The Swiss city of Basel is ideally and uniquely situated very close to the border of two surrounding countries. There is one international airport servicing the city, which is also in close proximity to Mulhouse in France and Freiburg in Germany. Onward travel to Basel is very quick and easy thanks to very regular bus connections and the airport's location just a couple of miles away from the city.
The main arrival airport for flights to Basel is the international EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. Interestingly, the airport actually lies on French soil and is operated in partnership by both France and Switzerland. The airport is two miles north-west of Basel with multiple options for onward travel. Buses run roughly every seven minutes to the city and there are cab offerings as well.
A number of airlines offer flights to Basel from all over the United Kingdom. easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways provide direct flight options, while KLM and Vueling offer transfers to Basel Mulhouse Freiburg via Amsterdam and Barcelona, respectively.
Whether it be for a weekend cultural stay or a prolonged trip which takes in the surrounding cities, flying to Basel is the quickest and often cheapest way to experience the region. With return flights available from all over the UK, and flight times from London being as short as one hour 35 minutes, flying will likely always be a low-cost and convenient option. Direct flights depart daily from airports including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and London, making it easier than ever to explore the Swiss city of Basel.
Basel offers an array of architecture reflecting the deep history of the city, including its monasteries and churches. The world's oldest art museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, is a cultural high-point of the city, while the University of Basel Botanical Garden is a slice of Swiss serenity. The unique positioning of the city makes exploration of the surround countries a viable option, too. Just over the border into Germany is the Frank Gehry-designed Vitra Design Museum that's world renowned for its furniture and lighting design. Getting around the city and neighbouring countries is made simple by the tram and bus networks on offer. For those staying at a hotel in Basel, be sure to take advantage of the BaselCard which gives full free access to the public transport network.