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was able to spend night

by web-administrator (October, 2016)


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(Guest Review by travel_champ) Landside - I reached their by 9pm. This airport has flights until 11.30pm and day starts at around 5-6 am in the morning. All the shops and cafes were closed by 10.30pm. Swiss and France sides are connected (on 3rd floor - departure floor) so you can go from one side to other side. I found group of seats where I spend the whole night. The seats are good for seating but not good for sleeping. To be honest I did not get enough sleep as chairs were not comfortable for sleeping. But there were other people around the whole night so was feeling safe. around 1am group 4-5 teenage girls came and there were chit-chatting for hour or so (I did not understand a word as I think it was german). There was also a couple sleeping on the floor! There were group of 4-6 security guards patrolling every hour but they did not wake up anyone. so they did not mind people sleeping at the airport.

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Good night

by web-administrator (August, 2016)


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(Guest Review) Turned out to be much more comfortable than I expected. I went right to the top floor in the Swiss sector (landslide) where there were sofas without armrests. Unfortunately they were all taken by the time I got there so I grabbed a couple of the many leather chairs they had there and had a comfortable night. Loads of other sleepers so felt safe. Unfortunately no shops were open and it's not near any shops, but everything opened up at 4am. Overall a good experience, would stay again if necessary.

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Uncomfortable

by web-administrator (November, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Iman) Im writing this review from the airport at 3am having failed to get any sleep. I arrived at around midnight with my wife and we looked around to find a suitable spot to sleep before our 7am flight. The place is very quiet, with the exception of a very loud, regular security announcement every 20mins or so. Also, a lot of people snore in their sleep. Most of the lights are automatic so the chair areas can be reasonably dark, except when someone arrives and triggers the lights (so far every 10mins or so). It is fairly cool, but a regular coat should keep you warm. We used a sleeping bag, but you'll need at least one per person. A portable pillow would be very useful too. There are a lot of chair areas. They are leather-style, in long rows. Fairly comfortable to sit in, but difficult to fall asleep in. They all have low, fixed arm-rests, so you can't sleep across them easily. There are a few closed cafes with seating, one of which is perfect for lying down, and there is lots of space on the floors to lie down, but we tried that and were woken by security at 2am who patrolled with dogs, requiring everyone to sit on the chairs rather that lie down on the floor. People lying across several chairs were also required to move their legs off them. The people who looked most comfortable were those who sat on the chairs and had large luggage cases to use as foot-rests. Sitting here now, I should have booked into the hotel which is a few minutes away. But if you do decide to sleep here, i recommend taking a sleeping bag or warm coat, ear plugs/ear phones, sleeping mask/hat, and travel pillow. Find a quiet seat in the corner and use your continued >>

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Ok but you have to be creative. Like sleep on the ground

by web-administrator (January, 2015)


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(Guest Review) I arrived at the airport with my evening flight at around 11.pm and I had to wait for my next flight until 6.am. As I expected, chairs were quite comforable but with armrests between them. So not that much comforable to sleep seated. I saw 2 people sleeping on the ground and I ended up myself sleeping on my jacket that I put on the ground in a corner. I was able to sleep. A security person was walking all around the airport all night with a dog. He didn't mind some people were sleeping on the ground. I slept on the switzerland side of the airport. Even though I'm French, i felt it was safer to sleep on the other side. So I don't know if I'd have had the same experience on the French side. Just one bad thing: I wanted to go to the toilets, but as I walked in there, the cleaning lady was yelling NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! I thought she was going to kill me. And then she added: go to toilets downstairs! I mean, couldn't she be more polite? I don't think her employer would appreciate that behavior.

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Basel Airport Review

by web-administrator (February, 2015)


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(Guest Review) Uncomfortable but VERY safe, due to security personnel who walk through the area regularly. As the chairs have armrests between the seats it is difficult to sleep though I usually manage eventually as I can't stay away the whole night. I saw some people going up to where the security check is - it's possible it's much better to sleep there.

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Euroairport Review

by web-administrator (February, 2015)


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(Guest Review) I arrived around 10_11pm, shortly before everybody else left and as it seemd everything closes. There is one quiet big area with chairs/seating possibility. not that comfortable to sleep since each 'chair' was kind of seperated to the next one with barriers, lying was therefore not possible. security guards walked around regularly, felt safe therefore.

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One short night un my life

by Crapsy (August, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: The confortable seat
Cons: The annoucement


When i arrive to the airport, i hve visit all ! But i was frustrate, because They are no seat without armrests. However in the close restaurant, i found a confortable red seat where i have pass the night. I have had no problem with the security or Something else. At 4 o'clock the morning i have been wake up by the noise. Good night

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Good Night!!!

by Vanessa (January, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: Normal people waiting for flights (15 people aprox)
Cons: Chairs may not be comfortable to sleep


