How to travel from Zurich to Basel

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Travel Information to Basel from Zurich

distanceDistance47 miles (76 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$23 - $46
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $23 (€20) • 54 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $23 (€20) • 54 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBlaBlaCar or SBB

Travel 47 miles (76 km) by train or bus between Zurich and Basel. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are BlaBlaCar or SBB among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Zurich to Basel.

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from Zurich to Basel

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

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The best way to travel from Zurich to Basel is by taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

SBB
08:59AM0h54
Zürich Hbf
09:53AMBasel SBB
$351One-way
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Cheapest
SBB
08:59AM0h54
Zürich Hbf
09:53AMBasel SBB
$351One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
SBB
08:59AM0h54
Zürich Hbf
09:53AMBasel SBB
$351One-way
0 transfers
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SBB
08:34AM0h54
Zürich Hbf
09:28AMBasel SBB
$351One-way
0 transfers
SBB
08:10AM1h14
Zürich Hbf
09:24AMBasel SBB
$351One-way
0 transfers
SBB
08:36AM1h14
Zürich Hbf
09:50AMBasel SBB
$351One-way
0 transfers

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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.

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Travel to Basel from Zurich on BlaBlaCar Bus and SBB travel with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

SBB is Switzerland's main train company and for your next travel trip from Zurich to Basel, SBB offers these ticket types: Round-trip Standard Ticket or First Class.

    BlaBlaCar Bus (formerly known as Ouibus or iDBUS) is a popular French travel company from France operating long-distance services in 10 countries in Europe and connecting over 300 destinations. It is a subsidiary of the French carpooling service, BlaBlaCar. Standard amenities on BlaBlaCar Bus include toilets, air conditioning, USB and power outlets for charging phones, tablets and laptops during long travel journeys, extra legroom and adjustable seats. There is also free Wi-Fi available on select routes. The only ticket type from BlaBlaCar Bus is the Standard ticket, which allows each traveler to bring one carry-on bag and up to two checked bags.

      FAQs: Travel from Zurich to Basel

      FAQs: 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.
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      You can get between Zurich and Basel 2 different ways: train or bus.

      The cheapest way to go to Basel from Zurich is by taking a train, which costs on average $23 (€20).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from Zurich to Basel:

      A train is $23 (€20) less than a bus for this route with tickets for a bus from Zurich to Basel costing on average $46 (€40).

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

      There are alternative travel options to Basel that take longer:

      Taking a bus requires on average 1 h 40 min of travel time.

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

      The average frequency per day from Zurich to Basel is:

      • 7 buses a day.
      • Around 4 trains per day.

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

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

      • Trains from Zurich to Basel most often leave from Zürich Hbf 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 travel between Zurich and Basel by bus with BlaBlaCar, BlaBlaCar Bus or FlixBus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $9 (€8) with BlaBlaCar Bus from Zurich to Basel.
      • You can go to Basel from Zurich by train with SBB, SNCF | TGV Lyria or Deutsche Bahn. You'll see cheap train tickets for $23 (€20) with SBB from Zurich to Basel on Omio.

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

      • Direct buses with BlaBlaCar Bus or FlixBus with 7 direct buses per day.
      • Direct train available with SBB or Deutsche Bahn 4 direct trains per day.

      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 from Zurich to Basel.

      Many of our customers traveling from Zurich to Basel don't make Basel their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Basel are Paris, Milan, Strasbourg or Amsterdam, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Basel to any of these top destinations today!
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