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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$634
From Amsterdam 06:43 HK$267
From Milan 04:04 HK$294
From Frankfurt 02:54 HK$570
From Berlin 07:25 HK$267
From Brussels 06:33 HK$919
From Munich 06:49 HK$487
From Zurich 00:53 HK$221
From Prague 13:15 HK$267
From Geneva 02:35 HK$588
From Lyon 03:33 HK$276
From Interlaken 01:54 HK$405
From Marseille 05:18 HK$478
From Lucerne 01:01 HK$221
From Cologne 03:52 HK$267
From Copenhagen 15:44 HK$267
From Bern 00:55 HK$267
From Dijon 01:33 HK$230
From Luxembourg 03:27 HK$211
From Hamburg 06:30 HK$267
From Dusseldorf 04:13 HK$248
From Lausanne 02:08 HK$515
From Dresden 08:32 HK$267
From Strasbourg 01:18 HK$83
From Freiburg 00:40 HK$230
From Hanover 05:13 HK$267
From Mannheim 02:09 HK$598
From Bonn 04:21 HK$892
From Mulhouse 00:21 HK$83
From Karlsruhe 01:44 HK$487
From Utrecht 09:47 HK$267
From Stresa 03:08 HK$294
From Bellinzona 03:19 HK$524
From Dortmund 05:10 HK$1,352
From Namur 05:26 HK$83
From Arnhem 05:40 HK$1,453
From Leipzig 09:19 HK$451
From Thionville 03:06 HK$83
From Kassel 04:16 HK$1,112
From Lugano 03:43 HK$662
From Koblenz 03:47 HK$837
From Fulda 04:13 HK$855
From Siegburg 03:36 HK$1,186
From Landquart 02:09 HK$414
From Sursee 00:54 HK$175
From Grenchen 00:53 HK$110
From Selestat 00:57 HK$83
From Offenburg 01:13 HK$349
From Neuchatel (loc) 01:26 HK$340
From Thun 01:25 HK$340
From Colmar 00:45 HK$83
From Brugg 00:42 HK$138
From Olten 00:24 HK$110
From Rheinfelden 00:13 HK$46
From Frick 00:27 HK$92
From Delemont 00:30 HK$110
From Zofingen 00:41 HK$129
From Baden Baden 01:28 HK$496
From Spiez 01:35 HK$368
From Brig 02:09 HK$634
From Bruchsal 02:07 HK$313
From Liestal 00:09 HK$37
From Chur 02:19 HK$441
From Metz 02:45 HK$83
From Nyon 02:26 HK$561
From Nancy 02:54 HK$368
From Visp 02:01 HK$634
From Yverdon 01:46 HK$395
From Arth Goldau 01:41 HK$303
From Saverne 01:52 HK$267
From Schwyz 01:57 HK$313
From Brunnen 02:01 HK$340
From Sargans 01:59 HK$405
From Belfort-montbeliard Tgv 00:43 HK$110

