Find the best trains between Basel and Zurich with Omio's travel partners SBB from $46 (€38). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.
SBB is Switzerland's main train company and for your next train trip between Basel and Zurich, SBB offers these ticket types: Round-trip Standard Ticket or First Class.
It’s easy to book your SBB train ticket to Zurich from Basel online with Omio! Simply check the current SBB train schedules for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route to Zurich from Basel as well as relevant travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap SBB train tickets online. Prices for SBB trains to Zurich from Basel start at $46 (€38) one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 47 miles (76 km). If you search for SBB trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the SBB tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when traveling by train from Basel to Zurich. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Basel to Zurich SBB train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!
SBB's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train to Zurich from Basel are the following:
Every day, 18 trains leave Basel for Zurich, and 13 of these offer direct trips. With the fastest trains, travelers will get to the Zurich within 53 minutes. If they need to save some money on the journey, they can get a train with one or two changes. The travel time will not increase significantly, getting to Zurich within 1 hour 21 minutes. The distance between these two cities is 47 miles.
Travelers can get a train from Basel to Zurich every day of the week. On any single day, expect 18 rides on this route. The first one leaves Basel at about 5:30 a.m., and from this time, a train departs every one or two hours. The final trip starts a few minutes after 11:00 p.m.
The average travel time on this route is 59 minutes. The fastest direct train can complete the trip in just 53 minutes. Only 5 of the 18 rides on the route make trips with one or two changes, and they finish the journeys within 1 hour 21 minutes. Since 13 trains from Basel to Zurich offer direct journeys, travelers should be able to avoid trips that involve transfers.
Departure train station: The trains depart from the Basel SBB Station. This station is 0.4 miles (707 meters) from the city center. With a bus, travelers can get to Basel SBB Station within 5 minutes. The station is an excellent place for shopping, with 50 shops, restaurants, and service outlets.
Arrival train station: The train from Basel to Zurich will arrive at Zurich HB Main Station. The station is right at the heart of the Old Town, so passengers will immediately get access to all the city center's attractions. Within the station, there are luggage lockers, ATMs, and WiFi.
Travelers can get a train from Basel to Zurich from two leading companies: SBB CFF FFS and TGV Lyria. While the latter's trips are often faster and cheaper, both companies provide direct trips.
SBB is among the top rail systems in Europe, highly regarded for its safety rating and quality of service. SBB CFF FFS trains from Basel to Zurich are available every day, and there are always direct trips. On average, the journeys by this company are a little slower than those of TGV Lyria.
This company offers fewer train trips along the Basel-to-Zurich route. Between France and Switzerland, the company runs high-speed trains that reach speeds up to 200 mph. Its trains make the journeys between Basel and Zurich in less than an hour, and it offers only direct trips.
Both TGV Lyria and SBB CFF FFS give the option of traveling in first- or second-class cars. Most people choose second-class cars because of their affordability, but if passengers want to enjoy some extra space, they could consider paying for first-class seats. First-class tickets typically cost about three times as much as second-class ones.
With TGV Lyria, passengers can carry luggage and bikes for free, as long as they are within the required dimensions of 120 cm by 90 cm. Travelers don't need to make a booking for such items. SBB CFF FFS doesn't have an official luggage policy, but it generally allows small luggage and pets. Items can be stored at the end of the coaches, but travelers should keep in mind that this is not the most secure storage space. For small and valuable items, always use the racks above the seats.
With the Omio price comparison tool, travelers will be able to find a cheap train from Basel to Zurich. Consider booking tickets a few weeks before the scheduled trip, to travel at a fraction of the average cost. Travelers may also want to travel in the off-season, as prices tend to drop when fewer people are traveling. Passengers can also save money by using slower trains or going for those with one or two changes, and checking whether it would be cheaper to buy two single tickets or a return.
When departing from Basel, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Basel SBB, Basel Bad Bhf and Basel, Birmannsgasse. When arriving in Zurich, you can end your route in train stations like Zürich HB, Zürich Stadelhofen and Zürich, Central Bus Station.
Omio customers book a train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB most frequently for this route.
The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called Basel SBB, is located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the city center of Basel.
The most popular arrival train station, Zürich HB, is located 0.9 miles (1.5 km) away from the city center of Zurich.
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