How to Reach Basel

The Easiest Way 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, BrusselsMilan and night trains from AmsterdamCopenhagen 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

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Modes of Transportation in Basel

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 Car.

Average distance: 9.46 km Average time: 21.59 min

  • Car 29.41%
    Driving 24 min Walking 0.2 min Overall average time for 14.3 kms 24.2 min
  • Tram/Streetcar 17.65%
    Tram 9 min Walking 4.67 min Waiting 4 min Overall average time for 2.77 kms 17.67 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 5.88%
    Bus 20 min Walking 5 min Overall average time for 3 kms 25 min
  • Bike 23.53%
    Bike 13.75 min Walking 0.75 min Overall average time for 6.5 kms 14.5 min
  • Walking 11.76%
    Walking 21.5 min Bike 7 min Overall average time for 2 kms 28.5 min
  • Train/Metro 5.88%
    Train 28 min Walking 5 min Overall average time for 43 kms 33 min
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