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There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Besançon by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Strasbourg  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Strasbourg Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Besançon-Viotte Tgv

$133 - $184

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Bus FlixBus  •  11 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Strasbourg N11
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Besançon 720 / ...

$36 - $59

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Train  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV Tgv

$135 - $174

Bus Eurolines FR  •  13 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Besançon

$81 - $111

Drive  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Besançon 382.3 miles

$80 - $120

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, train  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  3. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon-Viotte

$154 - $382

Fly Dusseldorf to Basel, train  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Basel (BSL) DUS - BSL
  2. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon-Viotte

$112 - $297

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich, train  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
  3. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon-Viotte

$125 - $278

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich, train  •  8 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Zurich (ZRH) DUS - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
  3. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon-Viotte

$126 - $260

Fly Dusseldorf to Geneva, train  •  9 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Geneva (GVA) DUS - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
  3. Take the train from Lausanne to Mouchard
  4. Take the train from Mouchard to Besançon-Viotte

$118 - $271

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Besançon is to bus which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 11 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Besançon is to drive which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 5 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Köln, Heumarkt and arriving at Besançon via Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen and Strasbourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 58 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Besançon-Viotte via Karlsruhe Hbf and Strasbourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Besançon is 415 km. The road distance is 611.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Besançon without a car is to train which takes 6 h 30 min and costs 110€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from Cologne to Besançon, including transfers.

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Cologne to Besançon bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen station.

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Cologne to Besançon train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Besançon is to train which takes 6 h 30 min and costs 110€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 11 h 58 min.

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  • Distance: 259.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Besançon, France?

You can take a train from Cologne to Besançon via Karlsruhe Hbf and Strasbourg in around 6 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Besançon via Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie, Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen, and Strasbourg in around 11 h 58 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $26
1st Class
$37 - $39
Train from Strasbourg to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$75 - $95
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $85
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$75 - $85
1st Class
$100 - $150
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$31 - $37
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$31 - $37
1st Class
$50 - $60
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $34
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $34
1st Class
$48 - $53
Train from Lausanne to Mouchard
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $32
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$27 - $32
1st Class
$46 - $50
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 Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. 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 Mouchard to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$13 - $19
1st Class
$16 - $25
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Strasbourg to Besançon
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Strasbourg to Besançon
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Schedules at
isilines.com

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Cologne to Besançon bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Besançon station.

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Cologne to Besançon train services, operated by inOui TGV, arrive at Besançon-Viotte station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Besançon is 612 km. It takes approximately 5 h 25 min to drive from Cologne to Besançon.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 102+ hotels available in Besançon. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 13€ - 16€.

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