Basel's first-class transportation system will take you anywhere. Consult www.bvb.ch/en for current schedules.
Every hotel guest in Basel receives the BaselCard when checking in. It can be used to travel free of charge on public transport, to access the free guest WiFi and to benefit from attractive cultural and leisure activities, such as discounts on admissions to museums, the zoo and much more.
For more information visit www.basel.com/en/BaselCard
The voltage in Switzerland is 230V/50 Hz.
In Switzerland the power sockets are type C (2-pin) and type J (3-pin).
Most plugs are designed for 3 pin round plug (type J). However the standard continental type C plug with 2 round pins, used on many electrical travel products, may be used without problem.
The official language of Basel is Swiss German. French and English are widely spoken.
The congress language is English. No simultaneous translation is provided.
Switzerland remains with the Swiss Franc, indicated as CHF. However, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices.
Denominations of the Swiss Franc:
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50
Bank notes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000 Francs.
For current exchange rates check here
All congress delegates should ensure that they have appropriate personal and health insurance as well as insurance for their belongings, as the congress organizers cannot accept any liability in this regard.
In Basel, the summers are warm, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 79°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 89°F.
The best time of year to visit Basel for warm-weather activities is from mid-June to early September.
To check the weather forecast, click here.
Tips for tourists
- The majority of shops are open from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm on weekdays. Saturday and Sunday are considered short working days, so shopping centers may be closed at 4:00 pm.
- The size of tips is about 10% of the total bill. In many fast food eateries and restaurants you can order food that can be taken away.