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EuroAirport (tel. 061/325-25-11; www.euroairport.com) lies across the border in France and is shared by Basel, Mulhouse (France), and Freiburg (Germany). The location is 9km (5 1/2 miles) northwest of Basel. Many major European cities have direct flights into EuroAirport, but the nearest intercontinental airport is at Zurich, 80km (50 miles) southeast of Basel.

Located on the major rail lines between Paris and Zurich, Basel is the most important railroad junction in the Juras. Trip time from Paris is between 4 1/2 and 5 hours, depending on the train; from Zurich, an express train can take as little as an hour. Contact tel. 0900/300-300 or www.sbb.ch for rail information.

Basel is a junction point for highways from all over Europe. From Bern, head north on N1, continuing north on N2 at the junction. From Zurich, drive west on the same N1, turning north onto N2 at the junction.

Arriving -- If you're flying to Basel, your plane will land at the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg . A road links the Swiss sector of the airport with Switzerland. A city bus runs between the airport and Basel's main railway station, departing every 30 minutes daily between 5:20am and 12:02am; the 20-minute trip costs 4F one-way. A taxi costs from 40F and takes from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

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Basel has three railroad stations -- Swiss, French, and German -- making it one of the largest rail junctions in Europe. The SNCF station is on Centralbahnplatz, as is the SBB station. The DB station is across the Rhine and down Richenstrasse.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.