Basel can be easily accessed by almost all the modes of transport. It is a largely connected city. You can get here by plane, by train, by bus, car and even by sea!
Air France, Swiss, Lufthansa, Jet Airways, British Airways are the main carriers that will take you to Basel from India (Mumbai, Delhi, etc.) You will have one or two stops in between.
Switzerland is a part of the Schengen country. To get your Schengen visa for Switzerland, you must go to the Swiss Consulate and carry all your travel documents, including tax papers, bank statements, etc. You must apply for a visa at the Swiss Consulate. It takes around 5 to 6 working days for the process to be completed. If you are visiting during peak hours, it would take longer.
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg is a tri-national airport - the only one in the world. It is just 4 km away from Basel. Swiss, Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, EasyJet are the reputed carriers that arrive and take off from this airport. From the airport, you can either rent a car or take a bus to get you to Basel.
Driving into Basel is also possible. However, it is important to make sure that you have the vignettes for the same. Vignettes are toll stickers, available at the border towns. It costs CHF 40. Getting a taxi from, for eg. Zurich, for four people with luggage, ¾would cost you almost CHF 200.¾
There are two main railway stations in Basel. One is the Basel SBB Station while the other is the Basel Badischer Bahnhof. At Basel SBB, you can expect to find all the trains. At Badischer Bahnhof however, Deutsche Bahn trains can also be spotted arriving. Trains to SBB leave from Zurich, Berne, Geneva. Deutsche Bahn gives you trains running at a faster speed, which leave from Berlin and Frankfurt. Night trains are also operative here, so you do not have to worry if you are getting here late.¾
A lot of tourists who flock to Basel prefer to get around on foot, as it is not only a great exercise, but also convenient, owing to the tiny lanes and side streets. Apart from that, Basel also has a large tram and bus network. You can avail of a free Mobility Pass once you check into your hotel. This pass allows you free travel, without any limits, in Basel and in the suburbs area, including the airport. This pass is valid throughout the course of your stay. If you'd like to ride around this scenic city on a bicyle, rent-a-bike options are also available. You could rent a bicycle from the Rent-a-Bike park, located under Basel's SBB Railway Station, at Centralbahnplatz. You can also take a ride across the River Rhine, in one of the ferry boats. One river crossing would cost you CHF 1.60 (adults) and CHF 0.80 (children).¾