Basel Mulhouse Freiburg EuroAirport is primarily thought of as a Swiss airport, but is actually located on French land. It's the home base for regional airlines Belair and easyJet Switzerland, and also has departures with many other airlines that go to destinations throughout Europe. The airport is governed jointly by the two countries under the terms of a treaty. There are two separate sections to the airport that are overseen by each country, but travelers who are departing can move freely between the two; when you exit the airport you will pass through the customs area of the country you are entering.
While some service from this airport is seasonal, the majority of the flights offered here are available year-round. Between the various carriers you can get a direct flight to just about every major city in Europe as well as some destinations in the Middle East. Air Transat also offers seasonal service to Montreal.
When searching for flight deals, be aware that Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport actually has three different airport codes: one for the French section (MLH), one for the Swiss section (BSL) and a neutral code (EAP). The code used when booking a departing flight is not usually important, as all flights from this airport leave from a single terminal.
Popular Destinations from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport
The route with the most traffic by far from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport is the one to Berlin. easyJet currently provides all of the service to the capital of Germany.
Other very popular routes from this airport include London, Amsterdam, Palma de Mallorca, Paris and Istanbul. Each of these routes sees over 100,000 passengers depart from the airport per year.
easyjet also serves all of these popular cities, but there are more options on each of these routes; for example, you can opt for British Airways to London or Niki for Palma de Mallorca.
Getting to Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport
Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport is located on the France-Switzerland border, just northwest of the Swiss city of Basel. While exiting after arrival can be a little complicated due to customs requirements, getting to the airport for an outgoing flight is fairly simple.
If you're coming by train, you can reach the Basel Central Train Station using the rail lines of France, Switzerland or Germany. There is no train stop directly from the airport, but it is a short ride on Basel city bus #50 from this station. There are further bus connections running between the airport and the French rail stations at Mulhouse and Frieburg (by way of the Flixbus shuttle), and the German St. Louis station (using the Distribus). If you are in Zurich, Strasbourg, Colmar or Frieburg, you can skip the rail transfer altogether and just get directly on a Flixbus to the airport.
Of course, many different taxi services are available to take you to either the French or Swiss sector. The airport website maintains a current list.
Things to Do at Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport
Free WiFi is available in all areas of the airport.
There are actually more dining options pre-security than post-security. Once you get into the passenger area you're looking at a Bert's, Monop'daily, Illy Cafe or Columbus Cafe as your only options. There is also a VIP lounge (the Skyview Lounge) available to all passengers for a daily entry fee. The lounge is situated in a large glass dome with great views, and various complimentary snacks and drinks are available. You may get free entry or a reduced price if you are a member of the loyalty programs of a number of the airlines that serve this airport.
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