Basel Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Basel Airport is properly called EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.
  • It’s less than four miles from Basel, 14 miles from Mulhouse and 43 miles from Freiburg.
  • The airport is jointly run by France and Switzerland.
  • The airport opened in 1946.
  • Last year 5 million passengers passed through its terminals, a huge increase on the previous year.

Basel Airport Mini Guide

The Airport
Euro Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is 6km from the city centre of Basel, Switzerland. Mulhouse in France is 22km away and the German town of Freiburg is 70km. It is unusual in that the airport is owned by France, Gerna and Switzerland, essentially a Swiss/German airport on French ground! The airport is split into two sectors for travellers from and into France and Switzerland.

view of basel

How Would I get There?
There are flights from most cities in Europe to Basel and some from North Africa. Holiday destinations are well catered for by the budget airlines but of course these flights are often seasonal. easyJet are the main operator there with over thirty flights although the only British route is from Edinburgh.

Can I get Into the City Easily?
The BVB bus 50 takes you to the Bahnhof SBB train station if you wish to travel further afield or for being central in town. Hiring a car is an easy option there as the city is just 5 minutes drive from the airport via the A35 highway. The car hire desks can be found in hall 1 level 2 in the French sector and hall 4 level 2 in the Swiss sector.

What’s at the Airport for me?
If you feel a little lost at the airport there is an information desk for all your enquiries on level 2. There you will also find a hotel information desk, should you need somewhere to stay. There are 3 ICE currency exchange counters and 4 ATMs conveniently located around the terminal building. If you wish to check your emails, you can use the internet corner or use the Wi-Fi service – you can buy a prepaid card at Relay.

What if I get Hungry?
For fine dining whilst you wait, go to Restaurant Au 5eme on level 5. Crousti café on level 2 has a selection of freshly made sandwiches and snacks for something lighter. If you are in a hurry, you can get drinks and pre-packed snacks at Grab and Go.

Can I buy my Duty Free There?
Yes, there are a couple of Dufry duty free shops whether you are looking for designer names and fashion or a bottle of kirsch and cigars. Relay has newspapers and magazines for your journey and you can buy books and sweets at K Kiosk. There is also a Petit Casino for grocery items or snacks.

rental cars at basel airport

Is There a Hotel at the Airport?
No, but you can stay at the Airport Hotel Basel, its 2.5 km from the airport and they have a shuttle bus service. You can eat a la carte at the hotel’s La Rose Restaurant or La Brasserie in the Grand Casino, next door. There is a sauna and fitness room available for residents to use.

Latest Update from Basel Airport:

02/05/12 - If you're travelling to Basel Airport this summer you'll find it can be a little confusing for travellers. The main confusion lies in it having three airport codes, MLH, BSL and EAP depending on which airline you use. Don't panic though because the codes all take you to the same airport.

04/06/13 - Last year saw a meteoric rise in passengers at the airport with a near 16% increase. This year more routes are being added to Antalya, Lille, Tuzla and Tel Aviv so expect it to be even busier.

Car Hire Basel Airport Customer Comments

07/11/2011 - Car was as described and price was good. Fuel policy was not ideal for us as only had the car for 3 days but had to pay for a full tank that we only used 3/4 of. A little disappointed but seemingly this is standard policy throughout the industry - come on Rhino, what can you do to help here?

08/10/2011 - Overall very easy and uncomplicated website Well Done

Driving in Basel Airport

  • R

    Road Driving Side

  • 30-50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 80-100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • CHF


  • 23

    Min Rental Age

  • YES


Car Hire Basel Airport Customer Comments:

Car did not look like it had been cleaned from previous user. Although was in working order and did the job.

Sian D - UK
30/03/2012 00:00 AM

cheapest deal we could find from Basel Airport, great site!

David Saunders - UK
18/03/2012 00:00 AM

Booked a car for my family to visit and paid all in advance for them they just needed to leave their credit card on arrival for a security deposit, no other companies would allow this.

Anna - Switzerland
03/03/2012 00:00 AM

Smart car and GPS was included to :)

Mr Keating - UK
16/02/2012 00:00 AM

Great price and overall very pleased with service. Only reason this is not a 5 star review is that I do not like to pay for fuel at the counter and be expected to return empty. It seems all car hire companies have adopted this policy which I do not like.

Jim - UK
25/11/2011 13:25 PM

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Basel Airport, although named after the Swiss city of Basel, is actually in France. The airport has the names of French, Swiss and German cities in the title and is a great starting place for trips to each of the countries.

Basel airport links directly to the A3 motorway which crosses Switzerland and joins onto the French motorway, the A35, meaning that with a hire car from Basel Airport, a large area is within easy reach. Staying in Basel itself you’ll have the chance to see why the city is renowned as the cultural capital of Switzerland with its many theatres and concert halls.

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