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Its quirky atmosphere, scenic river Rhine, and tons of historic sites may make you want to fly to Basel right away, and the best part is, travelling to Basel is not a hassle. In fact, the city is served by three airports. One of the main airport near Basel is EuroAirport (BSL) which is located entirely within French territory. But, it is operated jointly by both France and Switzerland. EuroAirport is also near the borders of Germany. Travellers can access modes to get to the city like buses and trains.

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The three key airports around Basel

  1. EuroAirport: This airport is located in France. It serves the border regions of France, Germany, and Switzerland. This airport is the closest, located 20 minutes from the city.
  2. Zurich Airport: This airport is the country’s main hub for air travel; it has direct trains from the airport that will take around 70 minutes to reach Basel.
  3. Frankfurt Airport: It is also a major airport in Switzerland that has direct trains to Basel, taking approximately three hours of travel time.

Airport Hours

EuroAirport, Zurich Airport, and Frankfurt Airport offer round-the-clock arrivals and departures for your convenience.

How to reach Basel?

Since Basel has three entry points in France, Germany, and Switzerland, travellers can access any of these to get to the city.

  • Getting from EuroAirport to Basel: There are three modes of travel from EuroAirport to Basel. The bus services, such as Flixbus, connect EuroAirport with Basel and other destinations. You can also take the shuttle to the train station in St. Louis and board a train to Basel. Car rental options are also very popular for crossing the border, but make sure you have the required documents.
  • Getting from Frankfurt Airport to Basel: The best way to get to Basel from Frankfurt is by train, which takes around three hours. You can catch the earliest train leaving for Basel at around 0751 hours and the last train leaves around 2152 hours. Additionally, there are several bus networks that leave from Frankfurt to Basel.
  • Getting from Zurich Airport to Basel: Zurich is located around one hour from Basel. Since Zurich is the closest city to Basel, many first-time travellers choose Zurich as their airport. There are many ways to get to Basel from Zurich, like buses, trains, and even cars. Trains are the fastest means to get to Basel. The trains depart on a regular basis from Zurich Airport itself.  

Airport Facilities

All three airports, EuroAirport, Zurich Airport, and Frankfurt Airport provide convenient facilities for the passengers to indulge in while waiting for the flights to begin boarding. 

Wi-Fi service
Internet centre
Pay-to-use showers
Medical assistance
Wheelchair service
Baby care lounge
Meeting rooms
Smoking zone
Lost and found department
Porter service
Temporary luggage storage
Rental services

Things to Do

Considering the wait time for flights may bore you at the airport, each of the airports have a variety of things to do.

Things to do at EuroAirport

  • EuroAirport has brasserie which has a a relaxed setting
  • Restaurtants serve flavourful dishes and quick snacks
  • There are also cafes providing quick snacks on the go
  • There are shops like k kiosk and duty free stores
  • Lounges offer spacious rooms and comfortable sofas to unwind

Things to do at Frankfurt Airport

  • Dine at some of the best restaurants brands at the airport
  • Relax at their lounges before boarding flights
  • Grab snacks and coffee at their cafes
  • Shop in some of the branded shops and duty free area

Things to do at Zurich Airport

  • Take your kids to play area at terminal A and E
  • Rest at the lounge area
  • Savour delicious food at the restaurants
  • Shop for goodies at their duty free area and branded stores
  • Take a nap or shower at day rooms located in transfer zone D

Visa and Immigration

If you’re an Indian passport holder travelling to Basel, then you have to apply for a Schengen visa, even though Switzerland is not a part of the EU. The Schengen visa allows tourists a short stay; it is issued to tourists for up to 90 days from the date of entry, who are planning to visit Switzerland for tourism purposes or to meet their friends and family. One of the essential points to remember, while applying for the visa, is that your passport should be valid for at least six months prior to your date of travel.

To ensure a hassle-free and seamless travel, here is a detailed information about the Switzerland visa –

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