How to take either of the two options for making the journey from Basel to Bellinzona (fast or scenic)

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Basel / Bâle to Bellinzona by train

There are two different rail services available when taking a journey by train from Basel to Bellinzona.
No matter which train you take, you will be travelling on a lovely route, which will take you by four lakes; the Zurichsee, the Zugersee, the Lauerzersee and the Luzernsee.

Though south of Fluelen, on the shore of the Luzernsee, these two train services take different routes:

(1) The 'Traverso' (IR) trains still take the older 'classic' and much more spectacular route via Goschenen.
If you are new to Swiss rail travel, have the time available and the weather is behaving itself, taking these trains is the way to go.

(2) The express services, the IC and EC trains are faster, because they make use of the world's longest rail tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which by-passes the most beautiful section of that 'classic' route.
So these trains will get to Bellinzona quicker, but the journey won't be as wonderful!

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

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

Option 1: the more scenic route
Travel Time (approx)

3hr 57min



Travel Info

7 x trains per day

These trains typically depart every other hour, in the even hours

Route Information

Option 2: taking the faster trains
Travel Time (approx)

2hr 43min



Travel Info

6 x IC trains per day
2 x EC trains per day

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