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How to travel from Geneva to Basel by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Geneva to Basel? Look no further.

You'll usually find 40 trains per day running between Geneva and Basel, which usually take 3 hours 16 minutes to complete the 186 km journey. It can take as little as 2 hours 40 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Basel from Geneva, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. All or part of your journey will be onboard a train operated by SBB, as they are the main carrier on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Geneva to Basel if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $22.51. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Geneva to Basel by train

It takes an average of 3h 16m to travel from Geneva to Basel by train, over a distance of around 116 miles (186 km). There are normally 40 trains per day traveling from Geneva to Basel and tickets for this journey start from $22.51 when you book in advance.

First train

04:47

Last train

23:20

Departure station

Geneva

Arrival station

Basel

Journey time

From 2h 40m

Distance

116 miles (186 km)

Frequency

40 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $22.51

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

Geneva to Basel train times

Check out the next trains departing from Geneva to Basel for Tuesday Jun 13th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:42 14:32 2h 50m, 1 change
12:15 14:55 2h 40m, 1 change
12:42 15:32 2h 50m, 1 change
13:15 15:55 2h 40m, 1 change
13:42 16:32 2h 50m, 1 change
14:15 16:55 2h 40m, 1 change
14:42 17:32 2h 50m, 1 change
15:15 17:55 2h 40m, 1 change
15:42 18:32 2h 50m, 1 change
16:15 18:55 2h 40m, 1 change

SBB trains from Geneva to Basel

You can travel from Geneva to Basel 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).

Intercity and Eurocity classes from Geneva to Basel

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity and Eurocity when traveling from Geneva to Basel.

Onboard services on Intercity and Eurocity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Geneva to Basel.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much baggage as you want on SBB Intercity trains, provided that it fits in the baggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Intercity trains will have a restaurant or bistro car so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are power outlets on SBB trains. You can also enjoy free WiFi on Intercity trains via the SBB FreeSurf portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is stroller storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard. On Intercity trains, there is also a dedicated family car.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle on board SBB Intercity trains. Between 21st March and 31st October, it's compulsory to reserve a bike space on some Intercity trains. You must also buy a ticket for your bike at a ticket office, ticket machine or online.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

SBB Intercity trains have priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

InfoInfoOther

There is a Business Zone and a Quiet Zone in First Class on SBB Intercity trains.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much baggage as you want on SBB Eurocity trains, provided that it fits in the baggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Eurocity trains will have a restaurant or bistro car so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are power outlets and free WiFi on SBB Eurocity trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is stroller storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet on board.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bike on board SBB Eurocity trains provided that you can fit it into the storage space onboard, but you'll need to buy a ticket for it. You'll also need a reservation for the Swiss part of your journey when traveling internationally. You can make a reservation online or at a ticket office.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet on board, plus priority seating for passengers with reduced mobility.

InfoInfoOther

There is air conditioning on board newer SBB Eurocity trains, so you can travel in comfort.

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Basel

The price of train tickets from Geneva to Basel starts at $22.51 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 Geneva 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 Geneva to Basel

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

The average journey time by train between Geneva and Basel is 3 hours and 16 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 Geneva and Basel by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Basel is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

How much does the train from Geneva to Basel cost?

Train tickets from Geneva to Basel can start from as little as $22.51 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 Geneva to Basel?

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

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

The first train from Geneva to Basel leaves at 04:47. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Geneva to Basel leaves at 23:20. 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 Geneva and Basel by train?

Trains travelling from Geneva to Basel cover a distance of around 116 miles (186 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Basel to Geneva.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Geneva to Basel for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/13/2023. 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 04/07/2019 for travel on 04/07/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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