Exploring Basel

For an economic and cultural hotspot such as Basel, an efficient public transport system is an indispensable component. The Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) endeavours to offer a frequent and reliable traffic network in order to optimise mobility within the city limits, surrounding regions, as well as linking Basel to its neighbouring countries.The BVB helps in relieving the city from vehicular traffic, increasing the city's liveability, while reducing environmental impact.

The public transport network is very popular in Basel. Each year the BVB carries around 132 million passengers (roughly 360'000 persons per day). 9 different tram lines operate 82 Trams - every day. 83 buses operate on 13 different lines, with the daily combined mileage of the BVB networks equating to the circumnavigation of the globe. 365 days a year 1'200 BVB employees make sure the public transport service stays efficient and reliable.

The BVB, which was founded in 1895, is now the largest partner in the "Tariff Association Northwest-Switzerland" (“Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz”, or TNW for short), operating on more than 180km of tram and bus routes.

The BVB network has two new tram lines, which cross the border at Weil am Rhein (D, since 2014) and Saint-Louis (F, opening in december 2017). By 2015 55 new articulated buses rolled out, and by spring 2018 the 61 new FLEXITY-trams will be delivered (the first two of these were put into service in early 2014).

Since 2006 the BVB is part of the public law service, which entirely belongs to the city of Basel.


The overview of the facts:
Form of organisation: public law service
Employees: 1‘241 persons
Number of passengers (per year): 132,01 mio.
Capacity of transportation (in mio. persons-km/year): 298,69
Length of routes: tram: 68,3 km, buses: 112,7 km
Urbanization zone:

Basel city, Binningen, Bottmingen, Schönenbuch, Allschwil, Birsfelden, Muttenz, Pratteln, Riehen, Bettingen, Weil am Rhein (D), Haltingen (D) and Grenzach-Wyhlen (D)

Number of vehicles:

tram-engine vehicles: 117, tram-trailer vehicles: 39; tram-engine vehicles oldtimer: 14, tram-trailer vehicles oldtimer: 10; Buses: 115  

Vehicle power (km): 12,667 mio.

 Source: BVB business report 2016