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

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Train  •  53 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 3 / ...

$30 - $60

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Rideshare  •  1 h 17 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Basel 53.4 miles

$6

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 10 min

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

$6 - $10

Night train  •  1 h 13 min

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

$8 - $11

Drive  •  1 h

  1. Drive from Zürich to Basel 53.6 miles

$11 - $17

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Basel is to rideshare which costs SFr 6 and takes 1 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Basel is to train which costs SFr 30 - SFr 60 and takes 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Basel, Basel central station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Basel SBB. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 53 min.

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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 53 min and costs SFr 30 - SFr 60.

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The train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB takes 53 min including transfers and departs every 30 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 53 min and costs SFr 30 - SFr 60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 5 - SFr 10 and takes 2 h 10 min.

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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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Map of how to get from Zürich to Basel.
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  • Distance: 47.8 miles
  • Duration: 53 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Basel hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $60 and the journey takes 53 min. TGV also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Basel twice daily. Tickets cost $6 - $10 and the journey takes 2 h 10 min. Autolinee Ventre also services this route once a week.

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
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
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
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Zürich to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
ventrebus.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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Zurich to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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