The main street entrance to Dresden Hbf looking down from gleis 17

Basel to Dresden by train

How to take the new overnight direct train from Basel to Dresden

A Nightjet train now provides the only direct rail link between Basel and Dresden



How to take the train from Basel to Dresden

Travel Information

This train is typically scheduled to depart from Basel SBB station at 21:13 and the from Basel Bad bf station at 21:22.
If your journey will be commencing in Basel city centre, the easier option is to join this train at Basel Bad bf, and ticket prices may be cheaper too.

Final Destination: Praha

This train also calls at: Dresden-Neustadt and it also calls in [Leipzig Hbf](/train-travel-info/countries/germany/cities/leipzig/rail-stations/leipzig-hbf/, but it is due to arrive there at around 04:45.

1 x train per night


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

The train conveys:

  • Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
  • Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berthsm
  • Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
  • Deluxe sleeping cars with showers (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins

The first price you will see on the OBB ticketing site will be for the compartment seats.

Click the train details below for more info including the rail pass reservation fees:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding these trains,

You can now book rail pass reservations without paying booking fees on the OBB website (OBB operates these trains).Though the process for doing so isn't particularly obvious, hence this step-by-step guide.

Making the rail pass reservation online a minimum of a couple of weeks ahead of the travel date, is particularly recommended if you will be traveling between June and September.
If you wait until arriving in Basel to reserve, your first choice of accommodation may have sold out.

Also if you have a rail pass and book the reservation at Basel SBB station you will have to pay a comparatively expensive booking fees,

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB *

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

On journeys within Germany and on most international journeys from and to Germany on trains operated by DB:

  • For journeys by the express trains, EC. IC and ICE trains an adult (on German railways an adult is a person aged 15 and over) can take up to four children aged 6 - 14 with them at no additional charge.
  • Tickets need to be booked for children aged 0 - 5, but there is no charge for them.
  • Those aged 65 and over can take journeys at a discounted rate.
  • Dogs, which are too large to be placed in pet carriers, require tickets which cost 50% of the adult rate.

When booking both types of the discounted 'Sparpreis' tickets seat reservations are an optional extra, so need to be added when booking if you want an assigned seat(s).

On this journey

Journey Features


Good to Know

On departure from the stations in Basel this train heading to Praha will be joined to another train heading to Berlin, so if you see a train heading to Berlin on the departure screens, the info will also apply to this train.

This train also conveys seated accommodation which is in effect an Intercity train that is attached to this train.

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