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Cheap train tickets from Zurich to Basel

Showing times and prices for 24 Apr

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The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Zurich to Basel is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

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SBB
07:101h14
Zürich Hbf
08:24Basel SBB
£281One-way
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SBB
07:340h54
Zürich Hbf
08:28Basel SBB
£281One-way
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SBB
08:361h14
Zürich Hbf
09:50Basel SBB
£281One-way
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SBB
08:590h54
Zürich Hbf
09:53Basel SBB
£281One-way
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SBB
09:081h05
Zürich Hbf
10:13Basel SBB
£281One-way
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Train timetableZurich to Basel

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 April
SBB
07:081h05
Zürich Hbf
08:13Basel SBB
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SBB
07:101h14
Zürich Hbf
08:24Basel SBB
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SBB
07:340h54
Zürich Hbf
08:28Basel SBB
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SBB
07:361h14
Zürich Hbf
08:50Basel SBB
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SBB
07:590h54
Zürich Hbf
08:53Basel SBB
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SBB
08:081h05
Zürich Hbf
09:13Basel SBB
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SBB
08:340h54
Zürich Hbf
09:28Basel SBB
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SBB
08:361h14
Zürich Hbf
09:50Basel SBB
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SBB
08:590h54
Zürich Hbf
09:53Basel SBB
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SBB
09:081h05
Zürich Hbf
10:13Basel SBB
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Train times from Zurich to Basel

Showing times and prices for 24 Apr

Fastest Journey

54 m

Average

1 h 3 m

Trains per day

10

Distance

76 km

Of the 10 trains that leave Zurich for Basel every day 10 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
SBB
07:340h54
Zürich Hbf
08:28Basel SBB
£281One-way
0 changes
Fastest
SBB
08:590h54
Zürich Hbf
09:53Basel SBB
£281One-way
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Fastest
SBB
07:590h54
Zürich Hbf
08:53Basel SBB
£281One-way
0 changes
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SBB
08:340h54
Zürich Hbf
09:28Basel SBB
£281One-way
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07:081h05
Zürich Hbf
08:13Basel SBB
£391One-way
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ReviewsReviews for the rail journey from Zurich to Basel

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IconThe announcements in our car were a bit quiet .
The space was OK, the train was not so crowded and the journey was pleasant. The toilets were clean and the wifi reception worked reasonably well. The train staff were polite and courteous. The food on offer appealed to me and the coffee was good.
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IconConnection every 20 minutes
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IconGerman ICE not very well maintained
In my opinion, the Zurich - Basel route is one of the best developed. On average, you can choose a connection every 20 minutes. The journey time is between 55 minutes for the slower Interregio trains and 1 hour 15 for Intercity, Eurocity and TGV. Yes, you can actually also use the French TGV. Thanks to the high frequency, the trains are usually only moderately busy and almost never overcrowded. If possible, however, I avoid the German ICE trains, because they are much worse maintained than the Swiss trains.
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On my journey from Zurich to Karlsruhe, I also travelled this section to Basel. There were plenty of power sockets, as you would expect from an ICE. Unfortunately, you can't access the internet via the wifi as long as the train is in Switzerland. That's a shame, especially if you don't have any mobile data there yourself. The seats were comfortable and the train and toilets clean, but unfortunately it was very crowded, especially on this section, and therefore very noisy. However, the train left Zurich on time and arrived in Basel on time. The price-performance ratio is also good, as long as you book in advance and get a saver fare.
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The journey on the ICE offered us spacious seats with sufficient and comfortable legroom. We were satisfied with the wifi reception. The staff were attentive and helpful, the food and drinks are varied and of good quality. We can recommend our journey to others.
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The journey was very pleasant overall and I would like to emphasise the positive aspects: The seats on the SBB trains offer pleasant legroom and are comfortable. The train staff were always friendly and helpful. Questions were answered patiently. The option to reserve a seat ensures that you have your preferred seat and can travel in comfort. The reservation is subject to a charge. It was not necessary on my journey as there were enough free seats. The cleanliness of the train is remarkable. The toilets were always well maintained and there are enough toilets so that you don't have to search for long. SBB trains are known for their reliability. Arrival in Basel was as planned. The cost of the journey was reasonable. You get a comfortable journey at a fair price. The trains have individual power sockets in 1st and 2nd class. This is particularly handy for charging devices. Unfortunately, this SBB train did not have a wifi service on board. This could be a disadvantage for some travellers. Nevertheless, the positives outweigh the negatives and I can highly recommend travelling from Zurich to Basel with SBB!

Overview: Train from Zurich to Basel

distanceDistance47 miles
durationAverage train duration54 min
priceAverage train ticket price£34 (€37)
frequencyTrain frequency4 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 4 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersSBB, SNCF | TGV Lyria or Deutsche Bahn

Trains from Zurich to Basel cover the 47 miles long journey taking on average 54 min with our travel partners like SBB, SNCF | TGV Lyria or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 4 trains operating per day. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £34, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £19. Travellers depart most frequently from Zürich Hbf and arrive in Basel SBB.

