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Basel, the Swiss capital of art and culture

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Getting there You can get to Basel from Frankfurt, Berlin and Bruxelles. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 03:07 HK$690
From Amsterdam 06:43 HK$290
From Milano 04:04 HK$320
From Frankfurt 02:54 HK$622
From Berlin 07:25 HK$290
From Bruxelles 06:33 HK$1,003
From Muenchen 06:49 HK$532
From Zuerich 00:53 HK$244
From Praha 13:15 HK$290
From Geneve 02:35 HK$644
From Lyon 03:33 HK$300
From Interlaken 01:54 HK$440
From Marseille 05:18 HK$520
From Luzern 01:01 HK$244
From Koeln 03:52 HK$290
From Koebenhavn 15:44 HK$290
From Bern 00:55 HK$296
From Dijon 01:33 HK$250
From Luxembourg 03:27 HK$235
From Hamburg 06:30 HK$290
From Duesseldorf 04:13 HK$270
From Lausanne 02:08 HK$560
From Dresden 08:32 HK$290
From Strasbourg 01:18 HK$90
From Freiburg 00:40 HK$252
From Hannover 05:13 HK$290
From Mannheim 02:09 HK$652
From Bonn 04:21 HK$972
From Mulhouse 00:21 HK$90
From Karlsruhe 01:44 HK$532
From Utrecht 09:47 HK$290
From Stresa 03:08 HK$320
From Bellinzona 03:19 HK$576
From Dortmund 05:10 HK$1,472
From Namur 05:26 HK$90
From Arnhem 05:40 HK$1,584
From Leipzig 09:19 HK$490
From Thionville 03:06 HK$90
From Kassel 04:16 HK$1,212
From Lugano 03:43 HK$726
From Koblenz 03:47 HK$912
From Fulda 04:13 HK$932
From Siegburg 03:36 HK$1,292
From Landquart 02:09 HK$454
From Sursee 00:54 HK$192
From Grenchen 00:53 HK$120
From Selestat 00:57 HK$90
From Offenburg 01:13 HK$382
From Neuchatel (loc) 01:26 HK$372
From Thun 01:25 HK$372
From Colmar 00:45 HK$90
From Brugg 00:42 HK$152
From Olten 00:24 HK$120
From Rheinfelden 00:13 HK$52
From Frick 00:27 HK$104
From Delemont 00:30 HK$120
From Zofingen 00:41 HK$140
From Baden Baden 01:28 HK$542
From Spiez 01:35 HK$402
From Brig 02:09 HK$696
From Bruchsal 02:07 HK$342
From Liestal 00:09 HK$46
From Chur 02:19 HK$486
From Metz 02:45 HK$90
From Nyon 02:26 HK$612
From Nancy Ville 02:54 HK$407
From Visp 02:01 HK$696
From Yverdon 01:46 HK$438
From Arth Goldau 01:41 HK$334
From Saverne 01:52 HK$294
From Schwyz 01:57 HK$348
From Brunnen 02:01 HK$372
From Sargans 01:59 HK$440
From Belfort-montbeliard Tgv 00:43 HK$124

