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There are 7 ways to get from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 36m

  1. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Dijon Ville Tgv
  2. Take the train from Dijon to Varennes-sur-Allier Cfcldj / ...

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Bus  •  12h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Basel Meret-Oppenheim-Strasse to Clermont Ferrand Sofia Central Bus Station - Rennes Place de la Gare
  2. Take the bus from Clermont-Ferrand to Varennes-sur-Allier B

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Train via Nevers  •  5h 49m

  1. Take the train from Mulhouse to Dijon 611 / ...
  2. Take the train from Dijon to Nevers Ter
  3. Take the train from Nevers to Moulins sur Allier 722 / ...

Train via Mulhouse  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the train from Mulhouse to Dijon 611 / ...
  2. Take the train from Dijon to Varennes-sur-Allier Cfcldj / ...

Drive  •  4h 30m

  1. Drive from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier 433.5 km

Fly from Basel, train  •  7h 9m

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Clermont-Ferrand (CFE) BSL - CFE
  2. Take the train from Clermont Ferrand to Varennes Sur Allier

Train to Zurich, fly, train  •  8h 25m

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Clermont-Ferrand (CFE) ZRH - CFE
  3. Take the train from Clermont Ferrand to Varennes Sur Allier
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Varennes-sur-Allier is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Varennes-sur-Allier is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Varennes-sur-Allier is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from France.

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The cheapest way to get from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier is to bus which costs SFr 29 - SFr 45 and takes 12h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 80 and takes 4h 30m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier. However, there are services departing from Basel Meret-Oppenheim-Strasse and arriving at Varennes-sur-Allier via Clermont-Ferrand. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 41m.

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No, there is no direct train from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier. However, there are services departing from Basel Sbb and arriving at Varennes-sur-Allier via Dijon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 36m.

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The distance between Basel and Varennes-sur-Allier is 346 km. The road distance is 433.5 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier without a car is to train which takes 5h 36m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 200.

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It takes approximately 5h 36m to get from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier, including transfers.

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Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Basel Meret-Oppenheim-Strasse station.

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Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Basel Sbb station.

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The best way to get from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier is to train which takes 5h 36m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 29 - SFr 45 and takes 12h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier.
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  • Distance: 345.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 36m

What companies run services between Basel, Switzerland and Varennes-sur-Allier, France?

You can take a train from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier via Dijon Ville and Dijon in around 5h 36m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier via Clermont Ferrand and Clermont-Ferrand in around 12h 41m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Clermont-Ferrand via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €340
Flights from Basel to Clermont-Ferrand via Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €430
Flights from Zurich to Clermont-Ferrand via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €370
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Clermont-Ferrand via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €340
Flights from Basel to Clermont-Ferrand via Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €430
Flights from Zurich to Clermont-Ferrand via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €440
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Zurich to Clermont-Ferrand via Porto
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€170 - €550
Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Basel Sbb to Dijon Ville
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€45 - €60
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €60
1st Class
€45 - €60
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€25 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€30 - €35
1st Class
€25 - €30
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Dijon to Varennes-sur-Allier
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€27 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€27 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
Train from Mulhouse to Dijon
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€25 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€25 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
Train from Dijon to Nevers
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€26 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€26 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
Train from Nevers to Moulins sur Allier
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€9 - €23
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€9 - €13
Rail 1st Class
€16 - €23
Train from Clermont Ferrand to Varennes Sur Allier
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €27
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€11 - €16
Rail 1st Class
€18 - €27
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Dijon to Varennes-sur-Allier
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€65 - €130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Dijon to Nevers
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€65 - €120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Nevers to Moulins sur Allier
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Clermont-Ferrand to Varennes-sur-Allier
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€28 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Rémi
Phone
+33 2 38 70 30 30
Website
remi-centrevaldeloire.fr
Train from Nevers to Moulins sur Allier
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Rémi
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€14 - €21
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Basel Meret-Oppenheim-Strasse to Clermont Ferrand
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€20 - €28
Website
Union Ivkoni
Swiss PostAuto

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There is no direct flight from Basel Airport to Clermont-Ferrand Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 30m and has one stopover.

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Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, arrive at Varennes-sur-Allier station.

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Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Varennes-sur-Allier station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier is 434 km. It takes approximately 4h 30m to drive from Basel to Varennes-sur-Allier.

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KLM and Air France offer flights from Basel Airport to Clermont-Ferrand Airport.

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There are 35+ hotels available in Varennes-sur-Allier. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Basel to Basel Airport is to line 50 bus which takes 9 min and costs SFr 2 - SFr 4.

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