Basel - getting there by Mark Sukhija

By plane

The cringingly named Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is actually built in France around 4 km from Basel. The airport is connected to Basel itself a customs-free road. Several major airlines serve the airport and EasyJet is building up a larger base in Basel.

Car rental is available but if you're staying in the city itself you're better off taking taxi or the bus no. 50 from outside the arrivals area. The bus will take you to to the Basel SBB train station which is well connected to the rest of the city through an excellent system of public transport.

If taking the bus, you must get a two-zone ticket from the bus stop which will cover you for the trip from the Airport to Basel itself and for a bus/tram ride within the city which means you don't need to buy another seperate ticket for the journey to whereever you're actually staying.

Hotels, more often than not, offer a free mobility pass, which includes bus transport to and from the airport. These are usually valid for the entire period that you're staying at the hotel.

By train

Basel has two main train stations - Basel SBB and the Basel Badischer Bahnhof (often abbreviated to Basel Bad Bf). Basel SBB is south of the town centre in Grossbasel while the Badischer Bahnhof is north of Kleinbasel on the opposite side of the Rhine from Basel SBB.

Basel SBB station serves Swiss Federal Railways and French SNCF - border control seperates the two sections of the station. Most German Deutsche Bahn trains arrive in the Basel Badischer Bahnhof - which is actually part of Germany - although intercity trains may also arrive on the Swiss side of Basel SBB.

International train connections include:

  • an ICE high speed train link from Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin)
  • fast trains from Paris, Strasbourg, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Brussels, Milan.
  • night trains from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Rome and other cities in France, Germany and Italy.

By tram and bus

Basel can be reached internationally by tram. Tram number 10 runs through the French community of Leymen to Basel SBB.

Bus number 55 also runs to Haltingen and Weil am Rhein in Germany.

By boat

The Rhine is navigable to Basel. During the summer, ships operate on the Rhine from Amsterdam. Intermeadiate stops are made.

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Further reading

Basel Fasnacht - display of Fasnacht lanterns - Lanterns of Basler Fasnacht being displayed in Münsterplatz

Basel - great things to do - 8 of the best things to do in and around the city of Basel

Switzerland - sacred destinations - Nine of the finest churchs, cathedrals and monastries in Switzerland

Basel Fasnacht - lanterns at Münsterplatz - Lanterns displayed in front of the Basler Münster on the second day of Basler Fasnacht

Basel - Van Gogh exhibition 2009 - A visit the Van Gogh Exhibition at the Kunstmuseum in Basel

Basel SBB - Deutsche Bahn train - A Deutsche Bahn train sits at the Basel SBB train station

Switzerland - festivals not to miss - Fantastic Swiss festivals to visit through the year

Liestal - Chienbaese 2013 - The Chienbaese procession through the central Altstadt of Liestal

Liestal - Chienbäse - Chienbäse being paraded through the old town of Liestal

Liestal - Chienbäse fire - Chienbäse fire being paraded in Liestal

Basel Tourismus - Official website of Basel City Tourism

About Mark Sukhija

Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook