Basel SBB station has easy access to and from the trains

How to take the rail journey from Bern to Basel

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Bern to Basel / Bâle by train

Bern and Basel are comparatively close to each other, so it's no surprise that they are connected by express trains which typically depart twice per hour until laate

What is unusual about this route is that it's also taken by two international services:
(1) the ICE trains and a daily EC which travel beyond Basel to Germany;
(2) EC trains from Italy which are heading to Basel.

These international services are slotted into the timetable, so in effect their departures are substitutes for the SBB IC trains, which comprise most of the services.

However, when booking tickets for these express trains, or using rail passes on this route within Switzerland, it doesn't matter whether you take an Swiss express IC train, or one of these international trains; it is the demand per departure which impacts on the ticket prices and not the type of train being used.

Routes you can take to go from Bern to Basel / Bâle

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Travel Time (approx)

56 min



Travel Info

2 x trains per hour until 21:40 then 1 x train per hour
Final departure typically at 23:36

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