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.’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

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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 does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at Basel EuroAirport. Here are a few nearby hotels:

  • Airport Hotel Basel – (3 minutes 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. Alternatively Bus 50 (Euro airport shuttle) stops directly outside the hotel. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Berlioz – (4 minutes from the airport). No airport shuttle. There is a bus from the airport that drops you about 5 minutes walk from the hotel if you are travelling light. » Check Rates
  • Ibis Mulhouse Basel Aeroport – (5 minutes 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. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Basel EuroAirport on Tripadvisor 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.

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 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 – 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 (Mon – Sun)
  • Dufry Fashion: Location: Departures Area, Airside, Level 4. Hours: 5:30AM – last flight (Mon – Sun)
  • Dufry Gates Sud: Departures, Airside, Level 3. Hours: first flight – last flight (Mon – Sun)
  • Durfry Arrival Shop: Arrivals, Airside, Level 2. Hours:7:15AM -11:00PM

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.: 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 ]

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.


Basel EuroAirport is served by the following airlines: Aegean AirlinesAir AlgérieAir ArabiaAir France • Air Transat • Austrian Airlines • British AirwaysBrussels AirlinesEasyJet • Eurowings • Hop! • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa • Pegasus Airlines • Ryanair • SunExpress • TUIfly • Turkish Airlines • Vueling • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Basel Airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you are looking for a local bus to get you the centre of Basel 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

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 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).


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: 2021-10-20

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.