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There are 5 ways to get from Milan to Besançon by train, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 53m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lausanne Ec
  2. Take the train from Lausanne to Mouchard Tgv
  3. Take the train from Mouchard to Besancon Viotte Ter

€132 - €226

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Train via Bern  •  9h 16m

  1. Take the train from Rho-Fiera Milano to Bern Ec
  2. Take the train from Bern to La Chaux-de-Fonds
  3. Take the train from La Chaux-De-Fonds to Besancon Viotte Ter

€97 - €214

3 alternative options

Drive  •  5h 12m

  1. Drive from Milan to Besançon 506.6 km

€60 - €95

Fly Milan Linate to Geneva, train  •  6h 46m

  1. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Geneva (GVA) LIN - 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 Besancon Viotte

€141 - €312

Fly Milan Malpensa to Lyon, train  •  7h 28m

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Lyon (LYS) MXP - LYS
  2. Take the train from Lyon-Saint Exupery Tgv to Besancon-Franche Comte Tgv

€149 - €299

Milan to Besançon by train

The train journey time between Milan and Besançon is around 14h 49m and covers a distance of around 462 km. The fastest train normally takes 14h 49m. Operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), TGV inOui and others, the Milan to Besançon train service departs from Milano Centrale and arrives in Besancon Viotte. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
14h 49m
Fastest train time:
14h 49m
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€103
Carbon emissions:
24 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
19:20
Last train departs at:
19:20

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Milan to Besançon train schedules

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Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Besançon is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Besançon is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Besançon 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 Italy from France.

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Besançon is to drive which costs €60 - €95 and takes 5h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Besançon is to drive which costs €60 - €95 and takes 5h 12m.

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No, there is no direct train from Milan to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Besancon Viotte via Lausanne and Mouchard. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 53m.

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The distance between Milan and Besançon is 314 km. The road distance is 506.6 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Besançon without a car is to train which takes 6h 53m and costs €130 - €230.

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It takes approximately 6h 53m to get from Milan to Besançon, including transfers.

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Milan to Besançon train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The quickest flight from Milan Linate Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Milan to Besançon train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Besancon Viotte station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Besançon is 507 km. It takes approximately 5h 12m to drive from Milan to Besançon.

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  • Distance: 314 km
  • Duration: 6h 53m

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Besançon, France?

You can take a train from Milan to Besançon via Lausanne and Mouchard in around 6h 53m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €270
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€85 - €190
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€85 - €190
Train operators
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 Milano Centrale to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€65 - €160
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€65 - €90
1st Class
€110 - €160
Train from Rho-Fiera Milano to Bern
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€55 - €140
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€55 - €80
1st Class
€100 - €140
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 Milano Centrale to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€85 - €160
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mouchard to Besançon Viotte
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €35
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from La Chaux-De-Fonds to Besancon Viotte
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€29 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€23 - €45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€75 - €140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Lausanne to Mouchard
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€33 - €39
1st Class
€29 - €34
Train from Lyon-Saint Exupery Tgv to Besancon-Franche Comte Tgv
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€50 - €65
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€50 - €65
1st Class
€55 - €65
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 Mouchard to Besancon Viotte
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €19
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€6 - €10
Rail 1st Class
€13 - €19
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Bern to La Chaux-de-Fonds
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
BLS AG
Schedules at
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Alitalia offers flights from Milan Linate Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 50+ hotels available in Besançon. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Milan to Milan Linate Airport is to line 73 bus which takes 20 min and costs €1 - €3.

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