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 128 trams. 80 double trail vehicles and 99 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.

 Soon the BVB network will be complemented with two new tram lines, which will be crossing the border at Weil am Rhein (D) and Saint-Louis (F). By 2015 46 new articulated buses will be rolled out, and by 2017 61 new FLEXITY-trams will be delivered (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‘183 persons
Number of passengers (per year): 132 800 000
Capacity of transportation (in mio. persons-km/year): 289.90
Length of tram routes: 65.7 km, buses: 114.4 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: 128, tram-trailer vehicles: 80, Buses: 99

Vehicle power (km): 17 550 000


 Source: BVB business report 2013