AIRPORT, IMPORTANT INFORMATION and MAPS
Taxi to Basel = 30 CHF.
Swiss public transportation is economical, efficient, frequent, fast and punctual. It is a pleasure to us! Types of transport available typically include: street trams, buses, local light rail, and both inter-city and European network trains. In some areas ferries, steamships and special cogwheel trains are also included in the public network.
The "TNW Tram- und Buslinien für Basel und Umbgebung" is a schematic map of tram and bus routes for Basel and its outlying suburbs. It can be obtained free of charge at two central locations:
a) the Barfüsserplatz tram ticket counter behind the magazine kiosk in the heart of old Basel, or
b) the information desk at the main train station (SBB Hauptbahnhof) just beyond the Hilton Hotel.
Basic information about fares appears in English on the back of the brochure along with telephone numbers and information offices where more details can be had. You can also buy your tickets at these locations.
A number of possibilities exist for price reductions on public transport systems. These range from annual half-fare and family passes to multi-journey, 1-day or 1-month cards for residents and visitors alike. Ask at the information counter in the main train station or at the Basel Tourist Office (Basel Tourismus) at the Schifflände near the Three Kings Hotel for details. A number of special offers occur throughout the year which are not generally promoted outside Basel.
Addresses for car drivers:
Basel-Stadt: Department of Motor Vehicles (Motorfahrzeugkontrolle BS), Clarastrasse 38, 4058 Basel,
Tel.: (41) (61) 267 82 03, Hours: 7.30-12.00h and 13.30-16.00h weekdays
Basel-Land: Department of Motor Vehicle (Motorfahrzeugkontrolle BL), Ergolzstrs. 1, 4414 Füllinsdorf, Tel: (41) (61) 906 77 77.
Motorfahrzeugprüfstation beider Basel: Reinacherstrasse 40, 4142 Münchenstein, Tel.: (41) (61) 416 4646
SBB train station
The Bahnhof Basel SBB or Zentralbahnhof (Central station) is switzerlands second largest train station (the biggest one would be Zurich Main Station) and has another speciality: it has like the airport two parts: one swiss, one french. That french part is also called Basel SNCF. To get there, you have to pass through customs.
Trains that go to French destinations start in the french part of the train station. Trains for destinations in Switzerland from the swiss part. If you go to german destinations, you will also start here, but some more regional trains to Germany go from Basels other train station, the Badischer Bahnhof (I will add a tip later)
The facade that you can see in the picture is neo baroque and was built between 1905 and 1907.
Behind said facade a lot of things have changed, though. A lot was renovated and modernised. The complex can be found under the name "rail city Basel" in the net. It offers 24 hours shopping, a pharmacy, toilets, showers, luggage storage, bike rental etc etc
The train station has a big car park, a parking special for bicycles (better use them, wrong parked bicycles will be taken away by the police, locked or not). The following trams and buses go through the huge tram station in the front: 1,2,3,8,10,11, also the buses 30 and 50.
Bus 50 is the one that brings you to/from the airport.
Cycling in Basel
1. Bicycle route signs on the Rhine River
2. My rental bike by the Rhine, across the river from the Museum Tinguely
3. Cyclist near Schifflände
4. Cyclist at Fischmarkt
At last count 23 % of the journeys within the city of Basel were done by bicycle -- a very good percentage compared with Frankfurt's 9 % for example, though Amsterdam has around 30 % and Copenhagen nearly 40 %.
Basel's train stations
Basel has two train stations, the larger Basel SBB is the main Basel station. But there is also the smaller Basel Badischer Bahnhof, run by Deutsche Bahn. This station hosts many German Trains that don't stop at Basel SBB. Badisher is where you'll see the smiling German customs agents when you return to der Vaterland. :)
You can rent bicycles at Basel SBB.
Renting cars from Basel Mulhouse Airport
EAsyjet flies to Basel Mulhouse airport which is excellent as not only is it an airport that shares 2 countries - ie you can exit into Switzerland or France which is extremely useful for renting a car in winter when you want winter tyres (France doesnt do them at that location but Switzerland does of course because theyre compulsory! and were cheaper!) - and its in a stunning location to go up around the beautiful Alsace area or over into the sites of Switzerland.
