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FC Basel v Liverpool Travel Advice

Travel advice for fans travelling to Basel, Switzerland for the FC BASEL v LIVERPOOL match on 1 October 2014

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Date: 1 October 2014

Venue: St Jakob Park Stadium, Basel

Kick off time: 20.45pm (local time)

As well as this advice, please see our general travel advice for Switzerland

Passports and visas

  • If you are a British Citizen or British Subject with Right of Abode in the United Kingdom, you will not need a visa to enter Switzerland. Other British passport holders should check entry requirements with the nearest Swiss Diplomatic mission.

  • Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. The Swiss authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.

  • Please ensure your passport is kept safe. In case of lost or stolen passports, please contact the British Embassy in Berne.

  • Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.

Getting to the stadium

  • The stadium, St Jakob Park, which has a capacity of 36,000, opened in 2001 and is a modern venue located in the south eastern district on the outskirts of Basel adjacent to the A 2 motorway. The stadium building includes a shopping centre and restaurants.

  • Airport: Basel Airport is approx. 15 minutes from the city centre with tram number 50 connecting to the city. Zurich is about 1 hr 15 mins by train.

  • The stadium is approximately 20 – 30 minutes walk from the city centre or the tram number 14 can be used from Aeschplatz to St Jakob, which is the closest tram stop to the stadium. This journey takes about 10 minutes. NOTE: Match day tickets entitle supporters to travel free on match day from approximately 4.45pm. Public transport stops at 1am.

  • You can walk to the Stadium from this location, but it will take approx. 45 minutes.

  • A taxi from Basel city centre to the stadium should cost approximately CHF 25. Note: Swiss currency is the Swiss Franc.

  • Basel Public transport map

At the match

  • Liverpool supporters will be located in Stand B which is on the western side of the ground in Sectors B 1 and B 2.

  • Entry will be by electronic scanning of the ticket and then body search by stewards. Turnstiles open at 18.45pm and supporters are advised to arrive in good time.

  • Prohibited items are similar to this in the UK. In particular no bottles will be permitted or excessively large banners or flag poles. Whilst there are luggage deposit facilities, it is not recommended you bring large items to the ground.

  • Persons who are drunk or behaving in an inappropriate manner will not be permitted entry and could face arrest. Alcohol will not be available within the Stadium and there are no local bars in the vicinity for visiting fans.

  • Catering facilities are available in the visitors section throughout the match where payments can be made using local currency..


  • Switzerland is generally a safe country but common sense precautions should be taken when in crowded city areas and on local transport as pick pockets do operate. This includes keeping valuables safe and bags secure and preferably leaving all valuables in your Hotel Safety Deposit Box.

  • Adequate travel insurance should be obtained and passports must be valid for the period of the stay.

  • Please ensure your passport is kept safe. In case of lost or stolen passports, please contact the British Embassy in Berne.

Relevant British Embassy address and telephone numbers

British Embassy Berne
Thunstrasse 50
3005 Berne

Telephone +41 (0)31 359 7700 (also for out of hours emergencies)

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm

Emergency services numbers

  • Public Emergency Line: 112

Further information

FCO Travel Facebook


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Published 19 August 2014