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.
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1 h 5 m
1 h 26 m
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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.
|Distance||47 miles (76 km)|
|Average train duration||54 min|
|Average train ticket price||£28 (€32)|
|Train providers||SBB 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.
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 (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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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