Basel / Bâle to Brig / Brigue by train

How to take the rail journey from Basel to Brig, where connections are available towards Andermatt



From Basel SBB/Bâle CFF to Brig

Travel Information

Final Destination: Brig (the IC trains), Milano (the EC trains)

Connect at Brig for MGB trains to Morel, Betten, Andermatt, Oberwald and Disentis/Muster.

All trains also call at: Thun and Spiez (connect for trains to Zweissimen; from where you can take trains to Montruex via Gstaad; and trains to Visp on the more scenic route via Kandersteg) and Visp (connect for Zermatt)

These direct trains typically depart from Basel in even hours only.
On most departures the train will be an IC train; the double deck IC trains are used on this route - the brand new LD/Twindexx trains should be gradually introduced to this route during 2022.

However, on some departures, an EC train heading to Milano replaces the IC train.
If possible avoid the EC trains as they're busier.

Set off from Basel in odd hours and you will have to make a change of trains in Bern; though those connections with a change of train can be cheaper.

1 x train every other hour


Book early and save: Yes - If you book Supersaver tickets (more info is available on the SBB ticket guide below)

You may need to search through the departures to find them using the ‘earlier’ and ‘later’ buttons; the Supersaver tickets tend to sell out particularly quickly on this route.

Online bookings open: up to two months ahead of the travel date

Try and be flexible with your departure and arrival times, book as near to 60 days ahead as possible and don't be overly concerned whether you will be taking an IC or EC train (though on this route taking an indirect journey can be a money saver; and the IC trains tend to cheaper than the EC trains.

If you will be making a day trip to Brig from Basel, be open to the possibility that Saver Day Passes are likely to be a cheaper option than booking return tickets.

Seat reservations:

Seat reservations are optional on Swiss IC trains; and for the journey by EC trains as it's wholly within Switzerland, so seats won't be automatically assigned when booking online.
You can book reservations online, AFTER you have booked a ticket, by using the SBB (Swiss national railways) seat reservation service OR request and pay for a reservation when booking at a station ticket office.

Travelling with a rail pass:

Rail pass users can jump on any train, without having to make reservations.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

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Trainline Guide

Happy rail *

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

The trains on this journey reverse direction at Bern

Journey description:

Now that these trains use the Lotschberg Base Tunnel this journey is not as scenic as it once was.
But from the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) there are views over the Thunersee between Thun and Speiz.

The trains on this journey reverse direction at Bern so when boarding in Basel take a seat on the right hand side if you want to see these views of the Thunersee.

On departure from Thun station...

...and then on departure from Speiz station...

... though these videos were taken from a train travelling in the opposite direction, but they showcase how fine the views can be on a sunny day...

Then after exiting the Lotschberg Base Tunnel, the train will travel through a steep valley for the final part of the journey on to Visp and Brig.

If you're travelling with a rail pass, an option is to leave these trains at Spiez, in order to connect into Lotschberger trains, which do still take the much more scenic older route to Brig via Kandersteg.

The view over the Thunersee on a grey day The view over the Thunersee on a grey day
Approaching Spiez station in better weather Approaching Spiez station in better weather
Heading south from Spiez Heading south from Spiez
Approaching the new Lotschberg Tunnel Approaching the new Lotschberg Tunnel
Between the tunnel and Visp at dusk Between the tunnel and Visp at dusk
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