Planning a Football Trip to Basel? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Basel – How to get to Basel & How to get around
Football Trip to Basel – Fly to Basel
The closest airport to Basel is EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. It’s about 20k away. The airport is a major base for Easyjet who fly offer UK flights from Bristol, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Luton.
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Directions from the Airport
On the Swiss exit Basel’s BVB bus No. 50 connects the airport to Bahnhof SBB, which is the main Swiss and French railway station in Basel. During weekdays, there is a service every 7–8 minutes and on weekends, every 10 minutes during daytime. The duration of the trip is about 20 minutes.
Taxis from the Airport
Approximate prices from the city center to EuroAirport: BASEL: 50 CHF
Football Trip to Basel – Travel By Train
Getting a train to Basel is easy, it is just over 1 hour train ride away from Zurich and under from 5 h from Munich and Lyon and Chambèry, plus you can get a train to Basel from Milan which costs just £17.50 if you book in advance and it takes just 4h. A rail ticket from London St Pancras to Basel costs as little as £74.50 if you book in advance and takes just over 7h.
Football Trip to Basel – Travel By Coach
There’s many buses available on the route from Basel to London, which is why it’s of benefit to compare and contrast. You’re likely to get a cheap ticket for £38.83 but when demand is high, tickets tend to be a little bit more expensive.
There’s differences in travel time, depending on whether you select a bus from FlixBus, Eurolines UK or Movelia: The fastest coach from London to Basel takes as little time as 21 hr 45 min.
Football Trip to Basel – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 7 and 8 hours to drive to Basel from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.
Football Trip to Basel – Travel Around Basel
Basel is compact and easy to explore on foot there is also an extensive network of trams, local trains and buses connects Basel with neighbouring regions and countries. The left-bank of the river (Grossbasel) and right-bank (Kleinbasel) are connected by a railway bridge, four road bridges and four passenger ferries. Night buses (DE) run from Basel on Friday and Saturday nights between 1 and 4am. A separate ticket must be purchased for these rides. Check schedules and map your route online.
Football Trip to Basel – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Basel – The Stadium
St. Jakob Park is the largest football venue in Switzerland and home to FC Basel. “Joggeli”, as the venue is nicknamed by the locals, was originally built with a capacity of 33,433 seats. The capacity was increased to 42,500 for Euro 2008 then reduced to 38,512 for Swiss Super League matches.
The stadium is named after the village of St. Jakob an der Birs, which stood on the site. The name “Joggeli” is the diminutive of “Jakob” in the local dialect, making it the equivalent of “Jake”.
Football Trip to Basel – Getting to the Stadium
St. Jakob-Park is located in the south-east of the city of Basel, about 3 kilometres from Basel’s city centre and slightly less from the central railway station (Bahnhoff SBB). Part of the St. Jakob-Park complex are a shopping mall and a 70-metre tall residential tower.
St. Jakob-Park has its own train station with the same name (St. Jakob). Regular trains depart from Basel’s central station for the 8-minute journey.
Tram line 14 connects the stadium with Basel’s old city centre. Get off at stop St. Jakob. Bus 37 also connects with the centre, and bus 36 with the north bank of the city.
Football Trip to Basel – Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets online via the club website (https://ticketing.fcb.ch/Startpage.aspx?msg=0&ret=64)
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Buy your football tickets on the official site of LiveFootballTickets.com. We offer tickets for the best matches in England and European leagues online.
Football Trip to Basel – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Switzerland can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Switzerland page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Basel – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Basel – Where to stay
Most of the things you will want to see are in or near the Altstadt, between the main station and the river, so stick to that area. There are several hotels on Centralbahnhofplatz, next to the station, which is convenient for all forms of public transport.
Football Trip to Basel – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Basel it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
4-hour Basel Card (www.basel.com/en/baselcard, $27). This gives you freebies such as entry to Basel Zoo and reduced entry fees to Basel’s 40-odd museums.
In summer, swimming in the Rhine is a popular (free) activity.
After you’ve had a visit to the Old Town, make your way to the Cathedral. The Roman-Gothic Cathedral dates back to the 11th century. It is situated on Müsterhügel (Cathedral Hill). Behind the cathedral, high above the Rhine, you will find the Pfalz platform. From this point, you have an amazing view of the city.
Fondation Beyeler – This museum was designed by Renzo Piano. It contains a collection of 200 odd works of classic modernism that reflect 20th century art. The Fondation Beyeler is one of the most visited art museums in all of Switzerland and contains the works of Cézanne, Van Gogh, Klee, Matisse, Monet, Picasso and more. This museum is definitely a must see!
The Kunstmuseum – You’ll find in this museum the oldest public art collection in the world. The Kunstmuseum of Fine Arts displays works from Holbein to Picasso along with special world-class exhibitions.
Basel has the largest zoo in all of Switzerland.
Football Trip to Basel – Where to Drink
Brauner Mutz, a classic beer hall situated at Barfüsserplatz. A good place to get in contact with locals and have a beer or two. Never mind sitting at a table that still has a stool that’s not taken.
Fischerstube, Rheingasse 45. +41 61 692 66 35. The oldest brewpub in Switzerland
Restaurant Union (Altstadt Kleinbasel) There’s something of a beer hall about Restaurant Union, but for a younger and edgier crowd. The menu is suitably straightforward with no frills.
Kleinbasel has enough edgy bars for a lengthy crawl. Start out at the year-old Ladybar, a former erotic club — though the dancing poles are still in place, the current performances are by artists, writers and indie-rock bands. Half a block up, the quiet, introspective Agora draws in a conversational crowd, thanks to a no-live-music policy. Closer to the Mittlere Brücke bridge, the tiny Concierge Bar boasts just a half-dozen tables, bottles of obscure grappa and schnapps, and its own online arts magazine. Stop for a rest on the comfy couches at the hunting-themed Jägerhalle, staring at the framed paintings on the ceiling or entering one of the bar’s occasional table tennis tournaments. Finally, finish things off right where you started: the upstairs “Sääli” hall at Zum Goldenen Fass, one of Kleinbasel’s coolest places for experimental live music, bring-your-own-vinyl dance parties and theatrical performances.
Football Trip to Basel – Where to Eat
Traditional Swiss dishes are on the menu at the charming Gifthuettli restaurant (gifthuettli.ch/en, mains from $34).
The streets of the old town are lined with outdoor seating in the summer.
Brötli-Bar at the Stadthof Hotel, Barfüsserplatz, has a large selection of open sandwiches (“Brötli” to the Swiss).
Restaurant Zum Braunen Mutz, Barfüsserplatz 10, +41 61 261 33 69, city center. Great local food such as bratwurst with rosti (around 20CHF) served in a traditional beer hall setting
Alter Zoll, Elsässerstrasse 127, tram no. 11 to Hüningerstrasse, Serves excellent, homemade food for moderate prices (lunch CHF 17.50, dinner CHF 20-30).
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