Arrive in Basel just 7 hours after leaving London St.Pancras
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.
HOW TO BOOK
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.
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.
LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE WORK
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.
Go from the champagne bar of St Pancras to the heart of Paris in under three hours.
Check-in at The Eurostar terminal is smooth and simple, with e-ticket machines and a brisk security scan. Queues are usually short, though there may be a slight delay at rush-hour and weekends.
Check-in is open until 30 minutes before departure, and once checked in, there is a large passenger lounge with wifi and plug sockets, shops and cafes including WH Smith and Costa Coffee and comfortable seating, with a travelator which delivers passengers directly to the platform, and makes it easy to manoeuvre luggage. There’s also a lift if you prefer.
There is a buffet car on board the train, and an optional executive upgrade means food service at your table, a quieter carriage, more spacious seats and a plug socket and free wifi.
The Eurostar sets off from the beautifully refurbished St Pancras station, speeds through the countryside and takes just twenty minutes to dash through the Channel Tunnel and emerge in France. The journey is deceptively fast- the comfortable train rockets trough Kent, beneath the channel and emerges in France in the time it takes to queue at an airport.
Leave in the morning and the Eurostar will pull into the Gare Du Nord two hours and fifteen minutes later, in time for lunch.
Take the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Cross from Gare Du Nord by RER ( click here ) to Gare De Lyon and take the connecting TGV Lyria train to Basel. The TGV service is superfast and the interiors were designed by Christian Lacroix. Once you've arrived transfer to your hotel and get on with enjoying Basel.
Days 1 - 4
Spend the day in Basel. Click here to visit our page on Basel for some suggestions based on what we found when we visited. It's a very easy city to get around, with a delightful old town and a river that provides great views back to the city.
If you're coming from Gare de Lyon (or Gare D'Austerlitz and Gare Montparnase) you'll need at least 90 minutes to allow for check-in time at Gare du Nord. Gare De L'Est is much closer, just a 10 minute walk.
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