Basel / Bâle to London by train

How to take a thrilling high speed rail journey from Basel to London

Connections are available at Basel SBB when travelling from a swathe of other Swiss destinations including Bern, Biel, Luzern and Interlaken.



From Basel SBB/Bâle CFF to London St Pancras International

Travel Information

Take this route via Paris and you will need to make the transfer between the Gare De Lyon, where the Lyria train will arrive, and the Gare Du Nord, from where the Eurostar will depart.

On the current adjusted timetables the first four departures of the day to Paris all connect into Eurostatr trains on to London, which depart from the Gare Du Nord 1hr 35 mins after the Lyria train will have arrived into the Gare de Lyon.
These schedules should ensure a comfortable transfer, as they have around 45mins of contingency time to allow for a delayed arrival into Paris, which is rare on this route, and if the trains are on schedule, you'll be in the Eurostar departure lounge around 30 mins before the train to London will be leaving.

The alternative route

A routing which is more than 2hr 30mins slower than travelling via Paris is available, but it avoids having to make a transfer across the French capital.
It is also a good option for users of Eurail and InterRail passes, because it avoids the comparatively expensive fees which rail pass users have to pay on the Lyria trains.
It involves taking:

  • the 13:13 ICE train from Basel to Koln
  • the 17:43 ICE train from Koln to Bruxelles-Midi
  • the 19:35 Eurostar from Bruxelles-Midi (1hr 20mins to make the transfer)
    Though this routing into the final connection of the day on from Bruxelles to London is dependent on making a 38 min transfer between trains at Koln Hbf, so the ICE from Basel will need to be there within 35 mins of its booked arrival.

4 x connections per day

Change trains in: Paris


Book Early And Save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead

Trainline will also sell journeys with alternative combinations of trains; so take care when booking.

If you want the simplest routing you're looking for the journeys with '1.correspon' that involve taking the TGV Lyria from Basel SBB*to Paris.
*Select Basel SBB when looking up this journey.

Though it's often cheaper to make an additional connection and travel via Strasbourg, because ticket prices for the TGV trains from Strasbourg to Paris tend to be much cheaper than the direct Lyria trains from Switzerland to Paris.

Eurostar does not sell tickets for this journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trainline from €79 app

Trainline Guide

SNCF Connect from €79 app

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

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Paris Lyon

All trains also call at: Mulhouse-Ville

Most trains also call at: Dijon-Ville

Journey Features

High Speed (total journey)

Good to Know

Final Destination: London St Pancras

Some trains also call at: Ashford International or Ebbsfleet International (these station calls are currently suspended_

Note that London is in a different time zone to mainland Europe, it is one hour behind, so when looking at a timetable the journey will look as though it's an hour shorter.


Eurostar requests that holders of Standard Class And Standard Premier tickets check-in a minimum of 30mins before departure, and 45mins before departure on weekends and holidays.
It is up to you to allow time to pass through check-in and board the train.
If you have a Business Premier ticket, Eurostar recommends that you only have to check-in 10 mins before departure.

At Gare Du Nord the check in and waiting area for the Eurostar (the 'Hall Du Londres') is at an upper level, above the main concourse.
The access to this upper level is some distance from the voie/platforms/tracks that the Eurostars depart from.
The escalators leading up to Eurostar departures are located at the rear wall of the station building, on the opposite side of the concourse to voies/platforms/tracks 14 - 15.

Between Lille and The Channel Between Lille and The Channel
Crossing the Medway Viaduct on a grey day Crossing the Medway Viaduct on a grey day
The view of the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge The view of the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge

It's not a scenic journey, but it is a journey with distinct phases and highlights:

1: There is little to see from the high speed lines in France, particularly after Lille (the trains to Paris will rush through Lille Europe station).

2: The train will slow down as it approaches The Channel Tunnel.

Announcements are no longer made that the train is about to enter the tunnel.

The journey through the tunnel will take around 22 mins.

3: As the train nears Ebbsfleet International station, comes the scenic highlight of the journey - the crossing of the River Medway on a high bridge.

4: After Ebbsfleet International (which can only be seen from the right) the train will enter a tunnel under the River Thames.

As the train exits this tunnel, from the left, the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge can be seen.

5: For most of the final 8 -10 mins of the journey the trains use tunnels to enter London (Stratford International station is located between the tunnels).

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