Basel's main station:  Click for location & city map...

Basel SBB is the main station in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland after Zurich & Geneva.  It's a major hub for Swiss domestic trains and you'll often find yourself changing trains here.  The SBB simply refers to Swiss Federal Railways, to distinguish it from Basel's other mainline station, Basel Bad Bf.

small bullet point  Overview

small bullet point  Which platform for your train?

small bullet point  Luggage lockers, ticket office, ATMs, WiFi

small bullet point  Cafes, bars, restaurants & supermarkets

small bullet point  Hotels near the station

small bullet point  Taxis, U-bahn, trams

 

small bullet point  Basel's other station: Basel Bad Bf.

On other pages....

small bullet point  Trains from Basel to other European cities

small bullet point  Trains from other European cities to Basel

small bullet point  General information for European train travel

Station overview...

A station first opened on this spot in 1854, but the current station building dates from 1900-1907.  It's a through station (not a terminus) with a historic station building and booking hall on the northeast side of the tracks and a large modern footbridge (the Passerelle)  lined with retail units spanning the tracks, with escalators down to each platform.  See a 3D plan of Basel SBB station at plans.trafimage.ch/basel-sbb (please let me know if this link stops working).

Basel SBB exterior

Basel SBB's main station building on the northeast side of the tracks, dating from 1900-1907.  The two main station entrances are directly beneath the clock towers.

Basel SBB main hall

Main hall, taken from the top of the escalators up to the overbridge (passerelle) across the tracks, looking towards the front of the station.  One of the two main station entrances is visible on the right, the other is out of shot to the left.  The escalators in the centre lead down to a lower level with left luggage office & lockers.  Photo courtesy of Stefan Moser.

Those original wood-panelled ticket windows are now closed, there's a new walk-in SBB ticket office in a corner of the hall.

Basel SBB main hall

Main hall, looking across it with the exits to the street out of shot to the left and the escalators up to the overbridge (passerelle) out of shot to the right.  The arrow marks the entrance to the new SBB-CFF-FFS ticket office.  Courtesy of Stefan Moser.

Basel SBB, escalators up to the footbridge   Basel SBB, entrance to new SBB ticket office

Steps & escalators from main hall up to the overbridge.

 

Entrance to the new SBB ticket office, in the main hall.

Basel SBB's overbridge or 'passerelle'

The overbridge or passerelle across all the tracks, a modern structure lined with shops & food outlets.  There are steps & escalators down to each platform.  Courtesy of Stefan Moser.

Which platform for your train?

Basel SBB platforms

A tilting ICN train at platform 14.  In the background you can see the large footbridge (Passarelle) linking all the tracks.

Left luggage, ticket office, ATMs, WiFi...

Somewhere to eat & drink...

Restaurant Lora at Basel SBB

Restaurant Lora (www.lorabasel.ch) inside Basel SBB station, for a coffee, beer or meal.  Courtesy of Alexander Blackburn.

Supermarkets & shops...

Hotels near Basel SBB...

Local transportWalking, taxis, trams...

More information...

Basel Badischer Bahnhof...

Basel Badischer Bahnhof (usually abbreviated to Basel Bad Bf.) is a secondary station in the north of the city.  The name refers to the Duchy of Baden State Railways, whose station this once was.  Trains between Germany & Switzerland call here before or after using Basel SBB.  Although located in Switzerland, most of the station is run by Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) although as Germany & Switzerland are now in the Schengen area, the old customs controls are no longer used.  If you're connecting for other destinations in Switzerland, you should use Basel SBB station.

 


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