In Basel, as in all of Switzerland as listed on philosophynearby, traffic is on the right. In order to avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, one should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. The maximum speeds shown can of course be reduced or increased by means of traffic signs. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the Swiss traffic clubs
There are good road connections to Germany and France via Basel. The German A5 autobahn is linked to Switzerland via the A2 and A3. The two parts of Basel can be reached over the Rhine via five road bridges. Three streets cross the urban area of Basel in the form of concentric rings.
Apart from the fact that many streets in the districts are arranged at right angles, it must be ensured that as far as possible no car traffic is allowed in the city center, especially not in the shopping streets. Altbasel is criss-crossed by many narrow side streets that inexperienced drivers cannot always master without problems.
In Basel there is a speed limit of 50 km / h for drivers and motorcyclists. A maximum of 80 km / h is permitted on country roads, 100 km / h on some special motorways and a maximum of 120 km / h on motorways. As a matter of principle, in addition to the general speed limits shown, the speed limits indicated by signs must be strictly adhered to.
Alcohol per mil limit
In Basel there is an alcohol limit of 0.5 for all motorists and motorcyclists.
Trams have absolute right of way at any time of the day or night. So you should always keep an eye out for rails. This fact alone makes driving in Basel less than recommended for tourists, especially since the streets are confusing and parking spaces are just as rare as they are expensive.
Airport EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
The international airport EuroAirport is the only bi-national airport in the world. It is operated by Switzerland and France and also shared by Germany. The airport, which is 6 kilometers to the northwest and on French territory, can be reached from Basel via an extraterritorial road. More than 60 destinations are offered on scheduled services via the airport. In addition to these, there are the 40 most important holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Africa and America. The airport is connected to the Basel SBB train station via bus line 50. This shuttle runs several times an hour. There is also a bus connection to Freiburg (Germany) eleven times a day.
Basel has three long-distance train stations:
Basel SBB train station (Centralbahnhof)
National lines to Zurich, Bern, Lucerne and Delémont as well as international lines to Germany and Italy go through this train station.
French station Basel SNCF (Elsässerbahnhof)
The lines to Mulhouse, Paris and Brussels are served via this station.
Badische Bahnhof (Basel Bad Bf)
Located in the north of Basel, this station is operated by Deutsche Bahn. All trains to / from Germany go to BaselBad.
In addition to the specified train stations, there are also the three regional S-Bahn stations Basel-St. Johann, Basel-St. Jakob and Basel-Dreispitz. In addition to the passenger stations, Basel also has one of the largest marshalling yards in Europe (in Muttenz).
Coming from Germany by train
You can find detailed information on train connections to and from Basel under the following link:
Basel has an extensive tram system. The light green trams are fast, clean, comfortable and relatively inexpensive. Tickets are purchased according to the “Ehr-System” so that no one checks the tickets. Nevertheless, there may be spontaneous checks, which then proceed as in Germany. Anyone caught without a ticket must expect a fine of around CHF 100. Where a tram goes can be seen from the plans at the stop. The travel and arrival times are also recorded there.
The trams run every 6 to 30 minutes.
Further information is available at
Trams have absolute right of way at any time of the day or night. So you should always keep an eye out for the rails.
Basel has an extensive bus system. The light green buses are fast, clean, comfortable and relatively inexpensive. Tickets are made according to the “Ehr-System”, so that no one checks the tickets. Nevertheless, there may be spontaneous checks, which then proceed as in Germany. Anyone caught without a ticket must expect a fine of around CHF 100. Where a bus goes can be seen from the plans at the bus stop. The driving and arrival times are also recorded there.
Further information is available at:
Traveling from Germany by bus
An inexpensive and comfortable journey to Basel is also possible with a long-distance bus:
Ship and ferry
Großbasel and Kleinbasel are connected by 4 pedestrian ferries across the Rhine, using the current of the river for the journey. Numerous day trips on the Rhine are offered and driven by large motor ships or boats. This service is run by Baseler Personenschiffahrt. The boats leave from the landing stage in the Mittlere Brücke (Großbasel).
For further information it is best to
contact Baseler Personenschifffahrt 4019 Basel Telephone: 0041 – (0) 61 – 639 95 00 (reservations) Telephone: 0041 – (0) 61 – 261 75 50 (information) Fax: 0041 – (0 ) 61 – 639 95 06 Email: [email protected] www.bpg.ch
Basel is made for bicycles and has many well-marked cycle paths (and even its own traffic lights) throughout the city. Helmets should, but do not have to be, worn.
Watch out for
In addition to the public cycle paths, there are also special cycle routes to other parts of Switzerland. Such routes are clearly marked by signs. Further information is also available at www.cycling-in-switzerland.ch
Anyone who has forgotten their bike or would like to rent one for other reasons can do so at:
. 0041 – (0) 51 – 229 23 45