There are 6 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.

Recommended option

Train, ferry  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Menaggio to Varenna Sr26 / ...

$88 - $154

Cheapest option

Bus, 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

4 alternative options

Train, ferry via Como San Giovanni Stazione FS  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Como S. Giovanni Ece
  2. Take the ferry from Tremezzo to Varenna Sr26 / ...

$88 - $154

Train  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 3 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Monza Ec
  3. Take the train from Monza to Varenna Esino

$79 - $135

Drive  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Varenna 222.9 miles

$50 - $80

Train, fly  •  6 h 17 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

$117 - $373

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Varenna is to bus and ferry which costs SFr 24 - SFr 40 and takes 7 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Varenna is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 80 and takes 4 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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It takes approximately 6 h 2 min to get from Basel to Varenna, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Varenna. However, there are services departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Varenna Esino via Zuerich Hb and Monza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 55 min.

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

You can take a train from Basel to Varenna via Zürich HB, Zuerich Hb, and Monza in around 6 h 55 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Como S. Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity
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 Zuerich Hb to Monza
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenord
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Monza to Varenna Esino
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $18
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 Milano Centrale to Varenna Esino
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $22
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
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 Tremezzo to Varenna
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
navlaghi.it
Ferry from Bellagio to Varenna
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
navlaghi.it

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