Jan 14, 2020 - 6:08 AM
in reply to Ashleakir
Baselworld runs from Thursday, April 30 to Tuesday, May 5 this year, a total of six days. Am I reading that this is your sole reason for coming to this part of Europe ? I hope I am not being too forward, but I am also hoping this is not the case. And therefore I am wondering what else is in your thoughts and plans for your visit ?
Getting from Zurich to Basel or some close-by place across the border from Switzerland by car is very simple. If you plan to rent you will have to ascertain if there are any restrictions or requirements because of what country you are from. This you should do with the rental agency. I would start my search with AutoEurope. It's also very easy to get to Basel by train, but this takes me back to my question about what else you plan to do other than attend Baselworld.
It is very true that accommodations are much more expensive in Switzerland than over the border in nearby France, perhaps more so than Germany. Since Baselworld takes place on the right bank of the Rhein this would also make Germany a more practical place to look. You can look at Weil am Rhein, Lörrach, or even Rheinfelden, a bit further away.
As 1960man has noted, border controls are very open, even between EU countries and Switzerland. Between France and Germany, they just don't exist, at least not in my experience. Nothing like the US customs between the USA and Mexico and even Canada, or the Wagah border between the two Punjabs !
As for parking (if you do choose to rent a car) I understand there is plenty in Riehen, which is also in that same part of Switzerland (on the right bank of Rhein) as is Baselworld (Messeplatz). In Riehen you can buy a one day visitor parking card for CHF 10. Check out this site: www.riehen.ch/leben-und-wohnen/verkehr/parkieren-riehen/parkplaetze-riehen. This is in German, so right click on "translate to English".
But I return to my first question, what else are you planning to do and see ? This would help to determine if renting a car might be more advantageous than just relying on public transport.