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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £28.00
  2. 30 day advance £28.00
  • First train
    04:37
  • Last train
    00:13
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    52m

Travelling from Basel to Zurich by train

The fastest trains from Basel to Zurich take around 52 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 74 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Basel and Zurich.

Direct trains run between Basel and Zurich.

We usually find around 48 direct trains on the route from Basel to Zurich every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 52 departures. The duration is normally about 52 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Zurich is usually scheduled to depart Basel around 06:07 and the last train is around 00:13. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Basel around 04:37, and the last at 00:13.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

When to book Basel to Zurich train tickets?

The cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Basel to Zurich are £28.00, and there isn't much difference in price depending on when you book.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around £28, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 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 Basel to Zurich by train.

Which trains operate between Basel and Zurich?

More than one type of train operates on the route from Basel to Zurich, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Bus
  • Eurocity (EC)
  • ICE
  • InterCity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Interregio
  • TGV
  • TGV Lyria

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Find journey information for Zurich to Basel

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

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Passenger age requirements

Different countries have different classifications for "Child" and "Youth". That's why we ask you to enter the age of young passengers when you search.

Countries Children Youths
Belgium and Luxembourg 6 - 11 12 - 25
Eurostar 4 - 11 12 - 25
France* 4 - 11 12 - 25
Germany* 6 - 14 15 - 25
Italy 4 - 11 12 - 25
Netherlands (including Thalys) 4 - 11 12 - 25
Spain* 4 - 13 14 - 25
Switzerland 6 - 16 17 - 25
United Kingdom* 5 - 15 16 - 25
others 4 - 11 12 - 25

* There are some exceptions to these definitions. Please see child and youth passenger age requirements for more information.

You can also read about Youth and Senior discounts and railcards.

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