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Car Hire Basel Useful Information

Hiring a car in Basel, Switzerland, offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore this unique tri-border region at your own pace. With a rental car, you can effortlessly traverse the cultural tapestry of Switzerland, France, and Germany, visiting charming towns, historic landmarks, and stunning natural landscapes. Basel's strategic location makes it an ideal starting point for scenic drives through the Swiss Jura, the Alsace wine region, or the picturesque Black Forest. Car hire facilities in Basel provide a wide range of vehicles to suit all preferences and budgets, ensuring your journey is comfortable, flexible, and tailored to your travel needs. Whether you're in Basel for business or leisure, a hire car unlocks the freedom to discover the rich heritage and beauty of this vibrant area on your terms.  Here are some things to be aware of, and several great places to visit with your car:

What to Be Aware Of:

Traffic Rules: Switzerland has strict traffic rules, including speed limits, seat belt usage, and rules regarding mobile phone use while driving. Be sure to follow these rules to avoid fines.

Priority to Trams: In Basel, trams have priority on the roads. Always yield to trams when they are approaching.

Parking: Basel, like many Swiss cities, has limited street parking, and it can be expensive. It's often more convenient to use parking garages or lots.

Vignette: If you plan to use the Swiss highways, you'll need a vignette (toll sticker) for your car, which is mandatory for vehicles on the highway.

Environmental Zones: Some areas of Basel may be restricted zones where only vehicles meeting specific emission standards are allowed.

Winter Driving: If you're visiting during the winter months, be prepared for snowy and icy conditions. Winter tires or snow chains may be required, and it's essential to adapt your driving to the weather.

Best Places to Visit with Your Car:

Old Town (Altstadt): Explore Basel's charming Old Town with its medieval architecture, narrow streets, and historic buildings. You can find parking facilities nearby.

Basel Minster: Visit the Basel Minster (Basler Münster), a stunning Gothic cathedral with panoramic views from its tower. Parking may be limited in this area, so consider using public transportation.

Fondation Beyeler: Drive to the Fondation Beyeler, an art museum with an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. It's located just outside Basel in Riehen.

Basel Zoo: If you're traveling with family, the Basel Zoo is a popular attraction. There's a parking area nearby.

Rhine River Promenade: Take a scenic drive along the Rhine River and enjoy the beautiful views. You can also park and walk along the promenade.

Augusta Raurica: Visit Augusta Raurica, a well-preserved Roman archaeological site located a short drive from Basel.

Vineyards of Alsace: Drive across the border into the Alsace region of France, known for its charming wine villages, vineyards, and scenic routes.

Black Forest (Schwarzwald): The Black Forest in Germany is within driving distance of Basel and offers opportunities for hiking, scenic drives, and exploring traditional villages.

Lucerne: If you're up for a longer drive, consider visiting the picturesque city of Lucerne, known for its stunning lakeside setting and medieval architecture.

Bern: Another option for a day trip is the Swiss capital, Bern, known for its well-preserved old town and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Driving in Basel can be an excellent way to explore the city and its surroundings. Just be sure to follow local traffic rules, plan your parking in advance, and drive cautiously, especially in winter conditions.

Enjoy your trip and make the best use of your hire car!

Current Rental Rates in Basel

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.19 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 421.37 EUR from 19/08/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Ford Puma

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.80 EUR/day
Ford Puma

7 Days rental at 425.62 EUR from 19/08/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Peugeot 308

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.80 EUR/day
Peugeot 308

7 Days rental at 425.62 EUR from 19/08/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 62.62 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 438.38 EUR from 19/08/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Volvo C40

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 62.62 EUR/day
Volvo C40

7 Days rental at 438.38 EUR from 19/08/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Cupra Born

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 103.74 EUR/day
Cupra Born

7 Days rental at 726.24 EUR from 19/08/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Basel: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Explore Art and Culture: Visit world-renowned museums such as the Kunstmuseum, Fondation Beyeler, and the Museum Tinguely to immerse yourself in art and history.
  • Walk Along the Rhine: Enjoy a leisurely walk or a ferry ride along the Rhine River, offering beautiful views and a chance to relax in the heart of the city.
  • Old Town Exploration: Wander through the historic Old Town, exploring narrow streets, beautiful squares, and landmarks like the Basel Minster and the Rathaus (Town Hall).
  • Taste Local Cuisine: Sample traditional Swiss dishes and international cuisine in Basel's diverse array of restaurants and cafes.
  • Day Trips and Excursions: Use Basel as a starting point for excursions with your rental car to the Black Forest in Germany, the Alsace region in France, or the Jura mountains in Switzerland for hiking, wine tasting, and exploring natural landscapes.


Basel - Popular Destinations

  •  Saint-Louis (France): About 3 km
  • Weil am Rhein (Germany): Approximately 5 km
  • Lörrach (Germany): About 10 km
  • Mulhouse (France): Approximately 30 km
  • Freiburg (Germany): About 70 km
  • Closest Airport to Basel:

    EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL, MLH, EAP): Located approximately 8 km from Basel city center, serving Switzerland, France, and Germany.

Our Most Popular Rated Local Car Rental Suppliers from Basel

based on 576 reviews
22 min (average wait time)
No.3: AVIS,
based on 167 reviews
27 min (average wait time)
No.2: HERTZ,
based on 781 reviews
18 min (average wait time)

Basel car hire information

  • 8.8/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Budget EMEA Corporate
  • € 421.33
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 60.19
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 10
    Most Popular Type:
  • 2
    Most popular model:
    BMW 5 Series Estate
  • 33
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Basel

January€ 104
February€ 110
March€ 73
April€ 56
May€ 64
June€ 63
July€ 93
August€ 93
September€ 47
October€ 53
November€ 65
December€ 103
January€ 90
February€ 90
March€ 59
April€ 48
May€ 44
June€ 55
July€ 80
August€ 85
September€ 42
October€ 47
November€ 67
December€ 97
January€ 165
February€ 232
March€ 132
April€ 107
May€ 116
June€ 116
July€ 158
August€ 163
September€ 101
October€ 103
November€ 125
December€ 166
January€ 125
February€ 137
March€ 95
April€ 74
May€ 75
June€ 80
July€ 115
August€ 101
September€ 59
October€ 63
November€ 78
December€ 120
January€ 126
February€ 218
March€ 156
April€ 95
May€ 388
June€ 369
July€ 401
August€ 410
September€ 333
October€ 331
November€ 333
December€ 395
March€ 57
April€ 34
May€ 31
June€ 32
July€ 50
August€ 79
September€ 32
October€ 35
January€ 136
February€ 148
March€ 97
April€ 94
May€ 75
June€ 91
July€ 126
August€ 129
September€ 66
October€ 95
November€ 105
December€ 125
February€ 58
March€ 59
April€ 37
May€ 43
June€ 45
July€ 64
August€ 96
September€ 37
October€ 40

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