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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 $93.56
  2. 30 day advance $126.74
  3. 7 day advance $310.56
  • First train
    05:40
  • Last train
    20:31
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    6hr 25m

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.

Are there direct trains from London to Basel?

Journeys between London and Basel usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 19 departures on the route from London to Basel every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

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.

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 $93.56.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $126 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $310. 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:

  • Alleo
  • Eurocity (EC)
  • Eurostar
  • ICE
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Interregio
  • TGV
  • Train Express Regional

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

Find journey information for Basel to London

Other journeys to Basel View all journeys to Basel

  1. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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