Hotels in Basel for the Europa League final 2016

May 6, 2016

Football fans planning to travel to Basel for the Europe League final later this month could be in for a shock when looking for accommodation options. A survey by indicates that hotel rooms in the Swiss city are virtually sold out, just hours after the line-up for the final was confirmed.

English club Liverpool and Spanish side Sevilla will compete for the prestigious trophy on May 18 after winning their respective semi-finals yesterday evening. But supporters of both teams looking into hotel availability today are likely to find their options extremely limited – with the small number of rooms still available coming with a sizeable premium.

According to the survey, for the cheapest available room, you will currently have to spend more than £500. While prices in Switzerland are notoriously high for most products and services, this is still a significant hike on average hotel rates.

According to a Basel Tourism spokesperson, a small number of rooms may become available over the coming days, as supporters of the losing semi-finalists (Villareal and Shaktar Donetsk) cancel their reservations. Nevertheless, these rooms are also likely to come at a hair-raising price.

Another option is to capitalise on Basel’s proximity to the German border. The city of Freiburg in Germany is just 30 minutes by train from Basel and still has plenty of hotel availability for the night of May 18. Currently, prices for a three-star hotel close to the train station start at £75, while a return train ticket will cost about £50.

If that sounds too good to be true – well, there is a big downside. By the time the game finishes, there will be no more trains running from Basel to Freiburg that night. Anyone staying in Freiburg will have to hunker down at the train station - or perhaps a late night bar - until 5 o’clock in the morning on May 19, when trains start running again at 30 minute intervals.

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