Boat trips on the Rhine

A boat trip along the Rhine lets you admire the landmarks of Basel, such as the Cathedral (Münster), the Roche Towers and the picturesque Old Town houses on the banks of the Rhine from their most beautiful perspective.

Trips and timetable

Experience Basel and the Rhine from a different perspective aboard the ships of Basler Personenschifffahrt. On the brunch ship, taking a sunset or lock cruise, even people from Basel feel like they are on vacation themselves every time! 

What round trips does the Basler Personenschifffahrt offer?

Das Personenschiff der Basler Personenschifffahrt (BPG)  bietet neben Schleusenfahrten auch romantische Rhein-Erlebnisse am Abend – Dinner und Sonnenuntergang inklusive.

City and port cruise

Port cruise (approx. 50 min.)
Basel shows off its urban side: 
Kleinbasel side of the Rhine – Klybeckquai – Rhine port – tri-border area – Three Countries Bridge – view of France and Germany

City cruise (approx. 50 min.)
Right in the heart of Basel:  
Grossbasel side of the Rhine – Basel Cathedral (Münster) – Roche Tower – picturesque Old Town houses – Museum Tinguely – Birsfelden lock


  • 5 July to 16 October 2022: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
10.00 amPort cruise from Basel Schifflände (only on Sundays)
11.00 amCity cruise from Basel Schifflände (only on Sundays)
12.00 noonPort cruise from Basel Schifflände
1.00 pmCity cruise from Basel Schifflände
2.00 pmPort cruise from Basel Schifflände
3.00 pmCity cruise from Basel Schifflände
4.00 pmPort cruise from Basel Schifflände



  • Adults (from age 16): CHF 15
  • Children/young people (ages 6–15): CHF 5
  • Children (up to age 5): free

Brunch ship

On selected Sundays from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, the brunch ship cruises on the Rhine and invites passengers to enjoy a relaxing brunch, linger and get together. Indulge in a generous and delicious brunch with fresh, seasonal and regional delicacies. 

The chef will spoil you with a tasty and richly varied all-you-can eat brunch buffet: fresh breads and croissants, plaited loaves from the wood-fired ovens of the local Bio Andreas bakery, refreshing juices including apple juice, coffee, muesli, egg dishes, salmon, speciality meats, local honey, jams, fruit, cheese and yoghurt – there is something for everyone here! 

You can freely choose when to board and disembark. Due to the current situation, brunch will be served at your table. You can reorder as often as you please between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm. 



  • Every Sunday
10.00 amPort cruise from Basel Schifflände
11.00 amCity cruise from Basel Schifflände
12.00 noonPort cruise from Basel Schifflände


Price (ticket valid for brunch and round trip):

  • Adults (from age 16): CHF 59
  • Adults with season ticket: CHF 44
  • Children/young people (ages 6–15): CHF 27
  • Children (up to age 5): free
Rhystärn 1. Schleusenfahrt (24)

Great lock cruise to Rheinfelden

The lock cruise is the top cruise among the boat trips on the Rhine: enjoy a leisurely journey through the city of Basel to Rheinfelden. You will get to see two impressive locks and discover the countryside from the Basel region to the canton of Aargau. 

With various excursions in Basel, Muttenz, Augst and Rheinfelden, the lock cruise is the perfect boat trip for associations, school classes, families and businesses: from the port tour to the Rheinsaline (Swiss Salt Works), via Kraftwerk Augst (Augst power station) and the picturesque old town of Rheinfelden, to a view of the Feldschlösschen brewery.


  • 4 July to 15 October 2022: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • No lock cruise on 30 August, no return trip from Rheinfelden to Basel on 3 September
11.00 amFrom Basel Schifflände
11.20 amBirsfelden
12.10 pmSchweizerhalle
12.45 pmAugst Kraftwerk
12.55 pmKaiseraugst
1.30 pmRheinfelden arriving
1.45 pmFrom Rheinfelden
2.05 pmKaiseraugst
2.10 pmAugst Kraftwerk
2.40 pmSchweizerhalle
3.25 pmBirsfelden
3.50 pmBasel Schifflände arriving



  • Adults (from age 16): CHF 25 for a single journey from Basel to Rheinfelden; CHF 20 for a single journey from Rheinfelden to Basel; CHF 45 return
  • Children/young people (ages 6–15): CHF 5 single; CHF 10 return
  • Children (up to age 5): free
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Evening cruise

In the evenings, you can enjoy a relaxing aperitif and dinner cruise on board the Rhystärn. Get away from everyday life, cast your view afar, and discover Basel from a whole new perspective. As a couple, with friends, or with family. Raise a toast with a refreshing drink, enjoy tasty snacks and a delicious dinner, while sharing convivial moments. Totally relaxed and just as the mood takes you – with constant views of the setting sun and the passing cityscape. A special experience with the feel-good factor. The perfect way to see, feel and experience Basel.



  • 5 July to 27 August 2022: Tuesday to Saturday
  • 1 September to 15 October 2022: Thursday to Saturday
  • No evening cruises on 25 August, 3 September, 10 September
5.00 pmCity cruise from Basel Schifflände
6.00 pmPort cruise from Basel Schifflände
7.00 pmCity cruise from Basel Schifflände
8.00 pmPort cruise from Basel Schifflände
9.00 pmCity cruise from Basel Schifflände


Price (ticket valid for the whole evening):

  • CHF 9
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Good to know.

  • The Basler Personenschifffahrt operates several trips along the Rhine. Tickets are available from BPG at Schifflände, on the boat and at the Tourist Information. Having the BaselCard means getting a 50% discount.

    The Rhytaxi and the taxiboat can be rented for city and harbour tours, business events, birthdays, weddings, etc. 

  • A ride on the Rhystärn is a special experience for the whole family. The great lock cruise takes you over two impressive locks from Basel to Rheinfelden and back. The excursion can be combined ideally with a tour of the harbour or a visit to the Rhine Saltworks, the Roman city of Augusta Raurica, the Augst power plant or the Old Town of Rheinfelden. Find more great ideas for your family trip here.

  • School classes and youth groups (at least nine young people and one chaperone) get a discount of 50% off the normal ticket price for all scheduled trips. People aged 25 and under pay half price. This includes children under 6 and their adult chaperones. The discount for school classes cannot be combined with other discounts (e.g. BaselCard).

  • Gift vouchers for Basler Personenschifffahrt boat trips make great presents. All gift cards are valid for cruises and for the onboard catering options.   

    Gift vouchers (available from the Tourist Information):  

    • Brunch voucher worth CHF 59 per person
    • Tea Time voucher worth CHF 54 per person
    • Winter cruise (evening cruise with fondue) voucher worth CHF 62 per person
    • Season ticket voucher worth CHF 120
    • Paper vouchers CHF 20, CHF 50, CHF 100, CHF 150, CHF 200, CHF 250, CHF 300, CHF 500 or any value you choose