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Taking the train from Zurich Airport to Basel

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.

Zurich Airport to Basel SBB by train

It takes an average of 1h 28m to travel from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB by train, over a distance of around 46 miles (74 km). There are normally 74 trains per day travelling from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB and tickets for this journey start from €9.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 10m
PriceFrom €9.99
Distance46 miles (74 km)
Frequency74 trains per day
First train00:05
Last train23:45
Departure stationZurich Airport
Arrival stationBasel SBB
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Zurich Airport to Basel SBB train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB for Tuesday 9th November 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:56 13:24 1h 28m, direct
12:15 13:28 1h 13m, 1 change
12:38 13:53 1h 15m, 1 change
12:48 14:13 1h 25m, 1 change
12:56 14:24 1h 28m, direct
13:18 14:28 1h 10m, 1 change
13:38 14:53 1h 15m, 1 change
13:48 15:13 1h 25m, 1 change
13:56 15:24 1h 28m, direct
14:15 15:28 1h 13m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB

The price of train tickets from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB starts at €9.99 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 Zurich Airport to Basel SBB 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 Zurich Airport to Basel SBB? 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 Zurich Airport to Basel SBB take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Zurich Airport and Basel SBB by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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

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.

Is there a direct train from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB?

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.

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

The first train from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB leaves at 00:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between Zurich Airport and Basel SBB by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Airport to Basel SBB 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 Basel SBB to Zurich Airport.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zurich Airport to Basel SBB for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/09/2021. 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 04/01/2019 for travel on 04/01/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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