Go from plane to train and take all the stress out of your city to city travel. With a whopping 60 SBB trains connecting the two cities in just an hour, you need not worry about getting all your bags into a taxi and facing horrible airport traffic – just hop on a train and go straight to the centre of Basel.
Arriving at Basel SBB station, you’ll soon find yourself in the heart of the city. Wander down to the old town or check out Basel’s impressive cathedral (both easily reachable with just a short walk).
Need to know more? Check below for more details, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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 Zurich Airport to Basel SBB 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 Zurich Airport and Basel SBB is 1 hour and 28 minutes, with around 74 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 Zurich Airport to Basel SBB is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB can start from as little as €9.99 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 Zurich Airport to Basel SBB without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB leaves at 00:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB leaves at 23:45. 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.
Trains travelling from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB cover a distance of around 46 miles (74 km) during the journey.