Information on Basel

Getting to Basel
Arrival by Plane
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
All of Basel's stations are frequented several times each day by trains arriving either from within Switzerland or abroad. Trains from France arrive at the French Railway station (SNCF), which is located directly beside the Swiss Railway station (SBB). Trains from Germany arrive either at the Swiss Railway station (SBB) or at the Badische Bahnhof, which is operated by German Railway (DB) and is located close to the trade fair centre.

Swiss Railway (SBB)
French Railway station (SNCF)
German Railway (DB)
TGV Europe

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, 13 and 15, inclusive EuroAirport) for the entire duration of the stay (max. 30 days).The reservation confirmation is valid for the use of public transport (2nd class) from EuroAirport or from the Basel rail stations (zones 10 and 13/EuroAirport) to the hotel on the day of arrival.

Banks and ATM’s
An ATM is located outside the Congress Center on the left hand of the main entrance. There are numerous banks located throughout the city of Basel. All banks offer an ATM service to withdraw Swiss francs (CHF) and Euros (EUR) by credit or debit card. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 12:00, and between 14:00 and 17:00. They are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Climate
The Central European continental climate bestows on the city mild average daytime temperatures of 10.3°C in spring, 18.8°C in summer, 10.5°C in autumn and 2.4°C in winter. The sun shines in Basel for 3,500 hours each year and average rainfall is a mere 90mm per month. The daytime temperature in the summer months can reach as high as 35°C, however low atmospheric humidity means that it is always very pleasant at even the highest of temperatures.

Currency
Switzerland's official currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Although Switzerland is not a member of the EU, prices are often quoted in Euros and payment in Euros is sometimes accepted. Foreign currency may be converted into Swiss Francs at all banks at the official rate quoted on the foreign exchange. Banks will offer the best exchange rates for foreign currency and for traveler’s cheques, but it's also possible to exchange currency at the city's major hotels, train stations and at the airport.

Electricity
Electrical current in Switzerland is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are of the linear, rounded three-pin type, but rounded two-pin plugs will fit the outlet.

Museums
Nearly 40 museums with world renowned exhibitions – this is unique in Switzerland and top class by international standards. With various themed areas, our museums offer something for every taste, and some have even written history. For example, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst was the first of its kind. And the Kunstmuseum Basel is regarded as one of the oldest public art collections in the world, After a major transformation it will be reopened in April 2016 and the new building will be another architectonic highlight in Basel cityscape.

For prices and opening hours please refer to the hotel reception or any tourist information office.

Public Transportation
The city of Basel and the surrounding area has an excellent public transport network that is known for its punctuality, short waiting times and modern vehicles. Basel's green and yellow trams have become an inseparable part of the cityscape. Together with the bus network, these ensure that the city's inhabitants and visitors alike can move themselves quickly and comfortably around the city and even across the border into the neighbouring countries of France and Germany. As a hotel guest in the city on the Rhine, you may also profit from the Basel Mobility Ticket, which allows you to use the public transport network for the entire duration of your stay.

Exploring the city by foot.
Thanks to its manageable size, a simple and uncomplicated way to explore the city is by foot. A perfect way to navigate the city is by making use of the blue destination boards, which can be found at all the most important locations in the city center. The destination boards display comprehensive maps of the city and can be found at the Swiss Railway station (SBB), the Badischen Bahnhof, Marktplatz, Messeplatz, Schifflände and at the zoo. There are also five tours of the Old Town, which are also well-marked by blue plaques, providing a wonderful opportunity of discovering the city by foot.

Restaurants and Nightlife
Basel excites the appetite
Here you will find an enormous selection, the offer ranges from small charming to highly decorated restaurants. Whether you fancy traditional food, gourmet creations or exotic specialities – Basel offers everything that the heart desires. As is well-known, the way to the heart is through the stomach.
Large variety for night owls
In Basel, you can party. Sophisticated bars, numerous clubs and cosy pubs promise unforgettable nights. You shouldn’t miss out on the Bar Rouge, where you can enjoy drinks and cocktails 105 metres above the ground.

Additional information can be found here: Where to eat in Basel

Shopping
If you want to go shopping in Basel, all you have to do is go into the Old Town. From the hustle and bustle of the Freie Strasse to the Marktplatz, from Spalenberg with its small boutiques and fine shops, such as the world famous Christmas tree decoration shop Johann Wanner, to Manor, the oldest department store of the city, you will find everything close at hand. Also in the quarters outside the city centre, you will find fantastic bargains in the design shops and galleries, for example at the St. Johann or in the Feldbergstrasse. Large shopping centres, such as RailCity in the Swiss Railway Station SBB which is open on Sundays too, offer immense variety.

Shops in the city centre are generally open from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 18:30 (until 20:00 on Thursdays) and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 17:00. Shops are closed on Sundays.

Taxis
There are taxi ranks dotted throughout the city centre. There are a number of taxi firms to choose from and as a visitor you are free to choose whichever you prefer. As a rough guide, from the city centre to selected destinations a taxi will cost approximately as follows:

EuroAirport CHF 40 Trade Fair centre (Messezentrum) CHF 15
Swiss Railway station (SBB) CHF 20 Fondation Beyeler, Riehen CHF 40
Badischer Bahnhof CHF 20 Border triangle CHF 25

 
Of course there may be surcharges for trips in the evening or on Sundays or public holidays.
Some of the taxi companies are:

  • 3er Taxi AG (+41 61 333 33 33)
  • Taxiphon Genossenschaft (+41 61 444 4444)
  • Enzo Taxi Basel (+41 79 533 44 44)
  • Mini-cab AG ( +41 61 777 77 77)

You can either call or book online.

Time Zone
Basel is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET), i.e. one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1 hour).