Ski Resorts near Basel Airport

Choose from hundreds of ski resorts near Basel airport in Switzerland, France and Austria. With transfer times varying, why not check our tables below to get some idea on resorts as well as how long it takes to transfer once you land. Perfect for working out the weekends away.

Basel is ideally situated for skiing  with quick transfers available to world class ski resorts. Davis is 230km away, the glacier resort of Engelberg is 130km away and Grindelwald is only 167km away. So whilst Geneva may be the better known airport Basel will open up a number of ski resorts just one hours drive away and 60 more resorts that are less than two hours drive away.

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Basel, Switzerland

Basel really does lie in the heart of Europe in the centre of a triangle of France, Germany and Switzerland laying between the Swiss Jura, Germany's Black Forest and Vosges in Alsace. Due to its location Basel is a major transportation hub, it has three railway stations and an airport served by international airlines.

What's in Basel?

Basel is a beautiful city and one of the best things to do is simply take a walk through its Old Town. Here you will find 15th century buildings alongside great modern architecture. If museums are your bag you will find great variety here from the Pantheon, a classic car museum, to the Kunsthalle,  a leading museum of contemporary art.

There's also the botanical gardens at the University of Basel and the amazing Monkey Mountain set in the hills of the Alsace. Here you can find 200 Barbary macaques living free in a great wildlife park. And for wine lovers amongst you check out Colmar, the capital of the Alsace wine growing region.

Accessing the Slopes

As interesting as all that is it is the skiing and boarding that you have come here for, so what's the best way to get on the snow from Basel?


There are direct flights from the United Kingdom to Basel from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester. The journey from Heathrow takes only 1 hour 39 minutes and you have a choice of 7 airlines. British Airways offer the largest number of flights. Easyjet fly from Edinburgh to Basel and from Manchester you are looking at Swiss air and BMI. Flights from London Gatwick are operated by Easyjet who fly direct a few times a week.

Once at the airport you are only 7km northwest of Basel city centre and although the airport actually sits on French territory it is jointly operated by Switzerland and France. So once here you can decide on public transport or driving yourself.


There are no direct trains from Basel Airport  but the train stations of Saint Louis and Basel Bahnhof SBB are only a 5 minute journey from the airport. If you purchase a Swiss rail pass you can get significant discounts on all your travel options. For most ski resorts you will need to make some changes but you can be in Saas Fee in 3 hours and Wengen in 2 and a quarter hours.


Car hire is relatively straightforward with most major car hire companies based at the airport. The roads in Switzerland are as good as the public transport. Within two hours you can drive to the resorts of Adelboden, Engelberg, la Rosiere and Les 2 Alpes. Within 3 hours you could be in Abondance, Arosa or even Chamonix.

By Will Smith