Basel Airport (BSL) car hire - compare car rental at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
The airport serving the city of Basel in Switzerland is one of the few airports in the world managed conjointly by more than one country, in this case, France and Switzerland.
Officially known as EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, the airport is actually located on the French territory, in approx. 4 miles distance from Basel city centre, in the area bordering France and Germany. The distance from Euro Airport to the French city of Mulhouse is around 14 miles. The German city of Freiburg, also included in the name of airport is located in a 43 miles distance from Euro Airport.
The airport has two IATA codes: BSL for the Swiss sector and MLH for the French one. EAP is the international code for EuroAirport.
A curious fact: the other European airport operated by two countries - also France and Switzerland - is the Geneva International Airport.
Rent a car Basel Airport – car hire in the Swiss section of EuroAirport
The Euro Airport is served by renowned car rental brands, amongst them Sixt, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz Car Hire, present in both Swiss and French sections of the airport.
When searching for car rental deals in the Swiss sector of EuroAirport on Cartrawler search engine, please introduce 'Basel Airport' or 'BSL' in the pick-up location field. It is important to remember that EuroAirport hire cars should be returned in the sector they were picked up from. It is naturally possible to book car from Basel Airport (Swiss section) to be returned at Mulhouse Airport (French section), the prices, however, are hardly ever competitive, as they are increased by the one-way rental fee.
Cheap rates for Swiss car hire from Basel Airport
It is usually possible to find well priced offers for car hire from Basel Airport.
One week of BSL car rental in economy class, for example Seat Ibiza, VW Polo or similar often costs from around £160. Prices of the popular compact class, in Basel Airport often represented by a VW Golf, Seat Leon, Ford B-Max, or similar, frequently start on Cartrawler from approx. £190 for a 7 days rental in the Swiss section of EuroAirport / Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport.
Please note that there might be some local differences in price of car hire on the Swiss and the French side of the airport.
UK flights to Basel
Direct low-cost flights to Basel (BSL) are available from Ryanair (departures from London-Stansted) and Easyjet (departures from London-Gatwick and Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh). British Airways flies to Basel from London-Heathrow.
Basel - versatile travel destination in Europe
Switzerland’s third most populous city, Basel is also a growingly popular tourist destination. Apart from preserving the historic heritage which includes a charming Medieval Old Town and many elegant Romanesque and Renaissance buildings, the city also developed a modern side with many examples of splendid contemporary art and modern architecture. Tourists in Basel appreciate the city’s lively and cosmopolitan ambience as well as an interesting cultural offer: plentiful choice of museum and the famous Basel Carnival.
For many passengers landing at EuroAirport, Basel is a stop on the way to other destinations in Switzerland but also across the borders, in France and Germany. Although Geneva Airport is one of Switzerland main gateways to the Alps, Basel Airport can also be used as a transition point to the Swiss ski resorts. The French wine region Dijon is some two hours drive away from Basel. Less then 2 hours are needed to drive from Basel to Strasbourg, home to many European Union’s institutions.
See below approximate road distances from Basel to other places of interest in France, Gemrany and Switzerland:
- distance Basel - Strasbourg: 140 km / 87 mi
- distance Basel - Dijon: 254 km / 159 mi
- distance Basel - Mulhouse: 37 km / 23 mi
- distance Basel - Freiburg: 67 km / 42 mi
- distance Basel - Zurich: 85 km / 53 mi
- distance Basel - Lucerne: 95 km / 60 mi
- distance Basel - Interlaken: 150 km / 94 mi
- distance Basel - Bern: 87 km / 54 mi