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Basel to Locarno by train

It takes an average of 3h 23m to travel from Basel to Locarno by train, over a distance of around 112 miles (181 km). There are normally 34 trains per day travelling from Basel to Locarno and tickets for this journey start from $93.88 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 11m
PriceFrom $93.88
Distance112 miles (181 km)
Frequency34 trains per day
Departure stationBasel
Arrival stationLocarno
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Basel to Locarno train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel to Locarno for Tuesday May 18th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:03 00:14 3h 11m, 2 changes
09:03 01:24 4h 21m, direct
09:33 00:44 3h 11m, 2 changes
10:03 01:14 3h 11m, 1 change
11:03 02:14 3h 11m, 2 changes
11:03 03:24 4h 21m, direct
11:33 02:44 3h 11m, 2 changes
00:03 03:14 3h 11m, 1 change
01:03 04:14 3h 11m, 2 changes
01:03 05:24 4h 21m, direct

Cheap train tickets from Basel to Locarno

The price of train tickets from Basel to Locarno starts at $93.88 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 23 minutes, with around 34 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 11 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel to Locarno cost?

Train tickets from Basel to Locarno can start from as little as $93.88 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?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel to Locarno without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Basel 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 to Locarno leave?

The first train from Basel to Locarno leaves at 04:03. 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 09:03. 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 05/18/2021. 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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