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Traveling from Basel SBB to Locarno by train

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

On average, it takes around 4 hours 34 minutes to travel from Basel SBB to Locarno by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 4 hours 12 minutes though. You'll usually find 40 trains per day running along the 178 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 Locarno. You'll probably be traveling with SBB train to get to Locarno, as they are the main operators of services on this route.

Plan your trip ahead and book your train tickets in advance if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Just start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices for trains from Basel SBB to Locarno.

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 Locarno by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Basel SBB to Locarno by train

First train

4:55 am

Last train

10:56 pm

Departure station

Basel SBB

Arrival station

Locarno

Journey time

From 4h 12m

Distance

111 miles (178 km)

Frequency

40 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

Basel SBB to Locarno train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel SBB to Locarno for martes jun 18º 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:03 am 2:15 pm 4h 12m, 1 change
10:33 am 2:45 pm 4h 12m, 2 changes
11:03 am 3:15 pm 4h 12m, 2 changes
11:03 am 3:27 pm 4h 24m, direct
11:28 am 4:14 pm 4h 46m, 1 change
12:03 pm 4:15 pm 4h 12m, 1 change
12:33 pm 4:45 pm 4h 12m, 2 changes
1:03 pm 5:15 pm 4h 12m, 2 changes
1:03 pm 5:27 pm 4h 24m, direct
1:28 pm 6:14 pm 4h 46m, 1 change

SBB trains from Basel SBB to Locarno

You can travel from Basel SBB to Locarno on SBB 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.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Cheap train tickets from Basel SBB to Locarno

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 Basel SBB to Locarno 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.

FAQs for Basel SBB to Locarno

Want to know more about your journey from Basel SBB to Locarno? 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 Basel SBB to Locarno take?

The average journey time by train between Basel SBB and Locarno is 4 hours and 34 minutes, with around 40 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 Basel SBB and Locarno by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel SBB to Locarno is 4 hours and 12 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Basel SBB to Locarno?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel SBB to Locarno without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Basel SBB to Locarno each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Basel SBB to Locarno leave?

The first train from Basel SBB to Locarno leaves at 04:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Basel SBB to Locarno leave?

The last train from Basel SBB to Locarno leaves at 22:56. 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 Basel SBB and Locarno by train?

Trains travelling from Basel SBB to Locarno cover a distance of around 111 miles (178 km) during the journey.


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