London to Basel By Train


Arrive in Basel just 7 hours after leaving London St.Pancras

London - Paris - Basel - Paris - London

From 4 days From £115
Get to Basel without flying. By train you can leave London in the morning and arrive in Basel in the evening. You take a TGV train, a modern hi-speed service, which makes this journey simple and relaxing. A weekend in Basel by train is definitely possible...

Enjoy superfast trains from Paris to Basel, a cosmopolitan city which sits on the border of Switzerland, France and Germany. It has a charming old town, great riverside walks and excellent restaurants, bars and shops. It's a simple journey by train, avoiding all the hassle of having to get to an airport, baggage allowance, searches and extra taxes. It's also a much more environmentally safer way to travel than flight.

There are several direct TGV Lyria services a day between Paris and Basel. The trains are modern, with interiors designed by Christian Lacroix. Basel is a compact city and so getting to your hotel from the station will not take long.

If you take a morning train from London St.Pancras and an afternoon return service from Basel it's possible to do this trip in 3 days and still enjoy the city.

You could also depart from London in the afternoon and stay an extra night in Basel, or stopover in Paris, if you need more time to reach London before beginning your holiday.

If you'd like to book the trip by yourself we've set out below a guide to help. The earlier you book train tickets, the cheaper the prices.

Direct trains between Paris and Basel run every 2 hours until 16.23 and and so you're free to choose which connecting Eurostar service you'd like to take. There are also options to change at Strasbourg, adding around 40 mins to your journey.

Train timetables may vary in summer and winter (changes occur in December and June) so always check.



Firstly book your ticket between Paris and Basel ( up to 90 days in advance), VOYAGES SNCF often have deals on first class, so check this as meals are included. Then, having bought your ticket for Paris- Zurich, visit the EUROSTAR site and book between London and Paris.

Eurostar also has the facility to book all the way through to Switzerland, so check the prices here first. They are sometimes a few pounds cheaper ( eg 135 as opposed to 141 for the 11.31 train 3 months in advance).

Booking.Com has a pretty comprehensive variety of hotels. There's a free cancellation policy, the reviews are very useful and the prices appear to be the best available. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEIR BASEL HOTELS.

You can also try LATEROOMS and HOME AWAY for self-catering options. 

We've made our suggestions for hotels in Basel at the bottom of the page.


Depart London - Paris - Basel

10.25 - 16.23 - 19.26 (1 change in Paris )

13.31 - 18.23 - 21.26 (1 change in Paris )

Return Basel - Paris - London

10.34 - 16.39 (1 change in Paris )

12.34 - 18.30 (1 change in Paris )

14.34 - 20.39 (1 change in Paris )

If you're travelling to other destinations in Switzerland visit the Swiss Travel System site for your Swiss pass.


We suggest that you contact Ffestiniog Travel if you wish to have someone take care of all the arrangements, so that you don't have to. They give excellent advice and will have the best prices for hotels. Details in the blue box on the right of this page. Quote RRS for the best deals.


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