By Train from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Basel / Bâle (Switzerland) - Option 2: a wider choice of departures, but a cross-Paris connection is required

Journey Summary

Depart Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Amsterdam Centraal

Arrive Basel / Bâle (Switzerland)

Basel SBB/Bâle CFF
Journey Time
8hr 9min
4 x connections per day

This routing is much more inconvenient than taking the daily, alternative direct train from Amsterdam to Basel.

And that because it also involves having to make the transfer in Paris, from the Gare Du Nord, where the Thalys from Amsterdam will arrive, and the Gare De Lyon, from where the Lyria service on to Basel will depart.

So why are we suggesting it?

The answer is that it can be cost effective option, particularly if you want to arrive in Basel at its main SBB station.

The direct train from Amsterdam - and the alternative indirect journey options via Koln or Frankfurt - all involve taking trains which call at Basel Bad Bf station - before going on to Basel SBB station.

But on those routes through Germany, heading for Basel SBB station can be a more expensive option - as it becomes an international journey - from Germany to Switzerland.

Looking up this journey via Paris:

Avoid journeys via Paris that have a journey time of less than around 8hr 9mins.
Those faster journeys either involve additional changes of train or an ambitiously timed transfer between the stations in Paris.

The journey time of around 8hr 9mins allows more than an hour to make the transfer from the Gare Du Nord to the Gare De Lyon.

Rail Pass users:

If you will be travelling with an InterRail or Eurail Pass, you should avoid this routing due to the particularly high rail pass reservation fees, which are payable on both the Thalys and Lyria trains.

In contrast, reservations are only recommended, but not mandatory, on the alternative route by ICE train.

Train 1

  • Depart: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Arrive: Paris (France)
  • Journey time: 3hr 18 min (approx)

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Train 2

  • Depart: Paris (France)
  • Arrive: Basel / Bâle (Switzerland)
  • Journey time: 3hr 4min (approx)

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