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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Basel

Hertz Car Rental in Basel has branches conveniently located at the airport and city centre landmarks to make hiring a car in the Swiss city as easy as can be. While driving in the city centre is not necessarily recommended due to its small size and somewhat confusing traffic system, a car is essential if you plan to explore the city’s outskirts, the Jura Mountains, more of Switzerland, or even France and Germany, both of which share borders with Basel.

Basel itself is often overlooked in favour of Geneva, Zürich and Bern, but it is a beautiful city in its own right with a stunning medieval town centre, world class museums and gorgeous architecture. If you’re looking for some motoring thrills, you’re less than 50 minutes by car from Karting Indoor Develier, boasting hundreds of metres of racing circuits. Families may also want to check out Basel Zoo - the largest and oldest zoo in Switzerland. Culture lovers can visit the more than two dozen museums in the city, or you can just enjoy a stroll around the Old Town, visiting the Münster, or shopping in the Marktplatz.

Driving and Parking in Basel

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 25 to rent a car in Basel, or over 19 if paying an age differential charge. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Basel, take a look at our page about renting a car in Switzerland.

In Basel, the official language is German, so you should be aware that road signs on highways and the Autobahn will be in that language. It’s also worth remembering that, if you’re driving between November and March, you will require winter tyres. If you rent a car in Basel, during this time, Hertz will automatically charge a winterisation fee in order to take care of this for you. All of the usual EU driving rules apply in Basel, including the need for appropriate child seats, which you can hire from Hertz for an additional fee.

Parking in Basel is both scarce and expensive, so if your hotel or accommodation includes parking, it’s probably best to use that where possible. Blue Zones offer limited parking for up to an hour, while White Zones offer unlimited parking. Be sure to check local signs and instructions though, so you do not incur a fine.

Pickup Locations Basel

  • Basel Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-2300, Sa 0800-2300, Su 0830-2300.

    Address: Flughafenstrasse

    Phone: +41 61 325 27 80

  • Brueglingerstrasse 2

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0700-1300, Su closed

    Address: Brueglingerstrasse 2

    Phone: 41-61-335-63-00

  • Nauenstrasse 33

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0700-1600, Su 0800-1200

    Address: Nauenstrasse 33,
    (2 minutes from the Railway Station)

    Phone: 41-61-205-92-22

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Driving in and around Basel

Key Routes

Basel is on the A3 Autobahn and this provides a useful way to avoid the congested — and confusing — city streets. Bear in mind, though, that it will be busy during peak times. If you want a more scenic drive and don’t mind braving the city streets, a drive along the River Rhine is a must, especially if you take in some of the city’s five bridges, which can offer spectacular views of the water and the city.

Major Highways

If you are looking to explore Europe, the A3 will connect you with the A35 in France, leading to the historic Alsace region. Heading in the opposite direction, the A3 will also help you reach the historic country of Liechtenstein. The A2 will connect you with Germany’s A5, which in turn will take you to the Black Forest or on to the city of Stuttgart. Staying within Switzerland, the A3 will get you to the road network leading to Zürich, while the A2 and the A18 both provide a scenic drive to Bern. If you choose not to turn off for Bern, the A18 can also lead you into the Jura Mountains to take advantage of the many ski resorts.
** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.