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How to get from Basel SSB to Basel Airport

Basel SSB train station is conveniently located in the heart of Basel city centre, Switzerland. Since its opening in 1854, Basel SSB has become the busiest international border station in Europe. You can easily access cities in France, Germany, Switzerland and the rest of Europe from this large train station. 

When it comes to travelling from Basel SSB to Basel airport, you have two options; taxi or bus. Taking a Basel taxi is the fastest but most expensive way to travel, as it costs around €45 and takes just 15 minutes to reach the airport. Taking the number 50 bus will take around 20 minutes and cost just €4.70 per traveller one-way.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €45 15min 24/7
Bus €9.40 20min 04:28–00:33

How to get from Basel SSB to Basel Airport by Taxi

The quickest and easiest way to get directly from Basel SSB to the airport is by taking a Basel taxi. The journey time is an impressive 15 minutes and the cost will be around €45, based on a taximeter.

Cost of a taxi from Basel Train Station to Basel Airport

If you’re travelling from Basel airport to Basel train station and back, the cost will be around €45 each way. For most journeys, the taxis in Basel use a taximeter to calculate your journey, but occasionally, from Basel SSB to the airport, you can secure a set rate fare.

If you’d like a set-rate fare you can rely on for your transfer, we recommend booking in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€45

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Prices may very unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Basel Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Basel SSB Station?

There’s an official taxi rank located just outside of Basel SSB train station. Simply exit the station and you will see the line of taxis waiting for you.

Convenience

As taxis are available 24/7 at Basel SSB train station, and they take just 15 minutes to reach Basel airport, they are the most convenient transfer option. You won’t have to worry about waiting in the cold or trying to move your luggage onto crowded buses.

Editor’s Note

Keep in mind that when crossing a land border, there will be checks and tolls. Any charges incurred from the tolls will be added to your final fare.

Useful Tips

Be sure to keep your passport to hand as you will be crossing a land border.
Discuss with your driver before beginning your journey if you'd like a set-rate fare.
Luggage that fits in the trunk of the taxi can be transported for free.

How to get from Basel SSB to Basel Airport by Bus

The number 50 bus runs from Basel train station to Basel airport every day. The total journey time is around 20 minutes and the cost is just €4.70, making it a budget-friendly transfer option.

How much is the bus from Basel SSB to Basel Airport?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the number 50 bus from Basel SSB to the airport is just €4.70 for adults, €3.10 for children aged 6 to 16 and free for children under the age of 6.

Cost

€4.70

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*There's a waiting time of 10 minutes for the number 50 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The number 50 bus runs from 04:28 to 24:33.

Where do I find the bus at Basel SSB Train Station?

The number 50 bus can be found at the corresponding bus stop just outside Basel SSB train station. Simply head out of the exit door located next to the Raiffeisen money exchange and you will see the bus stop to your left.

Convenience

Taking the bus from Basel train station to Basel airport is a cheap transfer option, but it’s not the most convenient. You will need to wait in line for an empty bus, which during peak travel can be a long wait, and you will need to try and hold any large luggage items during your transfer as there’s very little storage onboard.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling during the early hours of the morning or late at night, the number 50 bus won't be running. In this case, I recommend taking a Basel taxi instead.

Useful Tips

Be sure to arrive at least 5 minutes early to get a seat on the bus.
The number of each bus is lit up on the front.
There's very little storage space on the bus, so be sure to travel light.

Frequently asked questions

How to get from Basel SBB to Basel airport?

There are two different transfer options from Basel SSB to Basel Airport; taxi or bus. Taking a local Basel taxi will cost around €45 and take 15 minutes to reach the airport. The number 50 bus is cheaper, at €4.70 a ticket, but takes 20 minutes to reach Basel airport, not including wait times.

Is there a return Basel Airport to Basel SBB bus ticket available?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the bus from Basel SSB to the airport is €4.70. There are no return ticket options available, so the journey to and from Basel Airport to Basel train station would be €9.40.

Where can I find the Basel SBB to Basel Airport bus timetable?

You can find all the information for the number 50 bus from Basel train station to Basel airport, such as the timetable, route map and prices, on the official BVB website. 

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