The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Paris to Basel is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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Of the 19 trains that leave Paris for Basel every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||255 miles (412 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 4 min|
|Average train ticket price||$30 (€26)|
|Train frequency||9 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 5 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV, SNCF | TGV Lyria, SNCF | TGV INOUI, SNCF | TGV, Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCF | TGV Lyria, SNCF | ICE or Deutsche Bahn|
Trains from Paris to Basel cover the 255 miles (412 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 4 min with our travel partners like SNCF | TER, SNCF | TGV, SNCF | TGV Lyria, SNCF | TGV INOUI, SNCF | TGV, Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCF | TGV Lyria, SNCF | ICE or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 9 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $30 (€26), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $1 (€1). Travelers depart most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Basel SBB.
You can travel by train to Basel from Paris with Deutsche Bahn. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train to Basel from Paris. DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
Deutsche Bahn from Paris to Basel train information:
Travelers heading to Switzerland on business or a scenic city break from Paris can take frequent direct trains from Gare De Lyon to Basel. There are daily direct trains on the trip south-east from Paris, taking around three hours to reach Basel. Departure times include morning, afternoon and early evening services. There are also indirect connections available with one change of train en route
French state rail company SNCF provides all daily direct trains from Paris Ge De Lyon to Basel on its high-speed TGV Lyria services. Indirect connections use Deutsche Bahn or SNCF TGV InOui departures from Paris Gare De L'Est, changing at Karlsruhe or Strasbourg.
SNCF's direct TGV Lyria services from Paris offer the fastest connections on this route, taking three hours and three minutes to complete the 290-mile journey to Basel. The fastest indirect connection is the SNCF TGV InOui express from Gare De L'Est via Strasbourg, taking three hours and 17 minutes .
SNCF's TGV Lyria timetable offers six daily departures from Paris to Basel from Monday-Saturday and five trains on Sundays. Departure times include two morning trains, three afternoon connections and one evening service, except Sundays when there is no early morning service. There are also numerous indirect connections to Basel daily, using a wide range of routes and rail companies.
Departure train station: Trains depart from either Paris Gare De Lyon or Gare De L'Est. Gare De Lyon is close to the Seine on the eastern side of central Paris, with connections on Metro lines 1 and 14 and RER lines A and D. Gare De L'Est is also on the east side of the city center, served by Metro lines 4, 5 and 7 and RER line B. Both stations offer gift stores, supermarkets, cafes, luggage lockers, and taxi stands.
Arrival train station: Trains arrive at Basel SBB. Located close to the city center, the international SBB station has connections around the city on train lines S1 and S3. Facilities include a shopping mall, pharmacy, luggage lockers, and car rental desks.
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Travel by train between Paris, France and Basel, Switzerland is: Unrestricted.
International entry is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of France
The government of Switzerland has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
The above information was last checked on 11/6/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train from Paris to Basel closer to your date of departure here
The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Basel to Paris is: Unrestricted
Reentry to France is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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The government of France has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 11/6/22. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your train to Paris from Basel here.
There are a few train stations in Paris to start your journey from including Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est. In Basel you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Basel SBB, Basel Bad Bhf and Basel, Birmannsgasse.
Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Basel SBB.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon, which is located around 1.7 miles (2.7 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Basel SBB, located 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city center.
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