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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.

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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.

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).

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.

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

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