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Efficient public transport is essential for a business and cultural city such as Basel. With its comprehensive route network and frequent services, BVB facilitates the mobility of people in the city and nearby areas and links Basel with neighbouring countries. It helps to reduce traffic, thus contributing to a higher quality of life and environmental protection.

Public transport is very popular in Basel. BVB transports nearly 128 million passengers annually. That is more than 350,000 people every day. 85 trams circulate along nine tramlines, and 88 buses operate on 14 bus routes. If one was to calculate the distance travelled by all BVB vehicles, this would be equivalent to travelling around the globe once every day.

Over 1,200 BVB employees ensure the smooth running of our services 365 days a year. BVB was first founded in 1895. Today, it operates nearly 182 kilometres of tram lines and bus routes in Basel-City and the surrounding area as the largest partner of the North-Western Switzerland Tariff Association (TNW). With the extension of tram line 8 to Weil am Rhein, trams have been running to Germany again since December 2014, and with the extension of tram line 3 to Saint-Louis, they have been running to France again since December 2017. This makes the BVB the only municipal transport company in the world to connect three countries via tram line.

BVB is modernising its fleet over the next few years: At the end of 2014, the first two of a total of 61 new Flexity trams were taken into service. With the delivery of the latest Flexity in the summer of 2018, the largest vehicle procurement in the history of BVB has been successfully completed. This means that 61 Flexity trams are now operating on the BVB network making BVB’s fleet one of the most modern in Europe.

BVB has been run since 2006 as a public sector body, 100 percent owned by the Basel-City canton.

Facts at a glance


Type of business entity  public sector Body

Catchment area Basel-City, Binningen, Bottmingen, Schönenbuch, Allschwil, Birsfelden, Muttenz, Pratteln, Riehen, Bettingen, Weil am Rhein (D), Haltingen (D) and Grenzach-Wyhlen (D), Saint-Louis (F)

Number of employees 1’243 persons

Number of passengers 127,74 million

Transport performance (in passenger kilometres/year)  292,55 million

Route length Tram: 72,8 km
Bus: 111,7 km

Number of vehicles Trams (excluding service vehicles): 115 engines, 25 passenger carriages, as well as 15 vintage engines and 10 vintage passenger carriages; Buses: 5 small buses, 14 standard buses and 94 articulated buses (total 113), as well as 1 vintage bus

Kilometres travelled (Trams and buses)  12,77 million

Edition: 08.01.2018

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