With your Sixt car hire in Basel you will be able to see everything this pretty Swiss city has to offer. In its town centre, medieval and Renaissance buildings sit alongside eye-catching examples of contemporary architecture. The city of Basel which sits on the River Rhine is home to dozens of world-class museums and art galleries and also makes the perfect base for days out in the Swiss Jura Mountains. We have two convenient car rental in Basel locations to get both business and leisure trips off to a stress-free start.
Sixt Car Rental
|Mo. - Fr.||07:00 - 23:00|
|Sa.||07:30 - 22:00|
|Su.||08:30 - 23:00|
|Bank Holidays||08:30 - 23:00|
24 h return
Available vehicle categories: Cars & Estates, Sports Cars & Convertibles, 4x4s
Sixt Car Rental
|Mo. - Fr.||07:30 - 18:30|
|Sa.||07:30 - 14:00|
24 h return
Available vehicle categories: Cars & Estates, Sports Cars & Convertibles, 4x4s, Vans & Trucks
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Open the drop-down menus by clicking the right-hand arrows and you will find brief details about our city branches, fleets and opening hours. Use the grey right-hand tab of the branch menu to open a map showing their exact locations. At both Basel Airport and Basel Badischer Bahnhof we offer a 24-hour return facility and at the airport, our desk remains open until late in the evening, perfect for flight arrivals. Please note our station branch is not open at weekends. To see just how affordable it is to hire a car with us compare our various vehicle categories before making your reservation. Once you are ready to hire a car make your reservation with our telephone hotline or use the Sixt apps for iOS and Android devices. We guarantee your chosen category of car hire in Basel but cannot do the same for specific makes. Whether you need rental cars for just one weekend or longer you will find a warm welcome at both of our city branches.
We carry a full fleet of premium vehicles at both our airport and station offices, all supplied by well-known names such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Jaguar. Our compact cars are perfect for exploring the narrow streets of old Basel or choose more spacious estate cars if you are travelling with your family. For a touch of luxury think about renting sports cars or convertibles while rugged 4x4s make driving into the mountains fun and safe. At Basel Badischer Bahnhof we also have a choice of useful vans, ideal for the transportation of business or exhibition materials. We can also supply vehicles adapted for different mobility needs. To ensure peace of mind during your Basel visit browse our attractive range of optional extras. You can choose from Sat Navs and baby or child seats or head to the Winter ski slopes with snow chains and magnetic ski racks. We always have great deals on additional drivers, unlimited mileage options and insurance top-ups while younger drivers under 25 are covered by our insurance.
Collect your rental vehicle from the arrivals hall of the Swiss part of the tri-national Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. Once the paperwork is complete the drive into the city centre should take you less than 15 minutes. Our car hire in Basel office at Badischer Station is just five minutes walk from the concourse. It can also be reached by tram, on routes 1, 2 or 6.
Take care when driving in the centre of Basel as cars share the road with trams and these have priority over other traffic. City streets get congested at rush hour but as you would expect in Switzerland, roads both in and out of the city are well-maintained. Your rental car should come with a toll Vignette for automatic toll payments on the autobahn.
Parking in the old city is difficult to find and expensive. A more economical option is to use the parking garages that surround the historic area and finish your journey by tram.
One thing that immediately strikes you as you drive around Basel in your car hire is what a green city it is and the variety of its architecture. Once you have your bearings and have found a place to park your car head to the Old Town which nestles between Basel Zoo and the River Rhine. The cobbled streets and alleys of Münster and Pfalz take you past the cathedral, a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Admire the Renaissance Rathaus or Town Hall which is still in use before stopping for a coffee or beer in Marktplatz. Basel prides itself on having more museums than any other Swiss city so you can indulge yourself in exhibits that range from art and architecture to cartoons and dolls houses. If the sun is shining be sure to take a stroll along the banks of the River Rhine on the Kleinbasel Promenade.
Over 2,000 years ago Basel and the area around it was a hugely important administrative hub for the Roman Empire. Fascinating evidence of this can be seen just 12 miles away at the Roman city, Augusta Raurica. At its height 20,000 residents lived and worked in this bustling metropolis of workshops, temples, baths and homes. Once it was abandoned the site was never resettled which is why today there is still so much to see. Spend a day here and marvel at Europe's largest collection of silver treasure from the Late Antiquity period and wander around the city ruins before trying your hand at grinding wheat, baking bread or making pottery the Roman way.
The picturesque Swiss Heritage village of Seewen has an interesting museum of musical automatons but most visitors head here to enjoy hiking and rock climbing in the Jura Mountains that surround it.
Anyone interested in the history of interior design will want to hop over the border to the Vitra Design Museum. The landmark building was designed by Frank O Gehry.A programme of changing exhibitions examines the design trends and creators of the 20th and 21st-centuries.
A little further to drive but well worth the effort is the town of Lucerne. The lake's blue water is fringed by mountains while the medieval old town has covered bridges, frescoed buildings and pretty plazas and promenades.
The tri-border town of Basel enjoys a dynamic economy centred around finance, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, beauty products, tourism and hospitality. The town is the headquarters of Swiss International Air Lines, the country's flag carrier. Together the Congress Centre Basel and the adjacent Basel Exhibition Centre are Switzerland's largest convention and exhibition spaces.
Below are the quick answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Please be reminded that every country has slightly different rules and regulations, so for the most specific and detailed information pertaining to your desired rental please visit our rental information page.
We have a wide range of insurance options, including Third Party Liability, Loss Damage Waiver, Glass and Windscreen cover, and Roadside Protection. Please check our country-specific rental information for further details on the limits and amount deductible for each type of cover.