Getting around From Basel, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To Liestal 00:16 HK$46
To Rheinfelden 00:18 HK$52
To Mulhouse 00:32 HK$90
To Olten 00:39 HK$120
To Freiburg 00:45 HK$252
To Frick 00:46 HK$104
To Delemont 00:46 HK$120
To Luzern 01:01 HK$244
To Zuerich 01:05 HK$244
To Bern 01:14 HK$296
To Brugg 01:27 HK$152
To Thun 01:28 HK$372
To Neuchatel (loc) 01:32 HK$372
To Spiez 01:38 HK$402
To Arth Goldau 01:40 HK$334
To Zofingen 01:41 HK$140
To Bad Krozingen 01:44 HK$138
To Baden Baden 01:54 HK$542
To Sargans 01:59 HK$440
To Visp 02:00 HK$606
To Sursee 02:00 HK$192
To Bad Sackingen 02:08 HK$122
To Schwyz 02:08 HK$348
To Lausanne 02:12 HK$560
To Grenchen 02:15 HK$120
To Zug 02:19 HK$320
To Biel/bienne 02:25 HK$266
To Landquart 02:25 HK$454
To Brig 02:30 HK$606
To Bruchsal 02:30 HK$712
To Geneve 02:43 HK$644
To Strasbourg 02:51 HK$90
To Interlaken 02:57 HK$440
To Stresa 03:07 HK$320
To Domodossola 03:08 HK$320
To Dijon 03:19 HK$250
To Colmar 03:26 HK$90
To Morges 03:30 HK$470
To Offenburg 03:31 HK$241
To Besancon 03:37 HK$180
To St Gallen 03:38 HK$426
To Selestat 03:42 HK$90
To Lugano 03:43 HK$726
To Nyon 03:44 HK$612
To Montreux 03:47 HK$612
To Bellinzona 03:49 HK$576
To Milano 04:04 HK$900
To Chur 04:10 HK$486
To Goeppingen 04:11 HK$782
To Saverne 04:24 HK$90
To Karlsruhe 04:25 HK$425
To Fulda 04:43 HK$932
To Paris 04:47 HK$494
To Nancy Ville 04:55 HK$403
To Metz 05:13 HK$90
To Stuttgart 05:16 HK$679
To Thionville 05:19 HK$90
To Mannheim 05:19 HK$742
To Kassel 05:22 HK$1,212
To Lyon 05:30 HK$405
To Luxembourg 05:42 HK$235
To Frankfurt 05:53 HK$742
To Engelberg 05:54 HK$348
To St Moritz 05:57 HK$696
To Ilanz 06:13 HK$562
To Koblenz 06:33 HK$1,002
To Bruxelles 06:35 HK$1,003
To Duesseldorf 07:18 HK$1,192
To Koeln 07:22 HK$742
To Venezia 07:39 HK$1,275
To Muenchen 07:49 HK$789
To Mainz 08:33 HK$742
To Hannover 09:12 HK$1,442
To Leipzig 09:23 HK$290
To Nuernberg 09:46 HK$1,062
To Berlin 10:06 HK$290
To Utrecht 10:15 HK$290
To Dortmund 10:35 HK$1,472
To Hamburg 10:38 HK$290
To Amsterdam 10:43 HK$290
To Wien 11:00 HK$1,134
To Marseille 11:53 HK$559
To Praha 13:18 HK$290
To Dresden 13:46 HK$290
To Koebenhavn 16:28 HK$290

While you're there

Basel, the cultural capital of Switzerland

You have 4 days only? You want to visit more than one country? Basel is the name that should be on your list of towns to set camp. Perfect to visit France and Germany, from this city which is known as the Swiss capital of art and culture. There are about 40 museums, classical patrician houses and medieval churches side by side with modern buildings designed by major international architects such as Herzog & de Meuron or Renzo Piano. Top off your city tour at the Kunstmuseum Basel, known for its oldest public art collection of the world. Basel is the third most populous city of Siwtzerland.

Known as the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel has plenty to do if you’re that way inclined. The Doll’s House Museum on Barfüsserplatz is a high spot, as is the Franz Mäder Galerie which focuses entirely on Switzerland’s contemporary art. Discover the best of Basel by walking around the pedestrian-friendly sloped and narrow streets. Quench your thirst with the cleanest and healthiest water in the world from the outdoor fountains; it flows directly from glaciers in the Alps.

The landmarks around the Basel region are Augusta Raurica, Switzerland’s largest archaeological open-air museum and the charming town of Rheinfelden, known as a health and wellness destination. With the excellent public transport connection, the internationally renowned Vitra Design Museum, in the German city of Weil am Rhein, can be reached in a question of minutes.

To take the toll to three countries, you got to head to the French town of Colmar and experience the country-town atmosphere of the most Alsatian town in Alsace! Take a barque to discover the lovely and authentic scenery of this town located between the Vosges and the Rhine River.

