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Basel to Interlaken Train: All You Need To Know 

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Many tourists visit Interlaken, Switzerland because it is an excellent starting point for exploring the Bernese Oberland region. Because of its convenient location for hiking, adventure, and trips, tourists usually stay here for several days or even longer. This article will provide all the information you need about traveling by train from Basel to Interlaken.

Basel to Interlaken
Image of Interlaken by TouringSwitzerland.com

Inevitably, logistics are a concern. In particular, train travel in Switzerland has a few specifics for those who plan to use it. How can I get from Basel to Interlaken? Do the trains offer scenic views? How much are the tickets?

On this page, you can find all the information you need regarding the train journey from Basel to Interlaken.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

You can start by visiting the SBB website: www.sbb.ch. Using the website, you can type in your departure and arrival destinations. It will then guide you to where and when you need to be. An app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

If you wish to pay half the fare for all your train rides in Switzerland, a Half Fare Discount Card (1-month validity) is available on www.sbb.ch. This allows you to travel for half the price on all SBB routes and most other railways during the duration of your discount card.

Using the Swiss Pass, you get unlimited travel by train, bus, and boat in Switzerland. Over 500 museums are also free or discounted, and there are free or discounted excursions to mountain summits.

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How to Get From Basel to Interlaken

Basel to Interlaken
Image of Basel’s Train Station by TouringSwitzerland.com

Basel Train Station to Interlaken

Interlaken is best reached by taking the direct train from Basel to Interlaken.

There will be stops in Olten, Bern, Thun, and Spiez before it reaches Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost. Get off in either Interlaken West or Interlaken Ost.

Basel Airport to Interlaken via Bern

From Basel Airport, you can take the bus that will take you from Basel EuroAirport to Basel Train Station (Basel, Bahnhof SBB). After reaching Basel Train Station, simply look for the direct train that will bring you to Interlaken Ost.

  1. Take the Intercity train or Interregio train to Bern.
  2. In Bern, take the Intercity train to Interlaken West / Interlaken Ost.

Are There Direct Trains From Basel to Interlaken?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there are two direct trains per hour from Basel to Interlaken.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Basel to Interlaken?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Basel to Interlaken (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (Fastest Connection)
Basel – Interlaken Ost (Direct)2 hours 2 minutes
Basel – Interlaken West (Direct)1 hour 54 minutes
Basel Airport – Basel – Interlaken Ost2 hours 25 minutes
Basel Airport – Basel – Interlaken West2 hours 18 minutes

Is the Train Route From Basel to Interlaken Scenic?

Train Route: Basel – Interlaken Ost

Image of Basel Minster byTouringSwitzerland.com

Intercity trains from Basel to Interlaken are not scenic trains. There are fast trains that travel from one big city to another, whose main purpose is to transport passengers as quickly as possible.

During the ride, you can still see the scenery, but it won’t be slow and steady like other scenic trains.


How Much Will the Train Ticket From Basel to Interlaken Cost?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the train ticket prices from Basel to Interlaken:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Basel – Interlaken Ost / West64.0032.00
Basel Airport – Basel – Interlaken Ost / West70.6035.30

As you can see, if you avail of the Half Fare Travel Card, you can save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is something to consider during your travel to Switzerland. You can do simple calculations and decide from there if it will be worth it for you.


Do You Need a Seat Reservation on the Train?

No, there is no need to reserve a spot on the train. But you can always add this option if that is your wish.

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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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