Basel, Swizterland - Munster Cathedral

Flights to Basel (BSL)

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Basel travel information

Basel river and buildings

Basel, is a Swiss city located in north-western Switzerland on the banks of the Rhine, where the Swiss, German and French borders meet. It's the third largest city in the country after Zürich and Geneva. Along with Zürich and Geneva, Basel is one of the cities in the world with the highest standards of living. It has a youthful vibe, with modern architecture, galleries, sculptures dotted around the cobbled streets and home to tennis star Roger Federer. Be sure to stroll along the city's blue waters on the Rhine River, visit heritage sites such as the Old Town, the Basel Cathedral and the city hall. It's well worth spending a few days exploring.

When to visit

Basel is blessed with plenty of sunshine, making summer (July to August) the best time to visit. During summer temperatures average around 18°C to 20°C, making it a perfect time to sunbake along the Rhine River. If you visit in August, you can join in the annual swim festival. Winters are cool, but with less rain making it an ideal time to enjoy the museums. Temperatures range around 2°C to 6°C.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL)Opens in a new tab or window. It is an international airport which serves the cities of Basel (Switzerland), Mulhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany), located in the municipality of Saint-Louis in France, nearby German and Swiss boundaries. BSL Airport is quite exceptional. It's located in both French and Swiss territory, 4 km northwest of Basel city centre.

Arriving in Basel

The helpful staff at Basel Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.         

Getting into Basel from Basel Airport         

There are various convenient transport options available at Basel Airport, making travelling into the city centre easy. Choose from bus, taxi, hotel transfer or car hire. By BVB bus line 50 you can get to the Basel train station in town around 20 minutes. Buses are located outside the airport terminal. There is no train station at the airport, though you can take a bus or taxi to the train station in Basel with trains to Switzerland, France, Germany and Saint Louis. Taxi is a convenient way to travel and you can quickly get to Basel in 12 minutes, depending on the traffic. Car hire is available and a good way to explore the regions surrounding the city.

Getting around Basel

With a range of transport options available at Basel Airport, travelling into the city centre is easy. Choose from tram, bus, ferry, taxi, bike, car hire or Uber. Trams and buses operate frequent and reliable services throughout the city centre. There are ferries that cross the Rhine between the city's bridges. It's easy to see Basel's main attractions on foot, especially around the Old Town. Basel is a bike friendly city with many well marked bike lanes, it’s easy to rent a bike to explore the city. Taxis are easy to find or you can book an Uber. It's possible to hire a car, though the streets can be confusing in the city, as they are shared with trams and parking can be tricky.

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