Basel lies in the heart of Europe, on both banks of the Rhine. The city is the centre of the idyllic Three-Country Corner of France, Germany and Switzerland – lying between the Swiss Jura, Germany’s Black Forest and the Vosges in Alsace.

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By air

The EuroAirport links Basel to the rest of Europe. Travellers arriving by air can benefit from the straightforward service and proximity to the city centre.
The city (Swiss/French railway station) is to be reached within 15 mins by bus no. 50 which runs four times an hour.

By car

From Switzerland

Exit Basel City (A2 motorway)

From Germany

Basel/Weil customs point (A5/E35 motorway), Otterbach crossing (Weil), Friedlinger crossing (at Rhine Port Kleinhüningen), four crossing points in Riehen: Riehen/Weilstrasse, Riehen/Stetten, Riehen/Inzlingerstrasse, Riehen/Grenzacherstrasse

From France

Basel/St. Louis customs point (A35 motorway), Hüninger crossing, Burgfelder crossing (incoming only), Hegenheimer crossing, Allschwilerstrasse crossing

Speed limits

• in built-up areas: 50 km/h
• outside built-up areas: 80 km/h
• motorways: 120 km/h


Sticker CHF 40.00 for one calendar year of unlimited driving on all Swiss motorways. Available from all customs posts, post offices, filling stations, garages, road traffic offices and Basel Tourismus.

Fuel prices

• Approx. CHF 1.55 – 1.70 per litre

By train

The Swiss SBB train station, the French SNCF station and the German Badischer station are all in the immediate vicinity of the city centre.

Frequent, modern trains link the three Basel stations with locations in Switzerland and all parts of Europe. For information on the best connections click here:

Trains from France and Switzerland arrive in the city at the SBB train station, the Basel Central Station. The SNCF station (arrivals from France) is in the immediate vicinity of the SBB station.

Travellers arriving by train from Germany can also alight at the Badischer Station, in the immediate vicinity of Messe Schweiz. The station is in Switzerland, but is German national territory.

Public Transport

The comprehensive system has over 384 stops, and carries guests to their destination quickly and comfortably by tram and bus – even over the border to Germany and France. You can find all the regional timetables for Basel and the region here:
Timetable for public transport
Timetable for BLT Baselland Transport
Route planner for the tri-national agglomeration of Basel

Mobility Ticket
Each guest staying in Basel receives a free Mobility Ticket when checking in. This allows free use of public transport in the city of Basel and its environs (zones 10, 11 and EuroAirport) for the entire duration of the stay (max. 30 days).
On the day of arrival, the reservation confirmation from the hotel guarantees a free transfer by public transport from the station or the EuroAirport to the hotel.
Cross the Rhine as it was done150 years ago: Four ferries ply from one bank of the Rhine to the other between the Rhine bridges. The ferries are powered solely by the natural current of the Rhine.