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Travel from Basel to Locarno by train in 3 hours 24 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Basel to Locarno by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Basel to Locarno by train is 3 hours 46 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 3 hours 24 minutes. You'll usually find 40 trains per day traveling the 181 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there are no direct services to Locarno. As the main train operator on this route, you're likely to be traveling on a service operated by SBB for all or at least part of your journey to Locarno.

Book train tickets from Basel to Locarno in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $83.82. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Basel to Locarno by train

It takes an average of 3h 46m to travel from Basel to Locarno by train, over a distance of around 112 miles (181 km). There are normally 40 trains per day traveling from Basel to Locarno and tickets for this journey start from $83.82 when you book in advance.

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Last train


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Journey time

3h 24m


181 miles (112 km)


40 trains per day


1 change


From $83.82

Train and bus operators


Basel to Locarno train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel to Locarno for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:03 13:42 4h 39m, 1 change
09:28 14:19 4h 51m, 1 change
09:33 12:57 3h 24m, 3 changes
10:03 13:27 3h 24m, 2 changes
11:03 14:27 3h 24m, 3 changes
11:03 15:42 4h 39m, 1 change
11:28 16:17 4h 49m, 1 change
11:33 14:57 3h 24m, 3 changes
12:03 15:27 3h 24m, 2 changes
13:03 16:27 3h 24m, 3 changes

SBB trains from Basel to Locarno

You can travel from Basel 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 to Locarno

The price of train tickets from Basel to Locarno starts at $83.82 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 Basel 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.

§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 Basel to Locarno

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

The average journey time by train between Basel and Locarno is 3 hours and 46 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 and Locarno by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel to Locarno is 3 hours and 24 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel to Locarno cost?

Train tickets from Basel to Locarno can start from as little as $83.82 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 Basel to Locarno?

No, there are no direct train services from Basel to Locarno. Travelling from Basel to Locarno by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Basel to Locarno leaves at 05:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Basel to Locarno leaves at 21:56. 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 and Locarno by train?

Trains travelling from Basel to Locarno cover a distance of around 112 miles (181 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Basel to Locarno 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 04/09/2019 for travel on 04/09/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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