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Basel’s hotels offer accommodation for every taste and need. From traditional top-of-the-line hotels to youth hostels, from highly modern design hotels to the family atmosphere of a bed & breakfast, you’ll find what you’re looking for. 

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No matter which event you're coming to Basel for, we have a package to suit every occasion. 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.

Carnival in Basel

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.