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Basel to Zurich by train

Comfortable and modern SBB trains will take you between the Swiss cities of Basel and Zurich. The journey takes less than an hour, making it the fastest way to get between these two cities, and depending on which train you choose, you'll enjoy an array of on-board comforts and conveniences.

Once you get to Zurich, you'll be able to take a walk along the Limmatquai riverside promenade, explore the city's Old Town district, snap some photos in front of the 17th-century town hall, or sample some of the local food. Either way, the train is a great way to travel, and you can find even more information on the journey below.

Basel SBB to Zurich Hb by train

It takes an average of 1h 08m to travel from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb by train, over a distance of around 46 miles (74 km). There are normally 93 trains per day travelling from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb and tickets for this journey start from €30.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 53m
PriceFrom €30.40
Distance46 miles (74 km)
Frequency93 trains per day
Departure stationBasel SBB
Arrival stationZurich Hb
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS,

Basel SBB to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb for martedì 11º ago 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:11 13:24 1h 13m, direct
12:33 13:26 53m, direct
12:36 13:49 1h 13m, direct
12:43 13:52 1h 09m, direct
13:06 14:00 54m, direct
13:11 14:24 1h 13m, direct
13:33 14:26 53m, direct
13:36 14:49 1h 13m, direct
13:43 14:52 1h 09m, direct
14:06 15:00 54m, direct

SBB, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb

You can travel from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb on SBB, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and ICE (Intercity Express) 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).

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb

Train tickets from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb start at €30.40 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 €30.40.
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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 SBB to Zurich Hb 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb? 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 SBB to Zurich Hb take?

The average journey time by train between Basel SBB and Zurich Hb is 1 hour and 8 minutes, with around 93 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 SBB and Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb is 53 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb cost?

Train tickets from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb can start from as little as €30.40 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 SBB to Zurich Hb?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There are 85 direct trains from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb leaves at 00:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb leave?

The last train from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb leaves at 23:01. 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 SBB and Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 46 miles (74 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zurich Hb to Basel SBB. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Basel SBB to Zurich Hb.
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 Basel SBB to Zurich Hb for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/08/2020. 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 17/01/2020 for travel on 18/01/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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