The two options I consider for renting cars here are with www.easycar.com or www.auto-europe.com (who usually contract to Europcar which are great for rental extensions or changing return locations).
When dropping the car back at Geneva airport which also shares the two countries you must make sure you get back to the correct side's rental car return whereas Basel Mulhouse airport is so much smaller its less time consuming and not as much a problem finding where to go.
It was also handy another time because Basel Mulhouse is so close to the main access freeway that I was able to pull in and change my ticket with Easyjet so that I could have another day and continue on down to Geneva and fly to Berlin from there instead plus drop the car there!
- Historical Travel
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- Road Trip
Airport Shuttle Bus
The Airport Shuttle Bus provides regular transport between Basel's Euroairport and the city's central Swiss/French railway station.
Bus number 50 leaves from directly outside the arrivals hall approximately every 15 minutes during the day.
Tickets can be purchased either from the foreign exchange counters in the airport or from ticket machines on the platform at the bus stop.
As at April 2007, a one way ticket cost 3.80 CHF.
The journey between the airport and the railway station takes approximately 15 minutes, and stops at the following points along the way:
Euroairport - Frachthalle - Fr. Miescher-Strasse - Im Wasenboden/Bhf St Johann - Kannenfeldplatz - Brausebad - Bahnhof SBB (Swiss/French railway station).
As at April 2007, buses ran as follows:
Airport to Railway Station
Mon - Fri: Approximately every 10-15 minutes from 5:20am to 11:55pm
Saturdays: Approximately every 15 minutes from 5:15am to 11:55pm
Sun + Hols: Approximately every 15 minutes from 5:09am to 11:55pm
Railway Station to Airport
Mon - Fri: Approximately every 10-15 minutes from 4:55am to 10:25pm
Saturdays: Approximately every 15 minutes from 4:55am to 11:25pm
Sun + Hols: Approximately every 15 minutes from 4:55am to 11:25pm
All luggage is put into a trailer that is attached to the back of the bus.
My return journey from the railway station to the airport was free, as it was covered by the free public transport pass that I received as a guest at the hotel in which I stayed (Schweizerhof Hotel - see hotel tip for more details).
One quirky fact about the journey between the airport and the railway station is that despite being only a 15 minute journey (and only a handful of miles), it involves crossing the Swiss-French border, as Basel's airport is actually located in neighbouring France. Blink and you'll miss the border crossing - it is marked only by a roadside sign as you exit a small roundabout.
Ferry 'cross the Rhine
There are a series of four ferries that make up the Faehri-Verein system of Basel. The ferry names are "Wilde Maa" @ St. Alban, "Leu" @ Münster, "Ueli" @ St. Johann and "Vogel Gryff" @ Klingental. These ferries have basically been plying the Rhein for over 150 years, and the technology is a bit unique. The boats require no motor, as they are drawn across the river by a hydraulic pully on a cable + the use of a keel to maintain the direction and orientation of the boat. It all had a pleasant "Huckleberry Finn" feel to it, for me anyway.
The cost for crossing is between 0.80 and 1.60 Swiss Francs, depending on which ferry crossing you're using. The crossing itself takes maybe five minutes and offers a wonderful view of the Rhein's path through the heart of Basel.
For more information from the ferry authority, check the numbers and website below. The mailing address for the authority is:
Fähri Verein Basel
MYNDO tells me that you can actually rent one of the ferries for weddings and such. There is mention of such an option on the company website.
Trams and Buses in Basel
An effective and efficient way to get around in Basel is to buy yourself a daily tram ticket. Trams are clean and timely and everywhere, as are the buses. Tickets can be purchased at automats near bus stations, stops and at the train stations. My day-long ticket cost 14 Swiss Francs, and special thanks to MYNDO for covering that purchase. (I had no Francs, only Euros having just arrived from Germany).
