Basel / Bâle to Dijon by train

How to take the rail journey from north-west Switzerland to Burgundy



From Basel SBB/Bâle CFF to Dijon-Ville

Travel Information

Final Destination: Paris Gare de Lyon

All trains also call at: Mulhouse-Ville

Current timetable
3 x trains per day

Usual timetable:
Mon-Fri = 5 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 4 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: Around 105 days ahead of the travel date.
Yes this does seem random and apologies for not being more precise, but there doesn't seem to a firm rule for when tickets will be released for this journey.

When looking for tickets on Oui.SNCF tick the 'direct trains' box, on Trainline tick the 'fastest journeys' box.
On Oui.SNCF select 'Bâle (Basel)' as the depart station.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
There can be particularly big discrepancies per train on this route.

If tickets aren't on sale yet for your travel date, then this is a journey for which it's worth signing up to the ticket availability notification service on Oui.SNCF.
Do that and you'll receive an email within moments of the tickets being released for sale.
It's worth making an effort as this is a journey on which the very cheapest tickets tend to sell out particularly fast.

Travelling with a rail pass
This is one of the relatively rare routes on which the mandatory reservation fees are comparatively very expensive compared to the distance travelled.
It's also a route on which avoiding paying any additional rail pass fees at all is impractical, but it's possible to save more than €10 by taking a TER train from Basel to Mulhouse and connecting there for a TGV train on to Dijon.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Happy rail from €34 (in £s)

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.

Trainline from €34

Trainline Guide

SNCF Connect from €34

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

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