Another view of the main hall at Basel Bad bf station

How to take the rail journey from Frankfurt (Main) to north-west Switzerland

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Frankfurt to Basel / Bâle by train

These swish ICE trains provide an easily managed link between central Germany and the multiple Swiss destinations which can be easily accessed from Basel

Routes you can take to go from Frankfurt (Main) 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.

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Route Information

Travel Time (approx)

2hr 45min (approx)



Travel Info

Usual timetable:
1 x train per hour

Until March 1st:
Due to maintenance works on the high-speed route between Kassel and Frankfurt, the timetable is being amended during this period of time, which will alter the pattern of departures.
In even hours there will typically be two departures, but in odd hours there will be no departures, leaving gaps of around 1hr 15mins between trains.

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