Train companies: SBB, SNCF | TGV Lyria and Deutsche Bahn trains Zurich to Basel

Find the best trains between Zurich and Basel with Omio's travel partners SBB, SNCF | TGV Lyria and Deutsche Bahn from £26. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Deutsche Bahn is a German train company that operates trains throughout the country including trains between Zurich and Basel. It offers a wide range of services, including high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains, regional trains, and night trains. ICE trains are the fastest and most comfortable way to travel, with speeds of up to 300 km/h. Regional trains are slower but offer more frequent stops and are ideal for shorter trips. Night trains are a great way to save time and money, with comfortable sleeping compartments and couchettes. Deutsche Bahn offers a variety of ticket types, including single tickets, day tickets, and group tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a variety of food and beverage options. The most popular routes for Deutsche Bahn are between major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Other popular routes include Cologne to Stuttgart, Berlin to Dresden, and Hamburg to Cologne.

Deutsche Bahn from Zurich to Basel train information:

  • Average Duration: 54 min
  • Cheapest Price: £31
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 4 a day

 Trains from Zurich to Basel

There are frequent daily direct trains from Zurich to Basel, with most services taking around one hour and 20 minutes. Direct trains make the trip west to Basel from Zurich Oerlikon station and Zurich central station roughly three times every hour from the early morning to late evening. Some additional indirect services require a change at Olten. 

Zurich to Basel train time: daily departures

The daily timetable offers frequent direct trains to Basel from Zurich seven days a week. Hourly direct services originate at Zurich Oerlikon station, while three to four trains an hour start from the central station in Zurich.  Some indirect services in the evening require a change at Olten. Schedules offer departures from very early in the morning throughout the day and evening until just before midnight.  

How long is the journey by train from Zurich to Basel?

The fastest train from Zurich to Basel completes the 54-mile trip west in one hour and seven minutes. Most direct and indirect connections take between one hour and 19 minutes and one hour 31 minutes. Due to the frequency of services on this line, connections between trains on indirect journeys are usually very short. 

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Zurich to Basel?

Departure station: Zurich Oerlikon station is located about two miles north of the city centre, connected by buses and local trains taking around 15-20 minutes. The central Zurich station is located in the heart of Zurich. Both stations have luggage storage facilities, coffee-bars, food mini-markets, newsagents, cash points and WiFi. 

Arrival station: Basel station is situated on the south-east side of the city, about 20 minutes' walk from the centre, with numerous local tram connections and S-Bahn trains making the trip downtown in about 10 minutes. Station facilities include cafes, bakeries, a food supermarket, car rental desks and luggage storage lockers. 

Which train companies travel from Zurich to Basel?

Swiss Federal Railways, abbreviated to SBB in German, CFF in French, and FFS in Italian, operates all the direct and indirect trains on this route from Zurich to Basel. SBB services on this route include InterCity express trains, Interregional local services, and some international express departures en route to German destinations. 

Swiss Federal Railways: Zurich to Basel

Swiss Federal Railways trains from Zurich to Basel are mostly a mix of InterRegional and InterCity services but also include some ICE or EC international departures. Schedules offer a frequent direct service from early morning to late at night, with three to four trains an hour to Basel throughout the day and evening. Timings for the journey range from one hour and seven minutes to one hour 31 minutes. 

Zurich to Basel trains: services on board

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) operates InterCity and InterRegional trains from Zurich to Basel with a choice of first or second-class seating. InterCity trains have a cafe-bistro and a family zone. SBB trains have low-floor access for wheelchair users and dedicated wheelchair spaces. Cyclists can take their bike on board but must purchase a bike ticket. Dogs can travel with their owners for the cost of half the second-class fare. Small pets in carriers travel for free. For passengers with a lot of luggage there is a door-to-door or station-to-station check-in service for a small charge. 

How to find cheap train tickets from Zurich to Basel

As this route to Basel is one of the most popular journeys within Switzerland, it is advisable to book in advance if timing is crucial. The frequency of services between the two cities does mean that if the traveller is willing to be a little flexible about departure times, it is usually easy to find the best-priced tickets. Tickets for InterRegional services are usually the most economical option. 

FAQs: Zurich to Basel train

FAQs: Travel by train from Zurich 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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Cheap train tickets from Zurich to Basel can start from as little as £19 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Zurich to Basel is £34; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time between Zurich and Basel is on average 54 min   for the 47 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go between Zurich and Basel by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Zurich to Basel leaves at 06: 34. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Zurich to Basel leaves at 22: 38.
There are 4 trains a day from Zurich to Basel which require at least one change with SBB, SNCF | TGV Lyria or Deutsche Bahn. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Basel. Take the fast train with SNCF | TGV Lyria from Zurich to Basel.
For the journey from Zurich to Basel you can take a train with SBB, SNCF | TGV Lyria or Deutsche Bahn. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services between Zurich and Basel on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 22: 38.

When departing from Zurich, you have various train station options to start your route from including Zürich Hbf, Zurich Airport and Zürich Stadelhofen. When arriving in Basel, you can end your route in train stations like Basel SBB, Basel Bad Bhf and Basel St. Johann.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Zürich Hbf, which is located around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Basel SBB, located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Zurich to Basel by train is August.
You have options as you can travel to Basel from Zurich 2 different ways: train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Zurich and Basel

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