Getting to Basel
Basel is situated in the heart of Europe, right in the tri-border region where Switzerland, Germany and France converge. Thanks to its manageable size and the excellent public transport network, it's quick and easy to get around the city.
If you are travelling by air, you can reach the city via EuroAirport or nearby Zurich Airport. It's very easy to plan your journey via the three railway stations and the major motorways. Cruise ships also travel down the Rhine to Basel every day.
Arrival by Plane
Travelling to Basel is fast and easy thanks to EuroAirport, which is located just 15 minutes from the city centre. It offers 500 scheduled and charter flights every week and more than 60 destinations to guarantee you a convenient arrival.
Just ten minutes’ drive from the city centre and well served by buses, the EuroAirport boasts more than 90 direct flights within Europe, North Africa, Canada and Russia. All other destinations can be reached via intercontinental hubs or nearby Zurich airport.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is jointly operated by France and Switzerland. Freiburg was recently added to its name to reflect its importance for southern Germany too.
Arrival by Train
Basel is an important interchange and transport hub and, with its three mainline train stations, offers excellent connections to all Swiss cities and the most important European metropolises. The Swiss Railway station (SBB), the French Railway station (SNCF) and the Badische Bahnhof, operated by German Railway (DB), are all conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Swiss Railway (SBB)
French Railway station (SNCF)
German Railway (DB)
Basel's railway stations enjoy frequent domestic and international services. Trains from France arrive at the French railway station, which is right next to the Swiss (SBB) station.
Guests travelling from Germany can choose whether to get off at Basel SBB or at the German station (Badischer Bahnhof) near the exhibition centre.
Arrival by Car
Basel is also easy to reach by car, as the city lies between the European north-south and east-west motorway junctions. Basel’s hotels and its car parks offer plenty of parking.
A vignette (toll road sticker) is required to use the Swiss motorway network. You can purchase it for CHF 40 at all customs offices, post offices, petrol stations, garages, road traffic offices and from Basel Tourism. Once you have arrived in the city, more than 4,000 parking spaces await you in Basel’s car parks.
Another option is to purchase a visitor parking ticket for a half or full day from a Basel Public Transport ticket machine. This entitles you to park in all the spaces in the blue zone in Basel and Riehen.
Mandatory use of lights for daytime driving
Since 1 January 2014, the use of daytime running lights or dipped headlights is mandatory in Switzerland even when driving during the day. This applies to all motor vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds.
Getting Around Basel
Exploring the City
You are sure to enjoy the fact that nothing is far away within Basel city. Here you can find out more about getting from A to B in Basel – whether on foot, by tram or bus, or with a taxi:
Exploring the City Details
Local Transport - Mobility Ticket
Every guest who stays in Basel receives a free Mobility Ticket when they check in, as long as their accommodation is officially registered.
Mobility Ticket Details
The Mobility Ticket enables guests to use public transport in the city of Basel and its surroundings free of charge (zones 10, 11, 13 and 15, including EuroAirport) for the duration of their stay (max. 30 days).