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Basel car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location is EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport (BSL), just under 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 10km).

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Basel are Budget, Unirent, Dollar, Europcar and Enterprise.

  • Local currency

    Swiss Franc (CHF)

  • Average temperatures

    Warmest month: July (20°C)
    Coldest month: January (2°C)

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Hire a car in Basel

Huddled within “three-country region,” Basel is a cultural gathering point.

Cornered by the borders of Germany and France, Switzerland’s third-largest city has often been a safe haven from political unrest. Today, it continues its open-arms legacy through a vibrant multicultural atmosphere. The bilingual city hosts Switzerland’s oldest university, founded in 1460, and a number of cultural attractions few other cities can match.

Basel’s old city is one of the best-preserved in Europe, and where you can admire the daily market and red sandstone architecture. And remember that with a car, there's plenty more to see just across the border.

The ultimate Basel road trip

  • Basel Airport BSL

    Basel Airport is the third busiest airport in Switzerland (although the airport is technically in France).

  • Car hire pick up point

    If you hire a car from the French side of the airport, desks are located in hall one on level two. If hiring from the Swiss side, desks are located in hall four on level two.

  • Freiburg, Germany

    The city of miniature streams, cobbled streets and historic gems.

  • Strasbourg, France

    Home of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Grande Ile, and the European parliament.

  • Mulhouse, France

    A popular world heritage destination, famous for its museums and churches with impressive stained glass windows.

  • Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

    The metropolis of Swiss watchmaking and gateway to the Jura lakes.

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Cultural allures

Museums and art

Regarded as the art capital of Switzerland, Basel is a cultural aficionado's dream city. With 40 internationally acclaimed museums stuffed into 37 square km, there is actually too much to see.

Art Basel
Each June, Basel becomes the centre of the art world when this contemporary art fair sets up one of the most significant exhibitions of modern art. Over 4000 artists and 300 leading galleries convene, highlighting the globe’s newest creative influences.

Museum of Cultures
With over 320,000 objects from both European and non-European cultures, this museum is one of the largest of the kind on the continent. It investigates life through a variety of new perspectives.

Kunstmuseum
Home to Switzerland’s largest and most diverse art collections. It is a site of national significance and inspiration.

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