How to take the stunning rail journey from Basel to Locarno, where a simple connection is available with the Centovali Railway

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Basel / Bâle to Locarno by train

There is a choice of two travel options when taking the train across Switzerland from Basel to Locarno.

  1. The service of direct trains has been restored, though they are also the slowest option as they take, the older, but much more beautiful route.

  2. The quicker option is to take an express train to Bellinzona and make a simple connection there into a local train on to Locarno.

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

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: taking the direct trains
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 21min



Travel Info

1 x train every other hour

Route Information

Via stations: Bellinzona

Option 2: faster, but indirect
Travel Time (approx)

3hr 25min



Travel Info

1 x connection every other hour

These fast trains typically depart Basel in the hours when the direct trains aren't available.

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