How to Reach Basel


By Air: The Basel airport is actually built on French soil and is the only tri-national airport of the world. Flights to Basel fly in from all over the world, making the airport well connected by air. The trip into Basel is possible via a customs-free road.

By Train: If you’re arriving at Basel by train, the city has two main stations, north and south of the town centre. Trains to Basel leave from GenevaZurich and Bern every half hour. If you’re coming from across the border, there are trains available from Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris things to do destinations, Luxembourg, Brussels, Milan and night trains from Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Prague.

By Tram: Basel is the only other city in the world where you can cross the border in a tram. The route of Tram 10 passes in and out of French territory.

By Boat: During the summer, cruise ships from Amsterdam to Basel on the Rhine are quite popular.


On Foot: The best way to experience Basel is on foot, especially the Altstadt. Watch out for trams while walking on the roads, they have the right of way.

By Tram & Bus: Basel has an extensive tram and bus network that connects the city and makes it easily accessible. Depending on the duration of your stay, buy a pass to save some money.

By Bicycle: For all those of you looking to combine exercise and sight-seeing, bicycles are readily available for hire, with well-marked bicycle lanes throughout the city. Try not to get your bicycle wheels stuck in the tram tracks.

By Boat: There are two ferry services that can either take you up and down Rhine, or take you on day excursions on the Rhine

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Basel. The most preferred mode of transport in Basel is Bike.

Average distance: 8.27 km Average time: 21.52 min

  • Bike 23.81%
    Bike 14 min Walking 0.6 min Overall average time for 6.4 kms 14.6 min
  • Car 23.81%
    Driving 24 min Walking 0.2 min Overall average time for 14.3 kms 24.2 min
  • Train/Metro 4.76%
    Train 28 min Walking 5 min Overall average time for 43 kms 33 min
  • Walking 23.81%
    Walking 20.6 min Bike 2.8 min Tram 2 min Overall average time for 2.16 kms 25.4 min
  • Tram/Streetcar 14.29%
    Tram 9 min Walking 4.67 min Waiting 4 min Overall average time for 2.77 kms 17.67 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 4.76%
    Bus 20 min Walking 5 min Overall average time for 3 kms 25 min
Route Distance Time
Binningen to Basel 3.77 km 3 mins
Riehen to Basel 6.13 km 6 mins
Bubendorf to Basel 20.19 km 20 mins
Freiburg im breisgau to Basel 54.75 km 54 mins
Colmar to Basel 62.35 km 1 hour 2 mins
Zurich to Basel 91.24 km 1 hour 31 mins
Lucerne to Basel 97.44 km 1 hour 37 mins
Zürich to Basel 106.45 km 1 hour 46 mins
Bern to Basel 107.77 km 1 hour 47 mins
Strasbourg to Basel 113.1 km 1 hour 53 mins
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