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

To Liestal 00:16 HK$37
To Rheinfelden 00:18 HK$46
To Mulhouse 00:32 HK$83
To Olten 00:39 HK$110
To Freiburg 00:45 HK$230
To Frick 00:46 HK$92
To Delemont 00:46 HK$110
To Lucerne 01:01 HK$221
To Zurich 01:05 HK$221
To Bern 01:14 HK$267
To Brugg 01:27 HK$138
To Thun 01:28 HK$340
To Neuchatel (loc) 01:32 HK$340
To Spiez 01:38 HK$368
To Arth Goldau 01:40 HK$303
To Zofingen 01:41 HK$129
To Bad Krozingen 01:44 HK$120
To Baden Baden 01:54 HK$496
To Sargans 01:59 HK$405
To Visp 02:00 HK$552
To Sursee 02:00 HK$175
To Bad Sackingen 02:08 HK$110
To Schwyz 02:08 HK$313
To Lausanne 02:12 HK$515
To Grenchen 02:15 HK$110
To Zug 02:19 HK$294
To Biel 02:25 HK$239
To Landquart 02:25 HK$414
To Brig 02:30 HK$552
To Bruchsal 02:30 HK$653
To Geneva 02:43 HK$588
To Strasbourg 02:51 HK$83
To Interlaken 02:57 HK$405
To Stresa 03:07 HK$294
To Domodossola 03:08 HK$294
To Dijon 03:19 HK$230
To Colmar 03:26 HK$83
To Morges 03:30 HK$432
To Offenburg 03:31 HK$221
To Besançon 03:37 HK$165
To St Gallen 03:38 HK$386
To Selestat 03:42 HK$83
To Lugano 03:43 HK$662
To Nyon 03:44 HK$561
To Montreux 03:47 HK$561
To Bellinzona 03:49 HK$524
To Milan 04:04 HK$827
To Chur 04:10 HK$441
To Goeppingen 04:11 HK$717
To Saverne 04:24 HK$83
To Karlsruhe 04:25 HK$386
To Fulda 04:43 HK$855
To Paris 04:47 HK$451
To Nancy 04:55 HK$368
To Metz 05:13 HK$83
To Stuttgart 05:16 HK$616
To Thionville 05:19 HK$83
To Mannheim 05:19 HK$680
To Kassel 05:22 HK$1,112
To Lyon 05:30 HK$368
To Luxembourg 05:42 HK$211
To Frankfurt 05:53 HK$680
To Engelberg 05:54 HK$313
To St Moritz 05:57 HK$634
To Ilanz 06:13 HK$515
To Koblenz 06:33 HK$919
To Brussels 06:35 HK$919
To Dusseldorf 07:18 HK$1,094
To Cologne 07:22 HK$680
To Venice 07:39 HK$1,168
To Munich 07:49 HK$717
To Mainz 08:33 HK$680
To Hanover 09:12 HK$1,324
To Leipzig 09:23 HK$267
To Nuremberg 09:46 HK$975
To Berlin 10:06 HK$267
To Utrecht 10:15 HK$267
To Dortmund 10:35 HK$1,352
To Hamburg 10:38 HK$267
To Amsterdam 10:43 HK$267
To Vienna 11:00 HK$1,039
To Marseille 11:53 HK$506
To Prague 13:18 HK$267
To Dresden 13:46 HK$267
To Copenhagen 16:28 HK$267

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 Experience"    
    We enjoyed the journey, anyhow train was late due to some unknown reason by 30 min but its ok.  
    Not enough room for luggage, and compartment for luggage was difficult to manage for heavy luggage.  
  • "first class seats are better "    
    First class seats are better.. opt for that ! Online system is easy to use,pay, collect n off u go..  
  • "Average"    
    There was no place to put my bags in, there was no numbers on chairs, the train itself was comfortable and quite smooth  
  • "Eurail Travel in Switzerland"    
    Train travel in Switzerland was fantastic, always on time and always clean. Felt very safe. We did travel from Basel to Paris by train and the toilets were very bad and the main Railway Station in Paris was really dirty but that may have just been a bad day. All the stations in Switzerland were very clan. Staff at Stations and on Trains exceptionally helpful and also all announcements were made in a number if languages so that helped since English was one of them. Can highly recommend travelling by Rail if you are holidaying in Switzerland.  
  • "Basel train to Milano "    
    comfortable ride...i like the cafe inside the train...fairly priced and decent meal...also i appreciate the announcement for every stop.  
  • "Euro rail experience"    
    We were a group of four travelling from Venice to Basel in Switzerland. The train ride was exceptional. I would do this again not only for the beautiful landscapes but the service on these trains. You can see the countries by travelling on the train alone. Those beautiful countrysides in Switzerland was indeed a highlight for me. Definitely five star rating.  
  • "Good, convenient"    
    The train brought me directly to train station at Basel without problem. The train is quite comfortable.  
  • "Excellent trip on the train."    
    The train inside were clean and comfortable. Services and most of the staffs were good. One thing that bothering us was our seats were on upstairs so we had to bring all large luggage up with us which so tired and no one helped.  
  • "To "    
    Yes I enjoyed the ride - it is very comfortable. As to value for money, I am not that certain.  
  • "Smooth and confortable"    
    We got a first class with a good promotion. It's very good fo travel for long distant. Staffs are very nice.  
  • "Fraser"    
    Trip was smooth, convenient and without issue. Train left on time and service was excellent on the train.  
  • "Very good experience"    
    The trip was very good but to many stops  
  • "SPACE"    
    Though the beds were very comfortable but the place was quiet cramped. We had two heavy luggages and no place to keep them as they could not be placed underneath the bed.  
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