Transport hub in the heart of Europe
Ideal Location and Infrastructure
Connected to the world
Basel is a central traffic junction, connecting northern and central Europe with the south.
The city’s position at the heart of Europe is central to Basel’s economic development: the international corporations headquartered here depend on excellent connections to the rest of the world.
Excellent public transport
The city and its surroundings offer a very dense public transport network.
Buses, trams and trains are convenient and run at frequent intervals.
You can get to and around Basel very well without a car.
Investing in the future
The government continues to invest in further improvements to the infrastructure.
The EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is a leading European regional airport and has been expanded considerably in the last few years.
The railway system within the region is being systematically upgraded and extended to provide fast and efficient connections throughout the trinational area.
Tramlines have also been extended across the borders into France and Germany.
And last but not least, Switzerland has been steadily shifting the transport of commercial goods from motorways to freight rail.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is just seven kilometres from the city centre, offering direct flights to over 90 European cities and beyond, as well as intercontinental connecting flights via Zurich, Frankfurt, Paris or other larger European gateways. Most major European cities are less than two hours away. In addition to numerous business flights, a steadily increasing number of charter operators fly out of Basel to popular holiday destinations. As the airport is relatively small, transit times are short. There is a direct, frequent and regular bus service (No. 50) that connects the SBB railway station to the airport, and short-term as well as long-term parking facilities are available at the airport.
Rail and road
The railway systems of Switzerland, France, and Germany intersect in Basel, where there are also three railway stations: the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), the German Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the French Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF). The French railway station is located on the same site as the Swiss station. There are connecting trains and trams between the stations, and high-speed trains (TGV and ICE) connect Basel to the major European cities. In the European motorway network, the German A5 and the French A35 connect to the Swiss A2 and A3 in Basel. Frankfurt can be reached from Basel by motorway in three hours, Milan in four hours and Paris in five. Before using the Swiss motorway network, drivers have to buy a motorway “vignette”, valid for one calendar year.
The Swiss Rhine Ports in Basel are one of the most important inland harbours in Europe. Over an area of 1.3 million square metres, an annual volume of more than six million tons of goods are cleared and forwarded on by rail or road. In addition, a variety of river cruises to destinations as far away as Rotterdam and the North Sea start in Basel.