How to get there

Tram and Bus Lines

From the Basel SBB (Swiss) or Basel SNCF (French) railway station, take bus no. 30 in direction "Badischer Bahnhof". From the Basel Bad (German) railway station, take bus no. 30 in direction "Bahnhof SBB". Get off at the stop "Spalentor". You can see the entrance to the garden across the street looking in the direction of the bus line.


From Switzerland: Take highway A2 to Basel. After «Schweizerhalle», take the left lane and the «Basel West» exit. After exiting, follow the signs for «Universitätsspital» (University hospital). These signs lead you directly to the Spalentor from where you can see the garden. From Germany: highway exit N2/3 «Badischer Bahnhof». Follow the signs for «Universitätsspital».


Since the botanical garden is located on the fringe of the old town, there is almost no parking space on the streets. The hospital parking lot Parkhaus City is 5 minutes walking distance away, but is rather expensive. We recommend that you park your car on the periphery of the city and use public transport.

Food & Information

On Sundays from 11-17 h the Association Verein Botanscher Garten beim Spalentor offers healthy snacks, drinks and icecream as well as a lot of information about the botanical garden, plants and events in the "Gartestübli" located under the white tents next to the pond.

Garden Rules

The Botanical Garden is a place for teaching, research and plant species conservation. It is also a place of rest and recreation. To keep it this way, we kindly ask you to observe our Garden Rules.


Botanical Garden
Spalengraben 8
4051 Basel - Switzerland
+41 (61) 207 35 19

Verein Botanischer Garten beim Spalentor



Can I bring my dog to the Botanical Garden?

Dogs are not allowed in the Botanical Garden. An exception are of course assistance and companion dogs.

Do you offer guided tours? Where can I register?

There are frequent guided tours organized by the "Verein Botanischer Garten" in German, see the program on the website Tours
Registration is not necessary, the tours are free of charge.

If you would like to book a private guided tour in English please contact

Is the garden accessible with a wheelchair?

Wheelchair-accessible entrances are located next to the Institute building at Schönbeinstrasse 6 (use the door opener) and opposite the Spalentor tram stop of tram 3. Due to the partly historical buildings, not all greenhouses are wheelchair-accessible. Please also note that some of the garden's paths are uneven and narrow in places. We are striving to expand the garden's wheelchair accessibility and to make as many parts of the garden as possible accessible to all.

Is the garden open on public holidays?

Yes, the garden is open every day of the year!

See our opening hours

Is there a café or restaurant in the Botanical Garden or can we have a pick-nick?

Every Sunday there is a little info stall organized by the "Verein Botanischer Garten" which offers beverages and ice cream. There are several cafés and restaurants nearby in the area around Spalentor and also in the Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel.

You may bring your own food and have a pick-nick in the garden. Please be mindful of other visitors and recycle your waste.

Where are the restrooms?

Toilets are located near the tropical greenhouse. A few metres past the entrance on the right.