Basel Railway Station was built in 1907 and has now been designated as a heritage site. In the entrance hall there's a wonderful mix of gleaming, modern facilities set against the backdrop of a wooden roof, original paintings of Swiss landscapes and an old station clock that rests above the aged panelling housing ticket machines. It's a very busy station as Basel is at the crossroads for journeys into France and Germany.
Basel SBB is very easy to navigate, even though it's a large station. You arrive in the main hall via two entrances either side of the ornate facade. From there, take escaltors or lifts up to the Passarelle, a long hall that traverses the tracks. There's a car park at the far end of this. Access to the platforms is from the Passarelle. To take trains to France via SNCF you remain on the ground floor, follow the signs, and pass through customs. There is no passport control due to the Schengen agreement between Switzerland, France and Germany. This is a very easy process and it shouldn't take longer than 15 mins if you're changing trains. The French area is know as Bale SNCF.
Shops & bars
Ticket windows, shops and cafes are up on the Passarelle. There are cashpoints located near the entrance and in West passage. There's a station restaurant which offers good breakfasts also in the West passage on the right as you enter the station. The bar and restaurant here is very lovely, with panelled walls and elegant decoration. Well worth a visit.
The baggage service is on -1, next to the escalator. There is a baggage counter, where you can leave your luggage, no matter of the size and lockers.
If you take the tram from the river dock, the station is right along the square that is a huge tram terminus - you can't miss it.
There are excellent facilities for disabled travellers at Basel SBB Station. They include: Wheelchair access to the ticket office, platforms, waiting room and toilets. Ticket windows with loudspeaker facilities and open ticket windows for people using a hearing device. Wheelchairs for use in the station available at the station helpdesk Assistance boarding and alighting trains. To request assistance boarding or alighting trains, call Swiss Railways on 0800 007 102 (free in Switzerland) at least an hour before your train departs. Parking is at the rear of the station -1 til -3 and the main tram terminus is near the front of the station.
Need to know.
Even though changing trains from the Swiss to the French section is straightforward, make sure you leave enough time to get across the station.