SFr 80 - SFr 190 and the journey takes 4h 12m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan, Milan to Basel, Basel SBB once daily. Tickets cost SFr 19 - SFr 24 and the journey takes 4h 40m. Marino Autolinee also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 1200
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 1200
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 320
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 1300
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 1100
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 440
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
4h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 190
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 80 - SFr 110
1st Class
SFr 140 - SFr 190
Train from Rho-Fiera Milano to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 190
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 80 - SFr 110
1st Class
SFr 130 - SFr 190
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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 32 - SFr 37
1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 31
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 22
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan, Milan to Basel, Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milan to Basel City Center
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 23
Website
Marino Autolinee
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Milan to Basel
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 22
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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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 SBB station.

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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 3h 41m 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 633+ 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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The best way to get from Milan to Milan Malpensa Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs 11€ - 16€.

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