There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Besançon by train, 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  •  6 h 28 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

$136 - $171

Cheapest option

Bus via Frankfurt  •  9 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe
  3. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Besançon

$28 - $46

8 alternative options

Train via Luxembourg  •  9 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Süd to Trier Hbf Re
  2. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg Re / ...
  3. Take the train from Luxembourg to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV Tgv

$132 - $176

Bus Eurolines FR  •  13 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Besançon 720 / ...

$80 - $117

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 48 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 Franche-Comté TGV

$144 - $375

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Basel, train  •  7 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Basel (BSL) DUS - BSL
  3. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV
  4. Take the train from Besançon Franche-Comté TGV to Besançon-Viotte

$114 - $307

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich, train  •  7 h 59 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 Franche-Comté TGV

$135 - $314

Fly Dusseldorf to Geneva, train  •  9 h 20 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

$127 - $283

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich, train  •  8 h 40 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 Franche-Comté TGV

$155 - $316

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Besançon via Mannheim Hbf and Besançon Franche-Comté TGV in around 6 h 28 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Besançon via Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, and Karlsruhe in around 9 h 44 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Süd to Trier Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
bahn.de
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $90
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$80 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $160
Train from Luxembourg to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $105
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$90 - $105
1st Class
$120 - $180
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $40
1st Class
$50 - $60
Train from Besançon Franche-Comté TGV to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$2 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
Standard
$55 - $75
First
$95 - $120
Train from Lausanne to Mouchard
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $34
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$29 - $34
1st Class
$49 - $53
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd to Trier Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Schedules at
bahn.de
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$17 - $35
1st Class
$35 - $45
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
SNCF
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Besançon Franche-Comté TGV to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$2 - $4
Train from Mouchard to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$7 - $12
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Standard
$55 - $75
First
$95 - $120
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Deinbus
Phone
+49 069/17 53 73 200
Email
info@deinbus.de
Website
deinbus.de
Bus from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$9 - $20
Schedules at
deinbus.de
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Karlsruhe to Besançon
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
Ouibus
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
$65 - $95
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Strasbourg to Besançon
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Cologne to Besançon?

The distance between Cologne and Besançon is 415 km. The road distance is 612 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cologne to Besançon?

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Besançon is to bus which costs 22€ - 40€ and takes 9 h 44 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Cologne to Besançon?

The quickest way to get from Cologne to Besançon is to drive which takes 5 h 25 min and costs 65€ - 100€.

Is there a direct train between Cologne and Besançon?

No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Besançon-Viotte via Mannheim Hbf and Besançon Franche-Comté TGV. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 28 min.

Is there a direct bus between Cologne and Besançon?

No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Besançon via Frankfurt and Karlsruhe. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 44 min.

How long does it take to get from Cologne to Besançon?

It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from Cologne to Besançon, including transfers.