How to travel from Zurich to Basel

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from Zurich to Basel

You can get from Zurich to Basel by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Zurich to Basel on Dec 06 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:36AMZürich HB1h14 09:50AMBasel SBB
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08:36AMZürich HB1h14 09:50AMBasel SBB
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08:59AMZürich HB0h54 09:53AMBasel SBB
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08:34AMZürich HB0h54 09:28AMBasel SBB
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08:08AMZürich HB1h05 09:13AMBasel SBB
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Travel Information to Basel from Zurich

distanceDistance47 miles (76 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$40 - $41
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $40 (€36) • 54 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $40 (€36) • 54 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSBB or SBB

Travel 47 miles (76 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train to Basel from Zurich. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 54 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $40 (€36). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are SBB or SBB among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Zurich to Basel.

Travel from Zurich to Basel: Journey Details

If you want to travel from Zurich to Basel, flying is out of the question. These two Swiss cities are a short distance apart, and there are no scheduled flights. Instead, you can take an express train straight to the heart of Basel or take an affordable bus via Basel EuroAirport. Either way, you will be at your destination in less than 2 hours, making Basel a great day trip destination if you are staying in Zurich.

Return trips from Basel to Zurich are also available.

How to get from Zürich to Basel

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Zürich to Basel, 100,00% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Zürich to Basel and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Buses from Zurich to Basel

Travelers cannot catch a bus straight from Zurich to Basel's city center. However, it's still easy to reach Basel via bus. Flixbus operates a daily service from Zurich to Basel EuroAirport, which isn't far from the city itself. Four buses leave Zurich every day, with the first bus leaving at 11:00 a.m. and the last service departing at 11:00 p.m. The journey takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. When you get to the airport in Basel, shuttle buses can take you into town and take 20 minutes to reach Basel SBB (the main train station).

Trains from Zurich to Basel

Taking the train is the easiest and fastest way to get from Zurich to Basel's city center. SBB runs a direct daily train from Zurich to Basel, with the first train leaving Zurich Hauptbahnhof at 6:00 a.m. After that, there are trains every hour until 11:45 p.m. The journey takes 53 minutes, and no changes are required at any stage. All trains get into Basel SBB, which is right at the heart of the city, a few minutes' walk from Basel Zoo and hotels in the Altstadt district.

Travel Tips: Travel from Zurich to Basel

Travel Tips: Travel to Basel easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Zurich to Basel.

There are 4 ways that you can travel between Zurich and Basel. You can take a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Basel from Zurich is by taking a train, which costs on average $40 (€36).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Basel:

A train is $1 (€1) less than a bus for this route with tickets for a bus from Zurich to Basel costing on average $41 (€37).

The fastest way to get to Basel from Zurich is by train with an average travel time of 54 min.

Other travel options to Basel can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Basel by bus can take on average 1 h 40 min.

The distance is approximately 47 miles (76 km) from Zurich to Basel.

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Basel is:

  • Around 7 buses per day.
  • Around 75 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Basel from Zurich as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Zurich to Basel:

  • Buses from Zurich to Basel most often leave from Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) and arrive in Basel, Bahnhof.
  • Trains from Zurich to Basel most often leave from Zürich HB and arrive in Basel SBB.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Zurich to Basel:

  • You can take a bus from Zurich to Basel with SBB. Cheap tickets can be found for $41 (€37) with SBB from Zurich to Basel.
  • You can go to Basel from Zurich by train with SBB. You'll see cheap train tickets for $40 (€36) with SBB from Zurich to Basel on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available from Zurich to Basel with the following travel companies:

  • You can find around 7 direct buses per day and travel with BlaBlaCar.
  • You'll find 74 direct trains per day with SBB.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Basel as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Basel from Zurich.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Zurich to Basel often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, Milan or Strasbourg. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Zurich and Basel itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Basel and any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Zurich to Basel, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket costs $41 (€37) one way on average for this trip.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $40 (€36) one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Zurich to Basel tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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