Did you know that a Swiss Pass allows you to take all public transportation in Switzerland, as much as you want. Even better, the Swiss Pass will get you discounts to visit museums or when taking mountain top excursions.

The Barfuesserplatz is one of the best places to eat in Basel. Foreign cuisine is popular here; try the French L’Escargot near the Basel SBB train station and the Japanese Sakura restaurant inside the building.

The medley of sophisticated shops in Basel is sure to keep you occupied. Flit between established designers, up and coming fashions and high street favourites along the discerning streets. Seize the opportunity to buy a Swiss Rolex or Victorinox knife in Freie Strasse.

Basel Tourism
Stadt-Casino, Barfusserplatz Steinenberg, 14 CH 4010 Basel
Tel: +41 (0)6 12 68 68 68

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Basel can be found.

Basel railway station(s)

Basel SBB Train Station

Basel SBB Train Station

Address: Centralbahnplatz 4002 Basel

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm
Saturday: 8am to 6pm
Sunday: 10am to 6pm

Trains operating in and from this station:
High speed trains, Regional trains
Tourist Information Point, Facilities for disabled persons, Lost and found, Bank & Currency exchange, Toilets, Luggage storage, Bicycle rental, Wi-Fi Internet and Phone cabins.

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Basel Bad Bf Train Station

Basel Bad Bf Train Station

Address: Schwarzwaldallee 200 CH-4016 Basel

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 6:30am to 8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Trains operating in and from this station:
High speed trains (ICE), Regional trains
Facilities for disabled persons, Toilets and Phone cabins.

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  • "Good trip with no problems."    
    The price was acceptable. The seat was comfortable. The baggage area was almost filled and the train was booked a little over half capacity. The train operators were polite. The windows were a little dirty, needed wiping. Announcements in English was appreciated. Good overall trip.  
  • "Great way to travel"    
    Efficient, comfortable, fast. More comfortable than airline trip to Europe. Good service, good value for the Money  
  • "Railing to Pairs"    
    I've travel on nicer TGV's , but it did the trick after a little confuse about getting to the right location to load. We got to the train station 1 1/2 early. Found out they post platform location 45 min. before train time. also seat numbers are located on the arm rest. It was a very good and convenience was great - the ride was on time 3 hours 5 min. would do it again.  
  • "Paris to Nice"    
    Good connectivity. Comfortable journey  
  • "Nice"    
    It was nice experience  
  • "Comfortable"    
    Train was clean and comfortable  
  • "Dream Trip"    
    First of all let me thank and my congratulaion to Euro rail management for providing very comfortable trip to my family .It was nice experience. My hates off to your punctuality and cleanliness .  
  • "Online ticket"    
    Hello! A great experience i had overall but an online ticket might be made available instead of ticket that need to be send to customer with charges. Thank you!  
  • "Good service"    
    I was transit in Basel SBB for TGV train lead to Paris, It was my good choice to enjoyed the train from Luzern to Basel.  
  • "Europe Vacation"    
    We used the railway from Frankfurt to Basel and then from Basel to Paris. What an excellent and stress-free to move in and around Europe. Highly recommend this way to travel.  
  • "No meal?"    
    I was supposed to be offered a meal in first class, but it didn't materialize. The ride was fine, and the price was good (I bought in advance)  
  • "Excellent experience!"    
    Our travel on TGV Lyria from Basel to Paris was s beautiful experience. It's fast, and with its wide seats, an extremely comfortable way to travel.  
  • "swiss is best"    
    swiss trains are best in all respect and convenience and comfort. But they are expensive too.  
  • "Paris-Basel TGV Lyria 13Jun15"    
    Was a great experience.  
  • "A comfortable trip"    
    Recently travelled by TGV Lyria from Paris to Basel and the trip was very comfortable and convenient. It was bit expensive though but I wouldnt mind doing it again :) maybe the fares could be revised a little bit to make the customers more happy  
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