Basel Airport Trains (BSL)

Basel-Mulhouse Airport is located nearby three major cities of three countries, and it’s unusual international status makes it quite an interesting airport. It is approximately 6km, or 3.7 miles from Basel, Switzerland, 22km, or 14 miles from Mulhouse, France, and 70km, or 43 miles south of Freiburg, in Germany. The airport, although completely built in the country of France, in the commune of Saint-Louis, is directly connected to Basel by a customs road free from French border restrictions. The facilities are jointly operated by authorities from the two countries. Unfortunately, at present there is no airport train station for passengers in need of public transport, but future plans may include a railway station. For now, there are bus services connecting to the major train stations nearby.

The terminal building is separated into Swiss and French sections, and therefore, passengers will either arrive in ‘France’ or ‘Switzerland’. Both sided of the terminal are fully equipped with all essential facilities, offer their own car parking areas and have various forms of transport available from outside the arrival halls. Passengers may also move from one section of the airport to the other in the departures area, by showing their valid travel documents. For train connections, passengers at Basel-Mulhouse Airport will need to use one of the public bus services available, or travel by taxi. There are three train stations in the nearby vicinity of the airport, as well as one in Germany, known as the Basel Badischer Bahnhof. Buses travel frequently, and are a convenient way to reach the train stations they serve. They are also less expensive than a taxi.

From the Swiss side of the airport, the BVB bus line 50 takes passengers to the Basel Central Train Station, or the Basel SBB. This is one of the city’s main train stations, and it also serves the French SNCF rail and the German DB trains. BVB is the Basel Bus Company, which operates the local buses and trams within the city, as well as the buses which travel to many nearby regions. The Line 50 bus from the airport will take about twenty minutes to reach the Basel SBB train station, and tickets can be purchased from the bus driver. Children between the ages of 6 and 16 will benefit from reduced fares. One way and round trip journey tickets are available.

The Basel SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) train station, along with its French SNCF division, is built in a 1907 building considered as a heritage site of national importance. There are various facilities at the train station, and direct connections to the tram network of the city, as the Centralbahnplatz, which is a major hub of the Basel Tram network, is located just outside the station. From the Basel SBB railway station, ICE high speed trains travel to Frankfurt and Berlin, the TGV high speed French trains offer connections to Paris, Strasbourg, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Brussels and Milan, and there are also night trains available to Copenhagen, Moscow, Prague and Rome, as well as other cities in the countries of France, Germany and Italy. The new TGV-Est line completed in 2007 now allows passengers to travel to Paris in just three and a half hours, and the ICE high speed line from Karlsruhe to Basel was completed in 2008. The other major train station in Basel is the Basel Badischer Bahnhof, on the opposite side of the city, and trains usually stop here on their way to or from the Basel SBB.

Passengers arriving on the French side of Basel Airport can take the Distribus Bus No. 11 to the nearby train station in Saint-Louis. Passengers who would then like to continue to Mulhouse, France, can change onto a train at this station. The Gare de Mulhouse, or the Gare de Mulhouse-Ville, is the main railway station for the city of Mulhouse, in the Alsace region of the country, and is the eastern terminus of the Paris-Mulhouse railway. The station’s address is 10 avenue du Général Leclerc, 68100, Mulhouse, and it is owned by the companies of RFF and SNCF. From the Mulhouse train station, TGV trains travel to Basel, and to many other cities, including Paris, Nice, Strasbourg, Zurich and Luxembourg. There is also a tram stop on the forecourt of this SNCF station, serving the as the terminus of lines two and three of the Mulhouse tramway. Tram-trains are available to Thann as well.

The third bus service available from Mulhouse Airport, taking passengers between the terminal and a railway station, is the Freiburger Reisedeinst bus, travelling to the central coach station situated next to the railway station in Freiburg, Germany. DB (Die Bahn) train services are available from the station to many locations.

Although there is no train station on site, there is a SBB counter for the sale of Swiss Federal Railway tickets for domestic and international travel, rail passes, and various other services relating to the Swiss Travel System. Staff here also help with worldwide hotel bookings and manage the sale of event tickets. The office is found on Level 2 of the airport terminal, in the public sector of the Swiss arrival hall. In the nearby future, it is possible that the airport will have its own train station.