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London to Basel by train
Fastest journey6hr 25m
Trains per day21
Avg. journey time9hr 15m
Travelling from London to Basel by train
Fast trains from London to Basel take around 6 hours and 25 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 710 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Basel.
1. Are there direct trains from London to Basel?
Journeys between London and Basel usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 26 departures on the route from London to Basel every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 23 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from London to Basel?
The London to Basel train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 25 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to Basel train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Basel is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 20:01. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 20:31.
What's the London to Basel train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Basel are $215.59.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $215 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $221. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Basel train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Basel by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Basel?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Basel, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Eurocity (EC)
- Intercity-Express (ICE)
- Train Express Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & TGV Lyria
It is an easy journey by train from London to Basel in Switzerland. The route favoured by most travellers is via Paris. The journey starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to the French capital, where you change stations. At the Gare de Lyon in Paris, you join a TGV Lyria train for the onward journey to Basel. Further options are available with an additional change of train in Dijon, Mulhouse or Strasbourg which all add to the overall journey time, but can sometimes bring a slight fare advantage.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Basel
Fast direct TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Basel leave from the Gare de Lyon in the French capital. In Basel, these trains stop at Basel SBB station, from where it is a 15-minute walk north to the Old Town and the River Rhine. Five or six trains each day serve the Paris-Basel route, which is a key business link, so services can be crowded at peak times.
The direct trains from Paris to Basel all make two intermediate stops, usually at either Dijon or Belfort-Montbéliard and then at Mulhouse. The route follows a high-speed line south-east from Paris, cutting through Burgundy to reach the Franche-Comté region, where the train traverses pleasant hill country to reach the Swiss border. Sit on the right side of the train for the best views.
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