I spent the night in Basel airport like one week ago(end of January), I have to say it was as expected: no such a good night but acceptable if you want to safe the money of the hotel and made your trip with Easyjet worthy economically speaking I was looking for information on the internet regarding if it was possible to go through security area and until what time it was opened but I could not find anything, so I called the airport and they said you need to have a ticket to flight on the same day to get through security, so I knew I would have to stay in the arrival lounge I was afraid of being alone since there are not too many reviews on the internet of people staying in this airport and I was traveling alone So I decided to arrive kind of early like 10:30 in case I dont like the environment so I still could go back to Basel with the bus since the last one was before midnight There are 3/4 floors when you enter into the airport, there were a lot of people in the ground floor waiting for arrivals and then in the first floor (departure lounge) there were already some people waiting in chairs and some of them in their sleeping bags/thin mattress already sleeping on the floor, I would say we were like 15 in total. It is a really open space and you can see the upper floors from the main lounge because they only have like glass railings so I decided to go to the upper level where there is like a restaurant, I opened my sleeping back and started reading a book, there were 2 security guys walking around and 10 minutes later they asked me (in a polite and helpful tone) to go downstairs so we can be all together so they can control better people, they also told me not to sleep continued >>

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quite nice night

by sofi (September, 2011)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: safe
Cons: too noisy


After reading some reviews I was quite frightened, but I decide to risk it. It was quite crowded, a lot of young people waiting for their morning flights. I found some metal seats without armchairs and slept there. I had my sleep in bag so it was ok. THere were all night long people cleaning with some noisy machines, and a lot of people hanging around. In addition very frequently there were warning announcements concerning baggages safety. Conclusion : my biggest fear was to be there alone but finally it was something more than safe. I was very glad to hear people wake me up with their voices! PS I dont know how it would be in some winter month without any people around...

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Excellent, but lonely...

by ghurley (November, 2008)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside


Located upon the border of Switzerland and France - and also close to Germany - the very modern and ultra clean Basel (German) or Bale (French) "EuroAirport" has a Swiss sector and an EU sector, which are separated by full immigration / customs controls. I stayed overnight in the Swiss sector, prior to a 0700 departure on EasyJet. Slept on a relatively comfortable 4-seater chair (without armrests), in an upper level observation area. As far as I could assess, I was the only person sleeping in the airport that night, which was slightly scary and I would have felt safer if there had been a few others... There was no visible security, but perhaps it was discreet? Anyway, it worked out fine. There were the usual announcements about keeping your baggage with you at all times (every 20 minutes all night) but every airport I've stayed in has these. Only saw one person all night (a cleaner with a wide soft brush which he passed over the floor all around, but without disturbing me). Graham.

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Untitled5040

by web-administrator (July, 2007)


We were four friends and we spent the night in the main lobby, swiss side. Its very clean and safe! (as French side) There were some policemen in the terminal, so we had not problems!

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Untitled1776

by web-administrator (September, 2000)


(Contributed by ?) In short, DON'T DO IT !! I arrived on 14th September from London Heathrow at 2335h with my connecting flight to Alicante due at 0935h the next morning. My baggage was supposed to go direct to Alicante but ended up on the baggage carousel at Basle. Just about everything at the airport was shutting down as there are no flights through the night. I was directed to a freephone hotel booking and contact service at the airport and I tried about 20 hotels, most of which cannot be contacted after 10pm. The one hotel that could be contacted was fully booked. There was one taxi outside the airport and in a mixture of French and German, I learned that I had no chance of getting an hotel at a reasonable price that night. I went back into the airport. All the staff had gone, there was no security and no airport personnel except for one female cleaner. As I dragged my baggage up a couple of staircases to search for a suitable place to spend the night I met three men, none of whom had any baggage, coats, or hand luggage. They said "Bonsoir". I ignored them and continued my search. After checking out the arrivals concourse, the restaurant concourse and the departure concourse, I realized that the only place I could sleep was on some hard metal seating in the landside departure lounge (airside was now closed - and locked). Unfortunately the three men were hanging around this very area and making personal comments about me. I went into the Ladies toilets for refuge. In the ladies toilets were three regular cubicles and one disabled cubicle. I needed to feel safe so I locked myself in the disabled cubicle as it was the only one big enough for me to lie down. I spread a le continued >>

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Untitled1775

by web-administrator (July, 2003)


(Contributed by ?) Euroairport is an two-country airport and in consequence there is a border between the two terminals ( which is only open till 10 pm!!!!). The Swiss part is under construction and very small. So we checked in, crossed the border and decided to sleep in the French part (non- secure area): a beautiful, brand new terminal with comfortable couches and a cappuccino machine on the lower floor. A few securities walked around and the whole building is full of cameras, so we felt pretty safe. The night was very quiet until 4am. So I could only recommend Basle airport!!! " Added 01 JAN 04

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Untitled1774

by web-administrator (August, 2005)


Where: Airside


(Contributed by GdM The Last Italian Latin Lover) "Wonderful seat....I slept there 2 times. OMG..it's wonderful..." Added 23 Sep 05

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Untitled1773

by web-administrator (July, 2005)


Where: Airside


(Contributed by Emiliano) "I slept in Basel's airport because I was arrived from Rome at 11pm and I had to take the plane to Palma de Mallorca at 07 am. When I landed,there was very few people and there were no taxi because it was holiday in Switzerland.So i decided to leep in the airport and it was a great experience:there was few people,any noise and the seats were quite comfortable. It was the first time that I slept in the airport and it was very very good." Added 15 Oct 2006

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