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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 $112
From Amsterdam 06:43 $47
From Milan 04:04 $52
From Frankfurt 02:54 $101
From Berlin 07:25 $47
From Brussels 06:33 $162
From Munich 06:49 $86
From Zurich 00:53 $39
From Prague 13:15 $47
From Geneva 02:35 $104
From Lyon 03:33 $49
From Interlaken 01:54 $71
From Marseille 05:18 $84
From Lucerne 01:01 $39
From Cologne 03:52 $47
From Copenhagen 15:44 $47
From Bern 00:55 $47
From Dijon 01:33 $41
From Luxembourg 03:27 $37
From Hamburg 06:30 $47
From Dusseldorf 04:13 $44
From Lausanne 02:08 $91
From Dresden 08:32 $47
From Strasbourg 01:18 $15
From Freiburg 00:40 $41
From Hanover 05:13 $47
From Mannheim 02:09 $106
From Bonn 04:21 $158
From Mulhouse 00:21 $15
From Karlsruhe 01:44 $86
From Utrecht 09:47 $47
From Stresa 03:08 $52
From Bellinzona 03:19 $93
From Dortmund 05:10 $239
From Namur 05:26 $15
From Arnhem 05:40 $257
From Leipzig 09:19 $80
From Thionville 03:06 $15
From Kassel 04:16 $197
From Lugano 03:43 $117
From Koblenz 03:47 $148
From Fulda 04:13 $151
From Siegburg 03:36 $209
From Landquart 02:09 $73
From Sursee 00:54 $31
From Grenchen 00:53 $19
From Selestat 00:57 $15
From Offenburg 01:13 $62
From Neuchatel (loc) 01:26 $60
From Thun 01:25 $60
From Colmar 00:45 $15
From Brugg 00:42 $24
From Olten 00:24 $19
From Rheinfelden 00:13 $8
From Frick 00:27 $16
From Delemont 00:30 $19
From Zofingen 00:41 $23
From Baden Baden 01:28 $88
From Spiez 01:35 $65
From Brig 02:09 $112
From Bruchsal 02:07 $55
From Liestal 00:09 $6
From Chur 02:19 $78
From Metz 02:45 $15
From Nyon 02:26 $99
From Nancy 02:54 $65
From Visp 02:01 $112
From Yverdon 01:46 $70
From Arth Goldau 01:41 $54
From Saverne 01:52 $47
From Schwyz 01:57 $55
From Brunnen 02:01 $60
From Sargans 01:59 $71
From Belfort-montbeliard Tgv 00:43 $19

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

To Liestal 00:16 $6
To Rheinfelden 00:18 $8
To Mulhouse 00:32 $15
To Olten 00:39 $19
To Freiburg 00:45 $41
To Frick 00:46 $16
To Delemont 00:46 $19
To Lucerne 01:01 $39
To Zurich 01:05 $39
To Bern 01:14 $47
To Brugg 01:27 $24
To Thun 01:28 $60
To Neuchatel (loc) 01:32 $60
To Spiez 01:38 $65
To Arth Goldau 01:40 $54
To Zofingen 01:41 $23
To Bad Krozingen 01:44 $21
To Baden Baden 01:54 $88
To Sargans 01:59 $71
To Visp 02:00 $97
To Sursee 02:00 $31
To Bad Sackingen 02:08 $19
To Schwyz 02:08 $55
To Lausanne 02:12 $91
To Grenchen 02:15 $19
To Zug 02:19 $52
To Biel 02:25 $42
To Landquart 02:25 $73
To Brig 02:30 $97
To Bruchsal 02:30 $115
To Geneva 02:43 $104
To Strasbourg 02:51 $15
To Interlaken 02:57 $71
To Stresa 03:07 $52
To Domodossola 03:08 $52
To Dijon 03:19 $41
To Colmar 03:26 $15
To Morges 03:30 $76
To Offenburg 03:31 $39
To Besançon 03:37 $29
To St Gallen 03:38 $68
To Selestat 03:42 $15
To Lugano 03:43 $117
To Nyon 03:44 $99
To Montreux 03:47 $99
To Bellinzona 03:49 $93
To Milan 04:04 $146
To Chur 04:10 $78
To Goeppingen 04:11 $127
To Saverne 04:24 $15
To Karlsruhe 04:25 $68
To Fulda 04:43 $151
To Paris 04:47 $80
To Nancy 04:55 $65
To Metz 05:13 $15
To Stuttgart 05:16 $109
To Thionville 05:19 $15
To Mannheim 05:19 $120
To Kassel 05:22 $197
To Lyon 05:30 $65
To Luxembourg 05:42 $37
To Frankfurt 05:53 $120
To Engelberg 05:54 $55
To St Moritz 05:57 $112
To Ilanz 06:13 $91
To Koblenz 06:33 $162
To Brussels 06:35 $162
To Dusseldorf 07:18 $193
To Cologne 07:22 $120
To Venice 07:39 $206
To Munich 07:49 $127
To Mainz 08:33 $120
To Hanover 09:12 $234
To Leipzig 09:23 $47
To Nuremberg 09:46 $172
To Berlin 10:06 $47
To Utrecht 10:15 $47
To Dortmund 10:35 $239
To Hamburg 10:38 $47
To Amsterdam 10:43 $47
To Vienna 11:00 $184
To Marseille 11:53 $89
To Prague 13:18 $47
To Dresden 13:46 $47
To Copenhagen 16:28 $47

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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