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! 

Buy tickets

Our team at the Tourist Information office, located at the Stadtcasino at Barfüsserplatz, will be happy to advise you – and you can also get tickets for your boat trip right here, of course.

Staying overnight in Basel? With a valid BaselCard, you get 50 % off tickets for scheduled cruises offered by Basler Personenschifffahrt. The public day cruises include city cruises, port cruises and lock cruises. The discount does not apply to evening cruises.

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

Timetable:

  • From 2 March 2024: Saturday and Sunday
  • 3 May to 13 October 2024: Friday and Sunday
  • 19 June to 7 August and 2 to 9 October 2024: additionally on Wednesday
  • No cruise on 16 and 31 May, 19 and 20 July and 19 September 2024
  
11.00 amCity cruise from Basel Schifflände (Saturday and Sunday)
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

 

Price: 

Tickets are valid for 2 hours.

  • Adults (from age 16): CHF 20
  • Children/young people (ages 6–15): CHF 5
  • Children (up to age 5): free
Rhystärn Münster

Brunch ship

On Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 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! 

The chef will spoil you with a tasty and richly varied brunch: fresh breads and croissants, plaited loaves from local confectioner Confiserie Beschle, muesli, scrambled eggs, salmon, speciality meats, Swiss honey, jams, fruit, cheese and yoghurt – there is something for everyone here! You can help yourself to refreshing juices including local apple juice, mineral water, coffee or tea by London Tea from the buffet.

Boarding times are at 10.30 am. You can disembark at any chosen time. The timetable after 11.00 am is identical to the city harbour cruise timetable until 4.00 pm.

Brunch is served at the table. You can reorder as often as you please between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. 

 

Timetable:

  • 2 March to 28 April 2024: Saturday and Sunday
  
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 75
  • Adults with season ticket: CHF 55
  • Children/young people (ages 6–15): CHF 37.50
  • 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.

 

Timetable:

  • 2 May to 12 October 2024: Thursday to Saturday
  • 18 June to 28 August 2024: additionally Tuesday and Wednesday
  • No cruise on 16 and 31 May and 19 September 2024
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):

  • Adults (from age 16): CHF 14
  • Children/young people (ages 6–15): CHF 5
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.

Timetable:

  • 2 May to 12 October 2024: Thursday and Saturday
  • 18 June to 6 August 2024 and 1 and 8 October 2024: additionally on Tuesday
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

 

Price:

  • Adults (from age 16): CHF 30 for a single journey from Basel to Rheinfelden; CHF 24 for a single journey from Rheinfelden to Basel; CHF 48 return
  • Children/young people (ages 6–15): CHF 5 single; CHF 10 return
  • Children (up to age 5): free
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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. All people in this group up to and including 25 years of age pay half the 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 65 per person
    • Tea Time voucher worth CHF 55 per person
    • Season ticket voucher worth CHF 140
    • Paper vouchers CHF 20, CHF 50, CHF 100, CHF 150, CHF 200, CHF 250, CHF 300, CHF 500 or any value you choose
    • Lock cruise voucher worth CHF 48 per person
    • City and port cruise voucher worth CHF 20 per person
    • Evening cruise voucher worth CHF 14 per person
    • Winter aperitif voucher worth CHF 30, CHF 60, CHF 90, CHF 120 or an amount of your choice
    • After-work cruise voucher worth CHF 40, CHF 80, CHF 120, CHF 160 or an amount of your choice
    • Gift voucher for a relaxing break worth CHF 40, CHF 80, CHF 120, CHF 160 or an amount of your choice
  • The Rhystärn is fully wheelchair-accessible. It has a lift on board that takes you to the various decks.

    There is also a lift available at the Schifflände landing pier (78 cm wide × 210 cm long, max. load 1125 kg). 

    Find out more about the accessibility of the MS Rhystärn.

    This is where people with disabilities can find information on the accessibility of hotels, museums and events, so that they can plan their visit to Basel in advance.

  • Yes, dogs are welcome on board and travel free.

  • Yes, you can take your bike with you for free on the cruises.

  • That depends on the cruise. City and port cruise: tickets are valid for several consecutiver city cruises and port cruises one after the other. Evening cruise: tickets are valid for several successive cruises – so stay on board for as long as you like. Lock cruise: tickets are valid once for the purchased cruise.