Thinking about taking the train from Paris to Basel? We’ve got you covered.
It usually takes around 3 hours 52 minutes to travel the 257 miles (413 km) from Paris to Basel by train, although you can get there in as little as 3 hours 3 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 15 trains per day running on this route. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. You can travel with TGV Lyria trains during your journey, as they are the main operator of services on this route.
Train tickets from Paris to Basel start from €26.00 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.
Keen to book your train tickets to Basel? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.
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).
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.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Paris and Basel is 3 hours and 52 minutes, with around 15 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Basel is 3 hours and 3 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Paris to Basel can start from as little as €26 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Basel without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Paris to Basel each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Basel leaves at 06:39. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Basel leaves at 20:19. 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.
Trains travelling from Paris to Basel cover a distance of around 257 miles (413 km) during the journey.