Getting Around in Basel:
There are trams going basically everywhere, and like everything else in Switzerland they’re very punctual.
Mobility Pass: All hotels in Basel, including the youth hostels, offer each registered guest a free “Mobility Pass” upon check in. This gives free unlimited travel in Basel and suburbs(including to and from the airport) for the duration of their stay. This is easily worth the price of a lunch every day you stay. (If you have written confirmation of a hotel reservation you can also use this to travel from the railway station or airport to your hotel. At least one respected hotel in Basel advertises this fact on their web site.) This saves you 8 franc per day.
Getting to Basel:
By Train: The Swiss train system is the best I’ve ever experienced. The trains are fast, smooth and punctual, and all the stuff that is usually difficult when traveling by train is easy here. It can be really expensive traveling with train in Switzerland, but they have countless of great deals and bargains, so you can actually get around really cheap if you ask them about it or read more on their website.
There are two train stations in Basel, the German station (Badischer Bahnhof, BBF) on the northern part, and the Swiss/French (SBB Bahnhof) in the city’s south.
If you get to Basel with a national train it stops at the southern station. From there trains to Zurich and Geneva leave every hour.
By Air: Euro Airport works as the airport for all three corners, both Basel (Switzerland), Mullhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany). The budget airline Easy Jet flies from here.
Where To Stay in Basel:
We recommend staying @ Youth Hostel Basel City – mainly for the fact that it is right next to the central train station, so arriving and leaving is easy.
Youth Hostel Basel City
Pfeffingerstasse 8, Basel, Switzerland 4053
The hostel is a part of HiHotels, so for those who are members the rooms are cheaper. If you’re not a member you have to pay 6 franc extra.
It’s in a great location, only 3 minutes away from the train station, the rooms are clean, you get free linen, free towels and they offer a descent free breakfast, which is good since eating out is expensive in Switzerland.
Find out more info and other hostel options here.
Enjoy your stay in Basel!
Written and contributed by As We Travel