Airports in Basel
Located at a distance of 6 kilometres to the north-west of the city, Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg is the main airport serving the city. One of the few airports in the world operated jointly by two countries, France and Switzerland, it is located in France, in the administrative territory of the commune of Saint-Louis near the Swiss and German borders.
At the airport, the Swiss customs area is connected to Basel by a border road. Swiss and French sections are the two parts into which the airport building has been split. Three IATA airport codes: BSL (Basel), the Swiss code; MLH (Mulhouse), the French code; and EAP (EuroAirport), the international code; have been provided to it, due to its unique international status.
The Second World War stopped the plans that started in the 1930s for the construction of a joint Swiss-French airport. It was agreed to construct the airport at Blotzheim in 1946. As a part of the agreement, France was to provide the land, and the Swiss Canton of Basel-Stadt was to take care of the construction costs.
Although officially opened on 8 May 1946, construction of the airport commenced on 8 March 1946. The airport got its present name in 1987. Since 2004, the airport is the base of the low cost carrier EasyJet.
The airport has one terminal and is linked to the city by A35 motorway. The airport has conference rooms that are facilitated with television, video recorder, overhead projector and slide projector. The airport also has a bank, as well as ATMs and bureaux de change. Tourists can get paid Wi-Fi access at various points throughout the airport.
Travellers can also find a restaurant on the 5th floor, along with bars and snack bars on levels 2, 3 and 4. Children's play areas, hotel information desk, duty-free shops in the international departures area and Swiss Railways ticket counter are also present at the airport.
Located at a distance of 45 kilometres from Basel, Fontaine Airport is located in Belfort, France. The airport is situated at an elevation of 368 metres above sea level. Using the airport code BOR, it is referred to by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). To travel to the city from this local airport, tourists can opt for trains, cars and domestic flights.
Transfers to city
To reach the city from Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, rented cars, buses and taxis are available. From the offices of the rental agencies that are located on the second floor of both sectors, tourists can hire cars to reach the city. Rental agencies that have their offices at the airport include Autopole, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Citer and Sixt.
On the Swiss side, BVB (Basler Verkehrsbetriebe) bus 50 runs a service from the airport to the destination. Saint-Louis Station, from where trains connect to Mulhouse, can be reached by metrocars.
In front of the arrivals hall, there are taxi ranks. These are located on both the French and Swiss sides. Taxis to the city are operated by Taxi Zentrale, 33 Taxi, Taxi Marti, and Taxis des 3 Frontieres.
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