Car Hire from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport
Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport is excellently placed for exploring some of Europe’s must-see destinations. Located on the border of Switzerland, France and Germany, there are varied cultures and landscapes to experience, all within easy driving distance. Hiring a car from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport is a great way to see some of this exciting region.
Where to hire a car at Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport
Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport has a French and a Swiss sector. There is a cross-over point between these two halves on the third floor of the terminal. In the both the French sector and the Swiss Sector there are car hire offices for Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. The French sector offices are located in the terminal building in hall 1 on level 2, while the Swiss sector offices are located in the terminal building in hall 4 on level 2.
If you are planning on driving in France, French sector car hire offices will have cars equipped with the compulsory breathalyser kit whilst Swiss cars will come with a vignette, a disc on the windscreen that you’ll need in order to drive on Swiss motorways. However, hiring a car from the French side of the airport usually works out cheaper than hiring from the Swiss side.
It is always worth checking with your hire company for any restrictions or fees associated with travelling between countries.
Petrol Stations near Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport
If you have hired your car on a “full to full” fuel policy you will need to ensure you refuel the car at the nearest petrol station to Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport.
There are two car parks located within the airport limits. The French sector petrol station is located next to car park F6. The Swiss sector petrol station is next to car park S3. Both are open 24 hours a day.
Driving around Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport
Roads around Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport are generally well-maintained and easy to navigate. The airport’s website gives handy information on any roadworks affecting access to the airport.
From the airport, the E35 north takes you to Freiburg and across the border with Germany. The A35 and then route 3 go into Basel city centre, while route 3 continues towards Zurich. To E25 goes north from the airport towards Mulhouse.
Getting to your destination
Located in France, close to borders with Switzerland and Germany, hiring a car from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport means you can easily access the highlights of the three countries.
Basel is an ancient city, with a medieval old town, a world-famous annual carnival and incredible art galleries. Visitors could spend days wandering around its pretty cobbled streets and winding alleys. The city is also home to a vibrant central market and a city zoo.
Basel city is just 10 minutes’ drive from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport, taking the A35 and then route 3 into the centre. The old town centre of Basel can be confusing to navigate by car so parking on the outskirts is advisable. For those who do drive into the city centre, be aware that trams always have right of way.
The Black Forest
The Black Forest is a fairy tale location, full of dark woodland, traditional farmhouses and winding rivers. It covers a vast area which includes Triberg, where the cuckoo clock was invented, and the pretty spa town of Baden-Baden. Beautiful towns, villages and plenty of countryside to hike, bike and adventure in make a trip to the Black Forest varied and fun-filled.
The Black Forest is around an hour and 40 minutes from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport, taking the E25 north and then the E60 to cross the German border.
The province of Alsace, in France close to the German border, is an intriguing cultural mix. Architecture, cuisine and language all demonstrate influences from both France and Germany. It’s a region of great food and wine along with some stunning, picturesque scenery and makes for a great driving tour.
Driving from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport to Alsace is around a 60 minute drive. It’s an easy journey, taking the A25 north out of the airport and following it all the way up. There are park and ride systems in various Alsace towns, which can get busy with tourists during the Christmas period.