Basel / Bâle to Klosters by train

How to take the beautiful rail journey from Basel to Klosters

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From Basel SBB/Bâle CFF to Klosters Platz

Journey Summary

Travel Time
from 2hr 53min
Frequency
Daily
Travel Information

Don't be put off by the length of the journey and the need to change trains, this is a fantastic journey, particularly once you have passed through Zurich.

The trains to Landquart depart from Basel at either 07 or 33 mins past each hour.
If the timings suit, the quickest connections in Landquart are possible if you can take the trains that leave at 33 mins past the hour.
Take these departures and connecting time between trains at Landquart station will be only 6 mins, but this is Switzerland, so making the connection in time is virtually guaranteed.

However, in order to make this optimum connection you'll need to have booked tickets for the end2end journey on SBB, or be travelling with a pass.
Six minutes is unlikely to be enough time, to book tickets for the RhB train to Klosters, on arrival in Landquart.

14  x connections per day

Change trains in: Landquart

Tickets

Booking Tickets:

SBB and Trainline will sell tickets for this end-to-end journeys which involve taking a SBB train + the train(s) on to Davos which are operated by RhB
‘Individual tickets’ can be used on any train(s) on your travel date, but they tend to be comparatively expensive.

'Supersaver tickets' are cheaper, because the portion of the journey by the SBB train can be discounted by up to 50%, but these tickets are train departure specific.
If you book a Supersaver ticket and a flight delay etc, causes you to miss a train you are booked on to, you will have to book another full-price ‘Individual Ticket(s).
You can then apply for a refund of the Supersaver ticket, but the application costs CHF 10.

Hence it’s worth comparing the ticket price of a journey with the price(s) e of Saver Day Passes (see below) – they might save you money and can also allow for a less stressful journey.

Using Saver Day Passes:

Now that the Swiss Transfer tickets have been discontinued a Saver Day Pass may save you money, if you can book at least a couple of weeks ahead (usually), so that you can obtain the pass at a discounted price.

They can be cheaper than tickets for the end-to-end journey, though they are more likely to be a money saver if you will be making a day return trip between Basel and Davos, even if you can book in advance.

They can be used on;

  • the trains between Basel and Landquart
  • the trains between Landquart and Davos

They are not train specific, so can still be used in the event of a journey to Switzerland being delayed.

Though as they’re only valid for one day’s travel, the clue is the name, you’ll need to purchase another Saver Day Pass for your return journey, if you'll be coming back to Basel at a later date,
However, they need to be booked at least a day ahead of your travel date, so won't be an option if you book tickets at the station on arrival in Switzerland.
They're also cheaper the further ahead that you book.

Additional Information:

More general info is available on our GUIDE to taking the train to Swiss Ski Resorts.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SBB *

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.

Trainline *

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.

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

These direct trains from Basel to Landquart (which are heading to Chur) are an exception to the standard 'clock-face' timetable which, Swiss national rail operator SBB uses for its other IC express train routes.
In some hours there are two trains from Basel to Landquart, in others there is just one and in a few hours there are none.
And this pattern of departures is random.

Also two of the late afternoon/evening departures are ICE-4 trains that are on route to Landquart from Germany, they substitute for the usual IC trains in the hours in which they operate.

The brand new LD/Twindexx trains are also gradually being introduced on this route.

Along the shore of the Zurichsee #2 Along the shore of the Zurichsee #2
Along the shore of the Zurichsee #3 Along the shore of the Zurichsee #3
Along the shore of the Zurichsee #4 Along the shore of the Zurichsee #4
Passing the Wallensee #1 Passing the Wallensee #1
Passing the Wallensee #2 Passing the Wallensee #2
Between Sargans and Landquart Between Sargans and Landquart

The highlights of this train ride occur after the train has departed from Zurich where these trains will reverse direction.

From the left of the train (when facing the direction) of travel, there are fabulous views over Lake Zurich for more than 20 minutes.

Then around 10 minutes after leaving Lake Zurich behind, an even more spectacular lake, the Wallensee can also be seen on the left, before the train arrives in Sargans.

Then finally between Sargans and Landquart there are distant views of the Alps from both sides of the train.

Train 2

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Landquart
Landquart
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Klosters
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Klosters Platz

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Davos Platz

All trains also call at: Küblis and Klosters Dorf*

*Remain on the train to Klosters Platz if you will be heading to the centre of Klosters or will be connecting to Gotschner cable car up to the Davos skiing area.

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