How to get from Zürich to Basel

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  53 min

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

$30 - $60

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 17 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Basel 53.4 miles

$6

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Basel

$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

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, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Zürich to Basel once a week. Tickets cost $10 and the journey takes 2 h.

Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
Night train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.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
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
$10
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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

Want to know more about travelling around Switzerland

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

Questions & Answers

The distance between Zürich and Basel is 76 km. The road distance is 86 km.

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

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

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

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zürich and arriving at Basel. Services depart once a week, and operate Tuesday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 2 h.

The train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB takes 53 min including transfers and departs hourly.