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Dortmund - Basel Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 113 daily trains from Dortmund to Basel. Traveling by train from Dortmund to Basel usually takes around 6 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 5 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance273 mi (440 km)
Fastest train5h 6m
Lowest price£23.30
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines3

Which train should you take from Dortmund to Basel?

There are 3 train lines with service from Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia to Basel, Canton of Basel-City. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 72 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express216h 0m£69.85
Deutsche Bahn726h 56m£65.75
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company377h 14m£69.93

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Dortmund to Basel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Dortmund to Basel?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Dortmund to Basel. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Dortmund to Basel?

The distance between Dortmund and Basel is approximately 273 miles, or 440 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 6 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Dortmund to Basel are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Dortmund at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Dortmund to Basel?

There are 113 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Basel. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Basel to Dortmund. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Dortmund to Basel for £21.42.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Dortmund?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 12 stops and stations in Dortmund where you can board the train.

Train stations in Dortmund:

  • Dortmund-Kurl

  • Dortmund-Bövinghausen

  • Dortmund-Wickede

  • Dortmund-Wickede West

  • Dortmund-Lütgendortmund

  • Dortmund-Mengede

  • Dortmund-Nette/Oestrich

  • Dortmund-Sölde

  • Dortmund-Lütgendortmund Nord

  • Dortmund-Somborn

  • Dortmund-Asseln Mitte

Where is the train station in Basel?

Arrival stations

Basel has one train station.

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