City tax & BaselCard

Why is the city tax so important?

Basel-Stadt charges its guests a city tax (visitors' tax). These revenues flow into the creation and mainte-nance of tourism infrastructure. With the BaselCard which is also funded by the city tax, guests have free access to public transport in Basel and the region and, since 2018, also discounted admission to attractive cultural and leisure activities as well as to the free visitor’s-WIFI.

City tax

The Canton of Basel-Stadt charges guests staying overnight a city tax of currently 4.00 francs per overnight stay. The revenues are invested in the creation and maintenance of tourism infrastructure as well as in providing services for guests. This also includes the BaselCard.


As of January 2018, all hotel guests in the Canton of Basel-Stadt receive the BaselCard when checking in to their hotel accommodation. It is valid for the duration of their stay as a ticket for the TNW zones 10, 11, 13 and 15, offers discounts for attractive cultural and leisure activities as well as access to the free visitor’s-WiFi at central places in the city of Basel. For transfers from the airport or the Basel railway stations to your accommodation, the reservation confirmation of your hotel accommodation is valid as a ticket. Children, who do not have to pay city tax up to the age of 12 years, receive the BaselCard for free.