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Basel, the Swiss capital of art and culture

About Switzerland

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

From Paris 03:07 HK$623
From Amsterdam 06:43 HK$262
From Milan 04:04 HK$289
From Frankfurt 02:54 HK$560
From Berlin 07:25 HK$262
From Brussels 06:33 HK$903
From Munich 06:49 HK$479
From Zurich 00:53 HK$217
From Prague 13:15 HK$262
From Geneva 02:35 HK$578
From Lyon 03:33 HK$271
From Interlaken 01:54 HK$397
From Marseille 05:18 HK$470
From Lucerne 01:01 HK$217
From Cologne 03:52 HK$262
From Copenhagen 15:44 HK$262
From Bern 00:55 HK$262
From Dijon 01:33 HK$226
From Luxembourg 03:27 HK$208
From Hamburg 06:30 HK$262
From Dusseldorf 04:13 HK$244
From Lausanne 02:08 HK$506
From Dresden 08:32 HK$262
From Strasbourg 01:18 HK$81
From Freiburg 00:40 HK$226
From Hanover 05:13 HK$262
From Mannheim 02:09 HK$587
From Bonn 04:21 HK$876
From Mulhouse 00:21 HK$81
From Karlsruhe 01:44 HK$479
From Utrecht 09:47 HK$262
From Stresa 03:08 HK$289
From Bellinzona 03:19 HK$515
From Dortmund 05:10 HK$1,328
From Namur 05:26 HK$81
From Arnhem 05:40 HK$1,427
From Leipzig 09:19 HK$443
From Thionville 03:06 HK$81
From Kassel 04:16 HK$1,093
From Lugano 03:43 HK$650
From Koblenz 03:47 HK$822
From Fulda 04:13 HK$840
From Siegburg 03:36 HK$1,165
From Landquart 02:09 HK$407
From Sursee 00:54 HK$172
From Grenchen 00:53 HK$108
From Selestat 00:57 HK$81
From Offenburg 01:13 HK$343
From Neuchatel (loc) 01:26 HK$334
From Thun 01:25 HK$334
From Colmar 00:45 HK$81
From Brugg 00:42 HK$136
From Olten 00:24 HK$108
From Rheinfelden 00:13 HK$45
From Frick 00:27 HK$90
From Delemont 00:30 HK$108
From Zofingen 00:41 HK$126
From Baden Baden 01:28 HK$488
From Spiez 01:35 HK$361
From Brig 02:09 HK$623
From Bruchsal 02:07 HK$307
From Liestal 00:09 HK$36
From Chur 02:19 HK$434
From Metz 02:45 HK$81
From Nyon 02:26 HK$551
From Nancy 02:54 HK$361
From Visp 02:01 HK$623
From Yverdon 01:46 HK$388
From Arth Goldau 01:41 HK$298
From Saverne 01:52 HK$262
From Schwyz 01:57 HK$307
From Brunnen 02:01 HK$334
From Sargans 01:59 HK$397
From Belfort-montbeliard Tgv 00:43 HK$108

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

To Liestal 00:16 HK$36
To Rheinfelden 00:18 HK$45
To Mulhouse 00:32 HK$81
To Olten 00:39 HK$108
To Freiburg 00:45 HK$226
To Frick 00:46 HK$90
To Delemont 00:46 HK$108
To Lucerne 01:01 HK$217
To Zurich 01:05 HK$217
To Bern 01:14 HK$262
To Brugg 01:27 HK$136
To Thun 01:28 HK$334
To Neuchatel (loc) 01:32 HK$334
To Spiez 01:38 HK$361
To Arth Goldau 01:40 HK$298
To Zofingen 01:41 HK$126
To Bad Krozingen 01:44 HK$117
To Baden Baden 01:54 HK$488
To Sargans 01:59 HK$397
To Visp 02:00 HK$542
To Sursee 02:00 HK$172
To Bad Sackingen 02:08 HK$108
To Schwyz 02:08 HK$307
To Lausanne 02:12 HK$506
To Grenchen 02:15 HK$108
To Zug 02:19 HK$289
To Biel 02:25 HK$235
To Landquart 02:25 HK$407
To Brig 02:30 HK$542
To Bruchsal 02:30 HK$641
To Geneva 02:43 HK$578
To Strasbourg 02:51 HK$81
To Interlaken 02:57 HK$397
To Stresa 03:07 HK$289
To Domodossola 03:08 HK$289
To Dijon 03:19 HK$226
To Colmar 03:26 HK$81
To Morges 03:30 HK$425
To Offenburg 03:31 HK$217
To Besançon 03:37 HK$163
To St Gallen 03:38 HK$379
To Selestat 03:42 HK$81
To Lugano 03:43 HK$650
To Nyon 03:44 HK$551
To Montreux 03:47 HK$551
To Bellinzona 03:49 HK$515
To Milan 04:04 HK$813
To Chur 04:10 HK$434
To Goeppingen 04:11 HK$705
To Saverne 04:24 HK$81
To Karlsruhe 04:25 HK$379
To Fulda 04:43 HK$840
To Paris 04:47 HK$443
To Nancy 04:55 HK$361
To Metz 05:13 HK$81
To Stuttgart 05:16 HK$605
To Thionville 05:19 HK$81
To Mannheim 05:19 HK$668
To Kassel 05:22 HK$1,093
To Lyon 05:30 HK$361
To Luxembourg 05:42 HK$208
To Frankfurt 05:53 HK$668
To Engelberg 05:54 HK$307
To St Moritz 05:57 HK$623
To Ilanz 06:13 HK$506
To Koblenz 06:33 HK$903
To Brussels 06:35 HK$903
To Dusseldorf 07:18 HK$1,075
To Cologne 07:22 HK$668
To Venice 07:39 HK$1,147
To Munich 07:49 HK$705
To Mainz 08:33 HK$668
To Hanover 09:12 HK$1,301
To Leipzig 09:23 HK$262
To Nuremberg 09:46 HK$958
To Berlin 10:06 HK$262
To Utrecht 10:15 HK$262
To Dortmund 10:35 HK$1,328
To Hamburg 10:38 HK$262
To Amsterdam 10:43 HK$262
To Vienna 11:00 HK$1,021
To Marseille 11:53 HK$497
To Prague 13:18 HK$262
To Dresden 13:46 HK$262
To Copenhagen 16:28 HK$262

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 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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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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Customer reviews

  • "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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