Based on the River Rhine and close to the borders of both Germany and France, Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland. Few cities in Europe can match Basel for its concentration of cultural attractions and things to do on a short break. Book flights to Basel and discover this little gem of a city for yourself…
When to book cheap flights to Basel
There is never a bad time to fly to Basel as the summers are mild and the winters are cold but short. One of the biggest festivals in Europe, The Carnival of Basel takes place in early spring featuring lantern parades, brass bands, and costumes. For lovers of modern art, the Art Basel festival, an international showcase for contemporary and modern art takes place in June.
Autumn is a great time to book cheap Basel flights as the long standing Autumn Fair draws huge crowds with amusement rides and traditional Swiss foods and crafts. During the festive season Basel is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.
Need a place to stay in Basel? After booking your Basel flights, check out Ryanair Rooms for the best hotels, apartments and places to stay in Basel.
What to see in Basel?
Basel has one of the best preserved old town centres in Europe, featuring many beautiful architectural gems such as the red sandstone Münster, the 11th century cathedral. What better way to explore the old town of Basel than a chocolate tasting tour of the city? Alternatively, go for a leisurely cruise along the River Rhine and relax with some food and drinks as the current powered ferries take you downstream.
When you fly to Basel you’ll find the city has an extensive network of trams, local trains and buses that connects Basel with neighbouring regions and countries. Public transport in Switzerland is extensive, reliable, safe and easy to use. Basel is also incredibly bicycle and pedestrian friendly and is very easy to explore on foot.
Prefer the freedom of your own set of wheels? Check out Ryanair Car Hire for some great offers on car hire.
What to eat in Basel?
Switzerland is a melting pot of flavours, borrowing influences from German, French and Italian cuisine. If there’s one thing the Swiss are fond of, it’s cheese. With the savings you’ve made on your cheap Basel flights, you can afford to indulge in cheese fondue and raclette - and chocolate too! It may be worth packing some loose clothing…