Single ride tickets are available, but if you're going to be riding more than a couple of times, you want a day ticket. You can also get 2, 3, 4, and (I think) 7 day tickets.
I understand that if you stay in a hotel in Basel, a free "Basel Mobility" card may be included with your stay. Supposedly, this card will give you free access to the trams and buses. But, this I do not know for sure. Check with your hotel, if you're staying at a hotel.
And, these tickets are very effective regional transportation as well. I do know that we used my ticket when we took a 30 minute bus ride from downtown Basel to the village of Muttenz, where MYNDO and her family live.
For more information on Basel transportation, please visit their website below. You may have to find a friend who can translate if you don't "do" Deutsch. Thankfully, I am able to read the language myself. I have not yet found the/an English version of the site.
Traveling by tram
Unambiguous long-distance traffic device the railroad on all of Switzerland's area, onto so much daily in the Basel peoples' life the traveling by tram.
If somebody would ask me, what I liked the best in Basel, I would emphasize certainly firstly the pleasant airy downtown and the many romantic pedestrian precincts being free of the traffic jams, parking cars.
Totally usual, that the big part of the city dwellers walks rather or travels by tram, just in that manner the tourists, since a free Basel ticket goes with all hotel rooms automatically.
- Family Travel
Mobility.ch: Hourly car rental
Switzerland provides a unique service in car rentals.
By joining for a very small fee, you can rent a car for only some hours and then return it. They have over 1700 locations throughout Switzerland as well as their own parking places which is free.
It is very good to know about this should you ocassionally wish to rent a car for 8 hours of less instead of taking the train.
To reduce the cost of the mobility membership fee which is very low all by itself, you can join migros-culumlus.ch. See www.migros.ch
You must fill out the form at the store and they will return it to you with your membership number via the Swiss Post.
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
Basel airport, also known as Euroairport, lies 9km north-west of the city, within French territory; it is connected to Switzerland by a land corridor. There are exits from the airport baggage hall to both Switzerland and France; make sure you take the Swiss one.
Bus 50 runs between the airport and Basel's main station - Bahnhof SBB - every eight minutes during the day, less frequently in the evening, for a fare of Sfr 3.80; this also covers connecting bus or tram services elsewhere in the city for two hours after you buy the ticket. Duration of ride 20 minutes.
In the city, the flat fare is Sfr3, but many visitors do not need to pay; most journeys (including the one back to the airport) is covered by the Mobility Card, a free public transport pass given to guests in every hotel for the duration of their stay.
- Hiking and Walking
- Business Travel
THE FEW TIMES THAT I HAVE TRAVELED TO BASEL TO LISTEN TO JAZZ..MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE PARKED THE CAR AND TAKEN THE TRAM TO THE CLUB...SURE MAKES IT CONVENIENT TO GET AROUND THE CITY. Basel has an extensive public transportation network serving the city and connecting to surrounding suburbs. The green-colored local trams and buses are operated by the BVB (Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe). KKurzstrecke ADULT 1.90 CHILD 1.40
1 Zone ADULT 3.00 CHILD ( 6 TO 16 YEARS) 2.00
2 Zonen ADULT 3.80 CHILD (6 TO 16 YEARS) 2.40
We booked a flight from Berlin Schönefeld to Basel (check-in Swiss sector) with Easyjet. We paid 47 Euros for 2 people and the flight time is a little more than 1 hour.
(Photo was provided for free download on the easyjet website. Copyright © 1997-2004 easyJet airline company ltd.)
BASEL AIRPORT by the CHEAPEST BUS
You can take the bus 30 or 50 from the train station.
Bus 50 is better.
Rate = 3.80 CHF on Aug 2004.
Buy the ticket at the machine (2 zones).
Do not forget your passport or your ID.
TAXI +41 61 222 2222
You can go by taxi. Rate: 30 CHF (nov 2004)
RESTAURANT, Floor 5th
SFR WIFI : OK
BUS 50 , every 15 minutes (30mn / Sat) , 3.60 CHF
BUS Mulhouse, 8 Euros
BUS Freiburg, 15 Euros
SWISS Intl. +41 848 85 20 00
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