There are 7 ways to get from Basel to Varenna by train, ferry, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, ferry  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Menaggio to Varenna Sr 114 / ...

$88 - $155

Cheapest option

Bus Gruppo Di Maio, ferry  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Grandate - Stazione
  2. Take the ferry from Bellagio to Varenna Sr 114 / ...

$24 - $36

5 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Varenna Esino Re_8

$95 - $168

Bus Autolinee Ventre, ferry  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Chiasso
  2. Take the ferry from Como to Varenna 806 / ...

$42 - $54

Drive  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Varenna 222.9 miles

$50 - $80

Train, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  3. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Varenna Esino

$124 - $374

Train, fly to Lugano  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Monza
  4. Take the train from Monza to Varenna Esino

$143 - $364

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Basel to Varenna. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Varenna Esino via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 8 min.

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The distance between Basel and Varenna is 216 km. The road distance is 356.6 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Varenna without a car is to train and ferry which takes 5 h 59 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 59 min to get from Basel to Varenna, including transfers.

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Basel to Varenna train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Basel SBB station.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Basel to Varenna train services, operated by Trenord, arrive at Varenna Esino station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Varenna is 357 km. It takes approximately 4 h 8 min to drive from Basel to Varenna.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 2949+ hotels available in Varenna. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Varenna.
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  • Distance: 134.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 59 min

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Varenna, Italy?

You can take a train from Basel to Varenna via Milano Centrale in around 6 h 8 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Monza
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Monza
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenord
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Milano Centrale to Varenna Esino
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $21
Schedules at
trenord.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $15
Schedules at
trenord.it
Train from Monza to Varenna Esino
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $18
Schedules at
trenord.it
Bus operators
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Basel to Grandate - Stazione
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Basel to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Ferry operators
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Phone
800 551801
Email
navicomo@navigazionelaghi.it
Website
navlaghi.it
Ferry from Menaggio to Varenna
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
navlaghi.it
Ferry from Bellagio to Varenna
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
navlaghi.it
Ferry from Como to Varenna
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
navlaghi.it

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