Train Paris Basel Timetables, journey times and prices for carefree travel

Do you love to be (well) prepared? We’re going to let you in on all our secrets, including train times, journey times and ticket prices.

Here’s everything you need to know to plan your trip to Switzerland’s cultural capital.

We offer a range of travel times to Basel to suit your schedule

Lying in the far north-west of Switzerland, bordering France and Germany, Basel is the country’s third-biggest city. Basel boasts a rich historical heritage, and is packed with culture and architecture, old and new.

With TGV Lyria departing every two hours (no less), it couldn’t be easier to get there.  

We’re sure you’ll find the perfect option from our six daily return services.

journey departure times TRAIN NO. duration  
Paris-Basel 07:22 TGV Lyria 9203 3:04 Book
Paris-Basel 10:22 TGV Lyria 9211 3:04 Book
Paris-Basel 12:22 TGV Lyria 9213 3:04 Book
Paris-Basel 14:22 TGV Lyria 9215 3:04 Book
Paris-Basel 16:22 TGV Lyria 9219 3:04 Book
Paris-Basel 18:22 TGV Lyria 9223 3:04 Book

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One train journey – five cities

Between Paris and Basel, TGV Lyria calls at Dijon, Belfort-Montbéliard TGV (depending on the train) and Mulhouse.

So yes, you'll get to see the changing landcape out of the train window. Keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the view.

What should I do in Basel?

Ready for a journey through history? Do a spot of time travel in Basel and explore the city’s eclectic architecture, from medieval monuments to modern masterpieces.

Music fan? Then you’ll love Basel’s vibrant and diverse live music scene. From classical concerts to rock gigs to musicals, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re not sure where to start when visiting Basel, just follow our guide! We’ve curated a list of our top spots in Basel.

Our tips for rooting out the best price for your ticket from Paris to Basel

Basel is a great year-round destination, even if you’re on a budget. With prices as low as EUR 49, it would be a shame to miss out. 

Here are three tips to find the best prices:

Want to find out more? Then head over to our Tickets and Fares page.

Four great reasons to choose TGV Lyria for Paris to Basel

For... high-speed travel between Paris and Basel

No, you’re not dreaming. You’re already there. Yep, Paris is just 3 hrs 4 mins from Basel.

The bonus is that you’ll get on at Paris Gare de Lyon, in the French capital’s 12th arrondissement, and arrive at Basel SBB station, right in the heart of the Swiss city.

For...travelling while staying connected

Sitting comfortably in your seat and connected to the on-board Wi-Fi, take advantage of the journey to answer your e-mails, watch a film or surf the Internet.

For... travelling with complete peace of mind

We know that your time is precious, so we guarantee an unrivalled punctuality rate of 88%*.

For... travelling with a low carbon footprint

It’s well known that travelling by train is better for the planet. By choosing TGV Lyria, you are choosing first and foremost an environmentally-friendly mode of transport.

Frequently asked questions

  • How many TGV Lyria services are there per day to Basel?

    There are six return services a day, Monday to Sunday, on the Paris-Zurich route, which includes a stop at Basel. Apart from the first train of the day, departures are every 2 hours from Paris Gare de Lyon station. This page displays all our train timetables.

  • How long is the train journey from Paris to Basel?

    The journey takes around 3 hours. The TGV Lyria covers the 600 km between Basel and Paris at a top speed of 320 km/h.

  • How much does a Paris–Basel ticket cost?

    On the Paris–Basel service, you have a choice of three classes: BUSINESS 1ERE, STANDARD 1ERE and STANDARD. TGV Lyria offers single tickets in STANDARD class from CHF 49 / € 49 all year round. 

  • What cities does the service call at?

    En route to Basel TGV Lyria calls at Mulhouse and, depending on the time of day, Dijon or Belfort-Montbéliard TGV station. The service terminates at Zurich.

Head for Basel!

Discover Switzerland’s cultural capital