How to convert an integer to the shortest url-safe string in Python?

I want the shortest possible way of representing an integer in a URL. For example, 11234 can be shortened to ‘2be2’ using hexadecimal. Since base64 uses is a 64 character encoding, it should be possible to represent an integer in base64 using even less characters than hexadecimal. The problem is I can’t figure out the cleanest way to convert an integer to base64 (and back again) using Python.