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Basel Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Basel Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

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Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg.

What to Expect

  • A four-story airport terminal, with landside areas separated into two sections (French side and Swiss side).
  • Many travelers who spend the night here, do so to catch an early flight.
  • Most of the airport’s seats have armrests.
  • The airport’s restaurants close around 10:30PM and reopen at 4:00AM, so have a few snacks and drinks handy for late night refreshment!
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Reviewers describe the airport as a secure, but uncomfortable place to spend the night. One recent reviewer reported that airport security will wake up anyone sleeping on the floor or sprawled across the chairs or cafe benches, and suggests sleeping upright in a chair with a suitcase as a footrest. More recent reviews confirm that the although the airport is an uncomfortable one for sleeping, security guards mostly let travelers sleep, even if they are sleeping on the floor.
  • Have a travel blanket, travel pillow, sleep mask and earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy for added comfort while you sleep.
  • The top floor of the Swiss sector (landside) has armrest-free sofas, but they are often occupied, so if you see an empty one, snag it! Comfortable leather chairs are nearby if you miss out on a couch.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Basel Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Basel Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Basel airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Skyview Lounge - Location: Y-Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Hours: 5:00AM - 8:45PM (Mon - Fri) • 5:00AM - 7:30PM (Sat) • 5:00AM - 8:30PM (Sun). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (CHF 38.00) • Book Online (£28.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Basel Euroairport. Connect to the 'Free_EuroAirport_WiFi". Each login is limited to 2 hours. Once your time is up, just re-login.

Internet stations are located Landside and Airside. Landside Location: Level 2 Arrivals (Swiss sector), Level 2 (French sector), Level 3 Departures (Swiss sector). Airside Location: Departures - South Gates, Departures - Finger Dock.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at Basel Airport. Here are a few nearby hotels:

  • Captain Hotel - (4 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request. Upon arrival, call 33 (0) 3 89 68 82 82 to arrange pick-up then head to the French side at the Arrivals (ground level) to wait for pick-up. Book your free return trip at the hotel, shuttles depart every 30 minutes starting at 4:00AM.
  • Airport Hotel Basel - (3 min from the airport). Free shuttle is available between 6:00AM - 10:00PM. Call +41 61 327 30 30 after you land to arrange pick up. Alternativley Bus 50 (Euro airport shuttle) stops directly outside the hotel.
  • Ibis Mulhouse Basel Aeroport - (5 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. After you have picked up your luggage, call 0033 +3 89 69 06 58 and head outside to wait at the arrivals, French side, near the red zebras painted on the floor. For your return transfer simply request at the hotel. The shuttle runs to the airport every hour.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Basel Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Locations: Level 2, Arrivals, Public Sector France • Level 2, Arrivals, Public Sector Switzerland • Level 3, Departures, Public Sector France • Level 3, Departures, Public Sector Switzerland. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Baggage Trolleys - Available free of charge.
  • Children's Play Area - There are a few small "Kid's Corner" play areas located throughout the airport.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Currency Exchange - There are 3 International Currency Exchange offices: International Arrivals Hall (Hours: 7:45AM - 11:00PM) • International Departures (Hours: 5:15AM - 9:45PM) • Level 3 Departures - France and Switzerland public sector (Hours: 9:15AM - 7:45PM).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Dufry duty-free shopping is available airside during flight operating hours on Level 4 in the Departures Zone, Schengen, South Gate, and Y-Gate areas, and on Level 2 in the Arrivals Zone. Both the Swiss and French sectors have a newsstand located landside on Level 3. In addition, a Hudson News store is located on Level 4.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Bert’s • Cloud Cafe / illy • Columbus Cafe & Co • Food Court • La Fourchette Suisse • Monop’daily • Paul • Sam Bar • Trib’s • Weckman • Wellness • 3 Länder Restaurant.
  • Information Desk - Location: Level 2, landside. Hours: 5:30AM - 12:00AM.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available for "security reasons".
  • Observation Deck - There are visitor viewing terraces on both the Swiss and French side of the airport, however, at the time of this update, the viewing terraces are closed due to security reasons.
  • Showers - Showers are available inside the Skyview Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Tax Refund - Location: SBB Counter, Level 2, Arrivals, Public Sector Switzerland. Hours: 9:00AM - 7:45AM.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. Terminal operations run from 4:00AM - 12:00AM.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Basel Bus Company (BVB) bus line 50 runs between the airport (Swiss sector), Basel SBB Railway Station, Kannenfeldplatz and Frachthalle in a 20 minute journey. Connections to Swiss regional and national trains, as well as international long distance trains, are available from Basel SBB station. Passengers traveling to or from Germany can use Tram 2, which links Basel SBB station and downtown Basel with Badischer Bahnhof, a train station on the German railway network. For route map, schedules and fare information, visit the BVB website.

Distribus offers daily service from the airport (French sector) to the Saint Louis SNCF Railway Station, via Shuttle 11. Buses run from 5:20AM - 11:35PM on weekdays, starting later on Saturdays at 6:20AM and at 5:50AM on Sundays and public holidays. Total trip time between the airport and Saint Louis station is 10 minutes. For schedule and fare information, visit the Distribus website.

Shuttles are also available between the airport and Freiburg Central Railway Station (service operated by Freiburger Reisedienst) or Strasbourg (service operated by Alsace Navette Aéroport or Strasbourg Navette). For further information, contact your service provider of choice.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have rental desks in both the French sector (Hall 1, Level 2) and Swiss sector (Hall 1, Level 2) of the airport terminal: Avis/Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Airport Hotel Basel   •    Carathotel Basel   •   Ibis Mulhouse Bale Aeroport.

Taxis

Taxis are available in the ground transportation areas of both the French and Swiss sectors of the airport. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this update, the following estimated one-way fares were current: From the French sector, taxis can be taken to Mulhouse (€50 - 60) or Freiburg (€125 - 160), and from the Swiss sector, taxis can be taken to Basel (50 CHF) or Freiburg (340 CHF).

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Last Updated: 27 December 2016

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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