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The EuroAirport serves Basel in Switzerland, Mulhouse in France, and Freiburg in Germany. Although it sits on French land, the airport is very close to the Swiss border. It was built after the second world war when Switzerland wanted to expand the airport in Basel. With a lack of space, they started negotiations with the French for land. In return for the land EuroAirport sits on, Switzerland paid for construction. It is one of the few airports in the world which is operated jointly by two countries.

Collecting a hire car from EuroAirport- Basel Airport, Mulhouse AirportEuroAirport. Photo: Google Maps/Stock

A state treaty is in place which allows the two countries, Switzerland and France, access to the airport without any customs or border restrictions.

MLH is the IATA code for the French side of the airport, BSL is for the Swiss side, and EAP is the neutral code.

There is only one terminal building at EuroAirport, but after you’ve collected your luggage, you can enter the Swiss side or the French side, depending on your plans.

The terminal is split into four levels; parking is on the lowest level, with arrivals on Level 2, check-in on Level 3 and departures on Level 4.

Whether you’ll be holidaying in France or Switzerland will decide on whether you book to hire a car from Mulhouse Airport or Basel Airport.

We currently work with the car rental providers Europcar, Flizzr, Keddy and Thrifty at Mulhouse Airport, on the French side of EuroAirport. We work with Dollar, Thrifty, Europcar and Alamo at Basel Airport, the Swiss side of EuroAirport.

All car rental providers are easy to find in the terminal building. They are located at the far ends of the hall for the country you want to exit into. From arrivals, head into either the Swiss or the French side. The car rental desks line the building and are easy to locate. You can view a terminal map here.

Cars are kept in the airport car park, on the respective side for the country you are travelling to.

Returning the hire car to EuroAirport

You will need to return the vehicle to the side of the airport that you collected from. Signage to the airport is clearly marked with car rental signs to direct you to the appropriate car park.

Hire car from EuroAirport- Basel Airport, Mulhouse AirportReturning a hire car to the French side of EuroAirport, Mulhouse Airport. Photo: Google Maps/Stock

Hire car at EuroAirport- Basel AirportReturning a hire car to the Swiss side of EuroAirport, Basel Airport. Photo: Google Maps/Stock

Hiring a car from EuroAirport

If at any point during your rental, from before you collect the hire car to returning the vehicle, you have any issues or queries, remember that Zest operate 24/7 emergency telephone support. We can be contacted at any time for issues as we appreciate that certain issues can be easier to resolve at the time rather than retrospectively. If you can’t locate the car rental desks at the airport, call us. If you’ve got lost on the way back, call us.

Get a quote for your car hire from Basel Airport or Mulhouse Airport now.

Written by Jessica Juby.

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