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Traveling from Basel to Paris by train

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

On average, it takes around 4 hours 42 minutes to travel from Basel to Paris by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 3 hours 6 minutes though. You'll usually find 23 trains per day running along the 413 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 Paris. You'll probably be traveling with TGV Lyria train to get to Paris, as they are the main operators of services on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Basel to Paris start from $32.82 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 Paris by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Basel to Paris by train

It takes an average of 4h 42m to travel from Basel to Paris by train, over a distance of around 257 miles (413 km). There are normally 23 trains per day traveling from Basel to Paris and tickets for this journey start from $32.82 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 3h 6m


257 miles (413 km)


23 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $32.82

Train and bus operators

TGV Lyria, Flixbus

Basel to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel to Paris for Saturday Mar 25th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
03:45 Basel SBB08:48 Paris Gare de Lyons-bahn 17024 Get tickets5h 3m, 2 changes
06:21 Basel SBB10:05 Paris Gare de l’EstTER 96206 SNCF Get tickets3h 44m, 1 change
07:21 Basel SBB11:12 Paris Gare de LyonTER 96210 SNCF Get tickets3h 51m, 2 changes
08:34 Basel SBB11:44 Paris Gare de LyonTGV Lyria 9206 SNCF Get tickets3h 10m, direct
09:21 Basel SBB12:38 Paris Gare de l’EstTER 96218 SNCF Get tickets3h 17m, 1 change
10:34 Basel SBB13:41 Paris Gare de LyonTGV Lyria 9210 SNCF Get tickets3h 7m, direct

TGV Lyria trains from Basel to Paris

You can travel from Basel to Paris on TGV Lyria 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.

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TGV Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).

Cheap train tickets from Basel to Paris

The price of train tickets from Basel to Paris starts at $32.82 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 Paris 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 Paris

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

The average journey time by train between Basel and Paris is 4 hours and 42 minutes, with around 23 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel to Paris is 3 hours and 6 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel to Paris cost?

Train tickets from Basel to Paris can start from as little as $32.82 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 Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel to Paris without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Basel to Paris 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 Paris leave?

The first train from Basel to Paris leaves at 00:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Basel to Paris leaves at 23:42. 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 Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Basel to Paris cover a distance of around 257 miles (413 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Basel.

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