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Paris to Basel by train

It takes an average of 5h 20m to travel from Paris to Basel by train, over a distance of around 257 miles (413 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Paris to Basel and tickets for this journey start from $36.11 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 05m
Price$36.11 - $348.18
Distance257 miles (413 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationBasel
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Paris to Basel train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Basel for Thursday Aug 6th 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:21 Paris Gare de Lyon10:26 Basel SBBTGV Duplex Lyria 9203 SNCF Get tickets3h 05m, direct
07:58 Paris Gare de l’Est12:08 Basel SBBTGV INOUI 2407 SNCF Get tickets4h 10m, 1 change
10:04 Paris Gare de l’Est14:08 Basel SBBICE 9573 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 04m, 1 change
11:21 Paris Gare de Lyon15:08 Basel SBBTGV INOUI 6705 SNCF Get tickets3h 47m, 1 change
12:20 Paris Gare de Lyon15:26 Basel SBBTGV Duplex Lyria 9213 SNCF Get tickets3h 06m, direct
13:54 Paris Gare de l’Est18:08 Basel SBBTGV INOUI 9575 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 14m, 1 change
14:28 Paris Gare de l’Est18:40 Basel SBBICE 9563 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 12m, 1 change
16:21 Paris Gare de Lyon19:26 Basel SBBTGV Duplex Lyria 9219 SNCF Get tickets3h 05m, direct
16:54 Paris Gare de l’Est20:59 Basel SBBTGV INOUI 9591 SNCF Get tickets4h 05m, 1 change
17:17 Paris Gare de Lyon21:08 Basel SBBTGV INOUI 6709 SNCF Get tickets3h 51m, 1 change

TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Basel

You can travel from Paris to Basel 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 Paris to Basel

Train tickets from Paris to Basel start at $36.11 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around $177.63.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price$136.73
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price$148.62
on the day
avg. single price$177.63

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 Paris 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Paris to Basel

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

The average journey time by train between Paris and Basel is 5 hours and 20 minutes, with around 18 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 Paris and Basel by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Basel is 3 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Basel cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Basel can start from as little as $36.11 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 Paris to Basel?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Basel without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Paris to Basel. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Paris to Basel leaves at 07:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Basel leaves at 20:45. 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 Paris and Basel by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Basel 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 Basel to Paris.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Basel for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/06/2020. 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 08/03/2020 for travel on 09/09/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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