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    Car hire in Basel - Best rates guaranteed

    Culturally and historically shaped by French and German influences, the charming Swiss town of Basel attracts visitors year-round. Art lovers will be pleased with Basel's rich artistic scene which includes cool museums and galleries with a focus on urban and modern style. With Swiss proverbial countryside and preserved nature, you will be only several miles away from a great outdoors experience. Why not let Auto Europe be your travel companion and provide you with car hire in Basel at great prices? But first, for added peace of mind take a look at the comments left by some of our previous customers in the city on our Basel car hire reviews page.


    Switzerland ranks as a country with superb roads and a civilised driving culture. While driving your car hire in Basel, stay alert for trams as they have the right of way. It is always a good idea to park your car rental on the outskirts rather than drive into or near the city centre. With one-way streets, finding your bearings in Basel downtown could get quite complicated.

    Purchasing a vignette is mandatory for using the vast network of Swiss motorways. Vignettes can be obtained at all petrol stations, post and tourism offices as well as a number of other shops. Do not forget to switch on your lights while driving your car hire in Switzerland even at daytime. Using running lights or dipped headlights during the drive has been compulsory since 2014. Auto Europe has prepared a guide to driving in Switzerland to help you prepare for the trip.


    Over 4000 available spaces in several car parks in Basel are on offer throughout the city. In addition, paid on-street parking is also allowed in certain parts of the city. Do not forget to buy a ticket from the machine and place it on your window or a dashboard.

    For parking the car hire in a blue zone, you will need to buy a parking disc at a post office, set the time of your arrival and place it in the window. Here you can park for free up to 1.5 hours.

    A good alternative is parking your car rental in one of the Park & Ride lots, which are situated quite conveniently near bus, tram and train stations. Day and even monthly passes are available for these parking lots.

    Geographic Information

    Bordering Germany and France to the north, Basel is an ideal starting point for exploring the wondrous Black Forest, pretty and historic Strassbourg, and sun-soaked Lake Constance. All of the suggested journeys will also be a memorable culinary experience! Basel's famous gathering spot is the Rhein river, awesome for taking a refreshing swim in the summer. Summers in Basel can get rather hot while winters are still a bit milder than in the neighbouring Alps. There is, however, a lot of rainfall throughout the year.

    Basel Airport

    EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - (BSL, EAP, MLH)
    Only about two miles northwest of Basel, there is EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. French Mulhouse is about 12 miles away and Breisgau in Germany can be reached after a 28-mile drive.

    Telephone:+33 3 89 90 31 11

    Basel trainstation

    The central train station in Basel is callled Basel SBB railway station. It is owned by Swiss Federal Railways and is Europe's busiest international border station. From here you can take international and national long disctance trains to Berlin, Hamburg, Amsetrdam, Prague, Bern and many other cities. At the station you will find a selection of available car hire suppliers and vehicles to suit your trip.

    Public Transportation

    Swiss public transportation system is known to be one of the safest and most efficient in the world. Visitors to Basel can take advantage of its buses and famous green and yellow trams. Please purchase your tickets and kiosks, ticket machines and train stations. Some of the tickets must be validated before the journey. The public transport network even includes stops at some of the towns in the neighbouring countries as well as the airport. Hotel guests are welcome to use the Mobility Ticket which allows them travelling by public transportation in Basel free of charge.

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