Sleeping in Airports

Basel EuroAirport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Basel EuroAirport Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Wonderful seat….I slept there 2 times. OMG..it’s wonderful… -GdM

BSL Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Basel EuroAirport.

What to Expect

The five-level airport terminal of EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg is uniquely administered by both the French and Swiss governments.  The airport’s landside area has French and Swiss sides, and the Arrivals and Departures areas have Schengen and non-Schengen zones. The airport can be identified by three airport codes: EAP (its neutral code), MLH (its French code), and BSL (its Swiss code).

Facilities and services are limited, but there is free WiFi and an Airport Lounge that economy class passengers can pay to access. See Airport Lounge in the guide below for locations and rates.

Basel Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of a Guest traveller / 11Nov2015)

Sleeping in Basel EuroAirport

Many travellers who spend the night here report that most of the airport’s seats have armrests and that the area is secure with roving security present throughout the night.   An old review (November 2015) notes that airport security wakes up anyone sleeping on the floor or sprawled across chairs and benches. More recent reviews say that security mostly let them sleep even if they were sleeping on the floor. Come prepared with a travel blanket, travel pillow, sleep mask, and earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.  If you’re planning to sleep at the airport, the restaurants close around 10:30PM and reopen only by 4:00AM, so have a few snacks and drinks handy.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Basel EuroAirport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near EuroAirport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Airport Hotel Basel – Free shuttle is available between 6:00AM – 9:00PM. Book one day in advance.  Alternatively Bus 50 (Euro airport shuttle) stops directly outside the hotel.  » Check Rates
  • Ibis Mulhouse Basel Aeroport – 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.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Basel EuroAirport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Skyview Lounge – Location: Y-Terminal, Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Basel Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Basel EuroAirport. Connect to the ‘Free_EuroAirport_WiFi”. Once you have logged in you can surf for up to 24 hours.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations:

  • French Sector: Public sector, Arrivals, Level 2 • Public Sector, Departures, Level 3.
  • Swiss Sector: Public sector, Arrivals, Level 2 • Public Sector, Departures, Level 3.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.

Children’s Play Area – There are a few small “Kid’s Corner” play areas located throughout the airport.

Currency Exchange – There are 2 International Currency Exchange offices: International Arrivals Hall (Hours: 5:15AM – 9:45PM) • International Departures (Hours: 5:15AM – 9:45PM) • Level 3 Departures – France and Switzerland public sector (Hours: 9:15AM – 7:45PM).

Duty Free & Shopping – Several stores are available offering a variety of goods. The airport has four Dufry duty-free shopping locations:

  • Dufry Main Shop: Location: Departures Area, Airside, Level 4. Hours: first flight – last flight.
  • Dufry Fashion: Location: Departures Area, Airside, Level 4. Hours: 5:30AM – last flight.
  • Dufry Gates Sud: Departures, Airside, Level 3. Hours: first flight – last flight.
  • Durfry Arrival Shop: Arrivals, Airside, Level 2. Hours: first flight – last flight.

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:

  • Landside: 3 Länder Restaurant • Food Court Restaurant/Brasserie • La Fourchette Suisse • Food Court • La Roulotte • Paul • Sam Bar • Trib’s • Weckman • Wellness.
  • Airside: Bert’s • Cloud Cafe / illy • Columbus Cafe & Co • Monop’daily.

Information Desk – Location: Level 2, landside. Hours: 5:30AM – 12:00AM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available for “security reasons”.

Mobile Charging – A reader (January 2019) tells us “Mobile charging is available in the Swiss part of the airport (3rd floor, near turkish airlines desk, around circle wooden seating) via usb and electricity plug-ins as well”.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are available inside the Skyview Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Spa – If you have enough time of a manicure, check out the Nail Bar Cart. Location: International Departures, Airside, Level 4.

Airport Hours

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

Airlines

Basel EuroAirport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Albania • Air Algérie • Air Arabia Maroc • Air France • Air Transat • ASL Airlines France • Austrian Airlines • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Corendon Airlines • EasyJet • Enterair • Eurowings • KLM • Lufthansa • Nouvelair • Pegasus Airlines • Ryanair • SunExpress • Turkish Airlines • Vueling • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Basel Airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you are looking for a local bus to get you to the Basel city centre or you need a connection to a train station for onward travels, the airport provides many options. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Basel EuroAirport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have rental desks in both the French sector (Hall 1, Level 2) and Swiss sector (Hall 4, Level 2) of the airport terminal: Avis/Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

A few area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Airport Hotel Basel   •   Hotel Ibis Aeroport Bale Mulhouse.

See also Airport Hotels above.

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).

Train

Basel Airport is not linked directly to the railway system, but there are connections by public transport to the railway stations in Basel where you can then connect to Switzerland, France and Germany. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Basel EuroAirport website.

Last updated: 2022-06-22

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.