Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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Face coverings remain mandatory at Heathrow

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    One of the largest cities in Switzerland, Basel is a uniquely multicultural destination thanks to its location where the Swiss, French and German borders meet. Primarily German-speaking, the city is an important cultural centre in Switzerland and has a number of theatres, concert halls and museums.

    One of the most important cultural centres in Basel is the highly regarded Kunstmuseum (Fine Arts Museum), which has a world-class collection of both modern art and old masters. Other excellent art museums include the Schaulager, the Fondation Beyeler, and the Kunsthalle Basel. The animated mechanical works at the Museum Jean Tinguely are also a must-see.

    On a beautiful day, visitors can easily spend a pleasant morning strolling around the Old Town area, situated between the Basel Zoo and the Rhine River, where the cobbled streets and Romanesque cathedrals are interspersed with market squares, shops, and cafes. A tour of the beautifully renovated Rathaus (Town Hall) is essential.

    While Basel is a lively city, it truly comes to life for three days each year during Basler Fasnacht, its version of Carnival. Costumed parades, concerts, fire shows and other events are on constant rotation, though the festival frowns on excessive drinking and lewd conduct, and is considered very family-friendly.

    Situated on the Rhine River, Basel is very nearly a seaport, with large ships coming in from the Black Sea. River cruises are a popular pastime, and Basel is a great starting point for a week-long cruise through Germany and Amsterdam.

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    Basel is located in one of the warmest areas of Switzerland, with average temperatures two to three degrees higher than other parts of the country. Average temperatures are around 67F (19C) in the peak of summer (July and August), and hover around 35F (2C) in the winter months of December, January and February. Precipitation is fairly steady throughout the year, with an average of ten wet days per month. Snow is not common and rarely falls heavily enough to blanket the roads. The best time to visit Basel is in late spring (mid-May and June) and early autumn (mid-August and October).

    EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg
    Location: The airport is located nearly four miles (6km) northwest of Basel, Switzerland.
    Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October).
    Getting to the city: There is regular bus service from the airport to a number of local towns, including Basel, Strasbourg, Saint Louis, Mulhouse and Freiburg. There is no direct rail service to the airport, but there are train stations in Basel.
    Car Rental: Avis, Europcar and Sixt are among the car rental companies operating at Basel Airport.
    Airport Taxis: There are taxis available on both the Swiss and French sides of the airport. The average fares to nearby towns are as follows: Mulhouse €50, Freiburg €125, and Basel CHF 50. Fares will be higher at night.
    Facilities: The terminal contains an information desk, restaurants and cafes, duty-free shopping, currency exchange facilities, a comprehensive business centre and ATMs.
    Parking There is plenty of short and long-term parking available, but prices vary between the French and Swiss sides.

    Many streets in the old city have been pedestrianised and Basel is fairly compact, so tourists tend to get around on foot. Walking tours are only recommended for the moderately fit, however, as some parts of the city have steep inclines. Bicycles are available for hire, and the extensive bus and tram network is easy to use. Visitors can purchase tickets online, and from machines at stops and stations; single tickets and day passes are available. Taxi apps such as Uber, Lyft, Ola and Didi are also options. Visitors should note that the large number pedestrians, trams, buses and bicycles make the city confusing to drive in, and that parking is scarce. Hiring a car is only recommended for excursions out of the city.

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