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.