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Taking the train from Paris to Basel in 3 hours 3 minutes

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.

Paris to Basel by train

It takes an average of 3h 52m to travel from Paris to Basel by train, over a distance of around 257 miles (413 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Paris to Basel and tickets for this journey start from €26 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 3m
PriceFrom €26
Distance257 miles (413 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train06:39
Last train20:19
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationBasel
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, Union Ivkoni (Bus), Flixbus

Paris to Basel train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Basel for Tuesday 2nd November 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:58 11:08 4h 10m, 1 change
08:25 12:08 3h 43m, 1 change
09:46 13:08 3h 22m, 1 change
10:21 14:08 3h 47m, 1 change
10:57 15:08 4h 11m, 2 changes
12:47 16:08 3h 21m, 1 change
14:19 17:40 3h 21m, 1 change
14:46 18:08 3h 22m, 1 change
15:22 18:26 3h 4m, direct
16:43 20:08 3h 25m, 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

The price of train tickets from Paris to Basel starts at €26 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 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 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.

Journey details

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 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.

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 3 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Basel cost?

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.

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 3 direct trains from Paris to Basel each day. 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 06:39. 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 20:19. 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.

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. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Basel.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Basel for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/02/2021. 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 11/09/2021 for travel on 11/09/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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