The cheapest trains from Zurich to Basel

Showing times and prices for 17 Oct

Cheapest

£33

Average

£35

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Zurich to Basel will cost around £ 35 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 33.

Cheapest
08:59Zürich HB1h05 10:04Basel SBB
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£331One-way
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09:59Zürich HB1h20 11:19Basel, Brausebad
1 changes
£331One-way
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09:59Zürich HB1h05 11:04Basel SBB
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£331One-way
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08:59Zürich HB1h20 10:19Basel, Brausebad
1 changes
£331One-way
Cheapest
09:36Zürich HB1h24 11:00Basel SBB
1 changes
£331One-way

Timetable Zurich to Basel

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08:10Zürich HB1h45 09:55Basel, Morgartenring
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08:36Zürich HB1h49 10:25Basel, Morgartenring
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08:59Zürich HB1h05 10:04Basel SBB
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08:59Zürich HB1h20 10:19Basel, Brausebad
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09:10Zürich HB1h45 10:55Basel, Morgartenring
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09:36Zürich HB1h24 11:00Basel SBB
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09:59Zürich HB1h20 11:19Basel, Brausebad
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09:59Zürich HB1h05 11:04Basel SBB
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Sat
16 Oct
£33SBB
Sun
17 Oct
£24SBB
Tue
19 Oct
£33SBB
Wed
20 Oct
£33SBB
Thu
21 Oct
£18SBB
Sat
23 Oct
£33SBB
Sun
24 Oct
£33SBB
Mon
25 Oct
£33SBB
Tue
26 Oct
£33SBB
Wed
27 Oct
£33SBB
Thu
28 Oct
£33SBB
Fri
29 Oct
£33SBB
Sat
30 Oct
£33SBB
Sun
31 Oct
£33SBB
Mon
1 Nov
£33SBB
Tue
2 Nov
£33SBB
Wed
3 Nov
£33SBB
Thu
4 Nov
£33SBB
Fri
5 Nov
£33SBB

The fastest trains from Zurich to Basel

Showing times and prices for 17 Oct

Fastest Journey

1 h 5 m

Average

1 h 26 m

Trains per day

8

Distance

76 km

Of the 8 trains that leave Zurich for Basel every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 76 km distance in an average of 1 h 26 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 5 m .

The slowest trains will take 1 h 49 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
08:59Zürich HB1h05 10:04Basel SBB
0 changes
£331One-way
Fastest
09:59Zürich HB1h05 11:04Basel SBB
0 changes
£331One-way
09:59Zürich HB1h20 11:19Basel, Brausebad
1 changes
£331One-way
08:59Zürich HB1h20 10:19Basel, Brausebad
1 changes
£331One-way
09:36Zürich HB1h24 11:00Basel SBB
1 changes
£331One-way

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Train Information to Basel from Zurich

distanceDistance47 miles (76 km)
durationAverage train duration54 min
priceAverage train ticket price£28 (€32)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersSBB or Deutsche Bahn

Trains from Zurich to Basel cover the 47 miles (76 km) long trip taking on average 54 min with our travel partners like SBB or Deutsche Bahn. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £28, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £18. Travellers depart most frequently from Zürich HB and arrive in Basel SBB.

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Train from Zurich to Basel with Deutsche Bahn and SBB

Deutsche Bahn and SBB trains will get you between Zurich and Basel from £18. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Deutsche Bahn
SBB

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main operator 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 between Zurich and Basel. 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 toilets are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

    Please follow the recommendations outlined by Deutsche Bahn when booking your train tickets from Zurich to Basel due to the coronavirus:

    • Normal conditions apply
    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended

     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. 

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    Travel by train 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.
    FAQs
    What is the price of the cheapest train between Zurich and Basel?
    Omio customers have found cheap train tickets from Zurich to Basel for as low as £18  for the next 7 days.
    What is the average cost of a train from Zurich to Basel?
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket to Basel from Zurich is £28  one way.
    How many miles is it from Zurich to Basel by train?
    The train distance from Zurich to Basel is around 47 miles (76 km).
    How many hours does it take from Zurich to Basel by train?
    While the time it takes to travel 47 miles (76 km) between Zurich and Basel can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Zurich to Basel is on average 54 min.
    When travelling by train from Zurich to Basel, which train station in Zurich do I depart from and which train station in Basel do I arrive in?

    Some of the Zurich train stations to Basel you can start your journey from include Zürich HB, Zürich Stadelhofen and Zürich, Central Bus Station. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Basel include Basel SBB, Basel Bad Bhf and Basel, Birmannsgasse.

    When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Zürich HB   and arriving in Basel SBB.

    Where is the Zurich train station located? Where is the Basel train station located?

    The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Zürich HB, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city centre of Zurich.

    The most popular arrival train station, Basel SBB, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre of Basel.

    What train companies go from Zurich to Basel?
    For the best Zurich to Basel train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with SBB or Deutsche Bahn. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Zurich and Basel to compare what amenities they may offer.
    Are there any direct trains from Zurich to Basel?
    Yes, there are direct trains to Basel from Zurich, and you can find a direct train for this journey with SBB  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
    What are the first and last departure train times from Zurich to Basel?
    You can take the first train from Zurich to Basel at 06: 04   or take the last train from Zurich to Basel leaving at 07: 59. Look for the latest Zurich Basel train times on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
    How far in advance should I buy train tickets from Zurich to Basel for the best deals?
    You can find a train from Zurich to Basel to cost on average £28 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Zurich to Basel train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Zurich
    Basel
    Zürich HB is the most popular Zurich railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Zurich for your journey to Basel.