Directions to the Basel Christmas market
Basel is very easy to get to: the most direct route is via the EuroAirport located just 15 minutes from the city centre, or nearby Zürich airport with a direct hourly train service to Basel SBB station. Basel is a major European transport hub with excellent connections not only by air, but also via its three train stations and motorway network.
During Advent, Basel assumes a unique charm. Two romantic Christmas markets are located in the heart of the city centre, nestled among the Christmas decorations adorning the historic Old Town in Barfüsserplatz around the historic Barfüsserkirche and in Münsterplatz.
Arriving by public transport
From the EuroAirport, take bus no. 50 towards "SBB station" and alight at the SBB station terminus. Then take tram no. 8 towards "Kleinhüningen" or tram no. 11 towards "St-Louis Grenze" and alight at "Barfüsserplatz". From Barfüsserplatz, it is just a short walk to the Christmas market in Münsterplatz.
The free BaselCard is included in every overnight stay: it offers free use of public transport, free WiFi, and 50% off cultural and leisure activities.
Arriving by car
Basel is located close to the major European north-south and east-west motorways and is therefore very easily accessible by car. If you are using the Swiss motorway network, you will require a vignette, which is available to buy at all customs offices, post offices, petrol stations, garages, department of transportation offices and Basel Tourismus offices for CHF 40.
For your visit to the Christmas market, we recommend using the parking facilities at your hotel, or one of Basel's multi-storey car parks.
Arrival by coach
Thanks to its location in the heart of Europe, Basel is very easy to reach by coach. Drop-off and pick-up points in the city centre offer your customers maximum convenience.
Organizers of coach trips to Basel can download a map showing them how to find coach parking areas on arrival. Coach drivers unfamiliar with Basel can also phone +41 (0)61 267 70 43 to enquire about access to suitable parking spaces. In addition, many Basel hotels have their own parking spaces.
As the city's official tourist office, Basel Tourism will be pleased to give coach tour operators competent and neutral advice. Our services include: obtaining hotel quotes tailored to specific needs, coordinating and managing room quotas at selected hotels, working out and reserving group offers, tours and add-on programmes, distributing brochures about Basel and its surroundings, and providing images, films and text materials. You can find our complete range of services here.