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There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to Basel by train, bus, night train, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1h 5m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...

$30 - $60

Cheapest option

Bus  •  1h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Basel, Basel central station K188

$3 - $8

3 alternative options

Night train  •  1h 13m

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB Station Nj 400

$8 - $11

Rideshare  •  1h 17m

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Basel 53.4 miles

$6

Drive  •  1h

  1. Drive from Zürich to Basel 53.6 miles

$11 - $17

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Basel is to bus which costs SFr 3 - SFr 8 and takes 1h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Basel is to drive which costs SFr 11 - SFr 17 and takes 1h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Basel, Basel central station station. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Basel SBB. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 5m.

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The distance between Zürich and Basel is 76 km. The road distance is 85.8 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Basel without a car is to train which takes 1h 5m and costs SFr 30 - SFr 60.

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The train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB takes 1h 5m including transfers and departs every 15 minutes.

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

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Zürich to Basel train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Basel is to train which takes 1h 5m and costs SFr 30 - SFr 60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 3 - SFr 8 and takes 1h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Basel.
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  • Distance: 47.8 miles
  • Duration: 1h 5m

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Basel every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $30 - $60 and the journey takes 1h 5m. inOui TGV also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Basel 5 times a day. Tickets cost $4 - $8 and the journey takes 1h 20m.

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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB Station
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
nightjet.com
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 Zurich to Basel, Basel central station
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Zurich to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Zürich 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 Zürich to Basel is 86 km. It takes approximately 1h to drive from Zürich to Basel.

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Book your Zürich to Basel bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 526+ 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 Zürich and Basel. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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