How to travel from Berlin to Basel by train

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Berlin to Basel / Bâle by train

There are direct day and night trains to choose from when travelling between Berlin and Basel.
By day you will be travelling on either ultra-smart ICE trains, or more basic Flix trains, but if you opt to travel overnight you won't miss out on seeing fabulous scenery; it's a pleasant but not spectacular journey,

Beds in sleeping cabins and bunks in couchettes are available on the overnight train.

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

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: Travel during the day on an ICE train
Travel Time (approx)

7hr - 7hr 15min (approx)



Travel Info

Mon-Fri: 7  x trains per day
Sat/Sun: 6 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 2: Travel during the day on a Flix train
Travel Time (approx)

7hr 45min (approx)


Not Every Day

Travel Info

This train does not depart Berlin on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Route Information

Option 3: Travel through the night on a Nightjet
Travel Time (approx)

10hr 5min



Travel Info

1 x train per night

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