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Traveling from Amsterdam to Basel by train

Looking to travel from Amsterdam to Basel by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 9 hours 13 minutes to travel from Amsterdam to Basel by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 7 hours 11 minutes though. You'll usually find 22 trains per day running along the 568 km route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won't need to make any changes on your way to Basel. You'll be traveling with ICE, DB or ÖBB on your way to Basel, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Amsterdam to Basel start from $43.28 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Basel by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Amsterdam to Basel by train

It takes an average of 9h 13m to travel from Amsterdam to Basel by train, over a distance of around 353 miles (568 km). There are normally 22 trains per day traveling from Amsterdam to Basel and tickets for this journey start from $43.28 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

7h 11m


568 miles (353 km)


22 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $43.28

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus, ÖBB

Amsterdam to Basel train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Basel for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:15 16:08 7h 53m, 2 changes
08:15 16:26 8h 11m, 1 change
09:38 17:47 8h 9m, 1 change
10:15 17:38 7h 23m, 2 changes
10:15 18:26 8h 11m, 1 change
11:38 19:47 8h 9m, 1 change
12:15 19:38 7h 23m, 2 changes
12:15 20:26 8h 11m, 1 change
12:28 21:38 9h 10m, 3 changes
13:38 21:55 8h 17m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), ÖBB and IC (Intercity) trains from Amsterdam to Basel

You can travel from Amsterdam to Basel on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), ÖBB and IC (Intercity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Basel

The price of train tickets from Amsterdam to Basel starts at $43.28 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Amsterdam to Basel by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Amsterdam to Basel

Want to know more about your journey from Amsterdam to Basel? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Amsterdam to Basel take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Basel is 9 hours and 13 minutes, with around 22 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Amsterdam and Basel by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Basel is 7 hours and 11 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Basel cost?

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Basel can start from as little as $43.28 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam to Basel?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam to Basel without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Amsterdam to Basel each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Amsterdam to Basel leave?

The first train from Amsterdam to Basel leaves at 00:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Amsterdam to Basel leave?

The last train from Amsterdam to Basel leaves at 22:40. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Amsterdam and Basel by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Basel cover a distance of around 353 miles (568 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Basel to Amsterdam.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam to Basel for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/30/2022 for travel on 11/30/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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