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Our upgrade for you: The free Baselcard

Your personal guest card will be handed to you when you check in. The attractive features of the BaselCard include free use of public transport, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museumsBasel ZooTheater Basel and much more.

So what are you waiting for? Discover Switzerland's capital of culture. With its multicultural diversity and passion for life, this bastion of art and architecture is sure to captivate you. The BaselCard will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.

Free benefits of the BaselCard

  • Use of public transport
  • WiFi at 26 hotspots

A one-time 50% discount on

  • admission to museums (incl. special exhibitions)
  • entry to Basel Zoo
  • admission to Theater Basel (only applies to tickets purchased at the box office)
  • a 2-hour tour on the sightseeing bus
  • a walking tour of the old town
  • scheduled trips on cruises offered by Basler Personenschifffahrt
  • Guest Bike Basel for just CHF 20 a day

Every visitor who stays overnight in the canton of Basel-Stadt receives one BaselCard per person per night in return for paying city tax. This is valid for the entire stay up to a maximum of 30 days. The BaselCard is issued at check-in.

EXCEPTION: In accordance with the city tax legislation, residents of the canton of Basel-Stadt are not subject to city tax and are therefore not entitled to the BaselCard.

No, the BaselCard has only been available to overnight visitors to the canton of Basel-Stadt since 1 January 2018. It is no longer possible to purchase the card.

Visitors who do not stay in the canton of Basel-Stadt do not pay city tax and are therefore not entitled to a BaselCard.

The BaselCard allows holders to use public transport in 

2nd class in the city of Basel and vicinity (zones 10, 11, 13, 14/EuroAirport and 15; all transport services run by BVB, BLT & SBB trains).

No. The BaselCard is only valid as far as the border. A cross-border ticket can be purchased at machines (also available from tourist information).

Confirmation of your hotel or Airbnb reservation in Basel serves as a free ticket for transfer from the airport to your hotel.

If you do not have a confirmation, please purchase a ticket for 3 zones at the ticket machine.