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Why rent a car in Basel?

A thriving hub of modern art and contemporary design, Basel is positioned on the banks of the Rhine, home to both a spectacular medieval old town and an array of striking new architecture, heavily influenced by pioneering architects Herzog & De Meuron, whose head office is based in the city.

Between high-end art fair Art Basel, luxury watch and jewellery expo Baselworld and the city’s annual winter carnival (the biggest in Switzerland and a tradition stretching back 700 years), there is always plenty to see and do in this lively city. With a hire car, you can explore the varied cultural experiences Basel has to offer, with a whole range of museums dedicated to everything from cutting-edge contemporary art to the Toy World Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of teddy bears.

How to get to and around Basel?

Fly into EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, situated around two miles northwest of Basel itself. From there, it’s an easy 10-minute drive down the A35 into the centre of town.

With a hire car you can drive to a range of picturesque towns and cities within easy reach of Basel, such as the Swiss capital of Bern (50 minutes’ drive) and the picturesque town of Baden (also 50 minutes in the car), where you can take a dip in the historic thermal springs. The urban metropolis of Zurich is also just an hour away, and you can even cross the border into France to visit the quaint city of Mulhouse (40 minutes’ drive) which boasts a spectacular 19th century church in the Gothic revival style.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Basel to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Sixt to Enterprise and Dollar.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Basel

Basel is packed full of museums and galleries dedicated to the artists who have called the city home, including sculptor Jean Tinguely. A museum dedicated to his surreal and playful installations sits on the banks of the Rhine, where you can interact with his kinetic sculptures to set them in motion. The Tinguely fountain in the centre of town was gifted to Basel by the artist. Just round the corner from this is the Kunstmuseum – showcasing one of the oldest public art collections in Europe, including the world’s largest collection of works by Holbein.

Venture across the German boarder (15 minutes’ drive) and you can explore the Vitra Design Museum – dedicated to furniture manufacturer Vitra, where you can watch furniture being made and even purchase a piece yourself, before hurtling down Carsten Höller's 38-metre-long Vitra slide. Further afield is Interlaken (two hours’ drive), where you can travel up to the snow-capped peaks of the Jungfrau and Schiltorn mountains.

Tips and tricks for driving in Basel

The speed limit is 31mph in built-up areas, 50mph on open roads and 75mph on motorways. Even during the day you must sound your horn before travelling round a sharp bend with limited visibility and, at night, flash your headlights instead.

Ready to plan your Basel city break?

Feeling inspired to start exploring Basel and other parts of Switzerland? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

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FAQs for car hire in Basel

What’s the best price car rental in Basel?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £66 in Basel.

What’s the average car rental price in Basel?

On average, car rentals in Basel are £68.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Basel?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Basel?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.