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There are 7 ways to get from Varenna to Basel 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.

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Train  •  6h 9m

  1. Take the train from Varenna Esino to Milano Centrale Re_8
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB Eurocity / ...

$92 - $171

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Ferry, bus Gruppo Di Maio  •  8h 11m

  1. Take the ferry from Varenna to Menaggio 806 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Grandate - Stazione to Basel

$24 - $35

5 alternative options

Ferry, train  •  6h 39m

  1. Take the ferry from Varenna to Menaggio 806 / ...
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Basel SBB 21 / ...

$87 - $160

Ferry, bus FlixBus  •  8h 21m

  1. Take the ferry from Varenna to Tremezzo 809 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Como to Basel, Basel central station 207

$26 - $41

Drive  •  4h 5m

  1. Drive from Varenna to Basel 221.1 miles

$50 - $80

Train, train to Milan Malpensa, fly  •  5h 37m

  1. Take the train from Varenna Esino to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
  3. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB

$122 - $375

Ferry, bus to Lugano, fly, train  •  6h 22m

  1. Take the ferry from Varenna to Menaggio
  2. Take the bus from Croce Piazza Chiesa to Lugano, Stazione Nord
  3. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH
  4. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB

$121 - $316

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The cheapest way to get from Varenna to Basel is to ferry and bus which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 8h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Varenna to Basel is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 4h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Varenna to Basel. However, there are services departing from Varenna Esino and arriving at Basel SBB via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 9m.

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The distance between Varenna and Basel is 216 km. The road distance is 353.7 km.

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The best way to get from Varenna to Basel without a car is to train which takes 6h 9m and costs 80€ - 150€.

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It takes approximately 6h 9m to get from Varenna to Basel, including transfers.

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Varenna to Basel train services, operated by Trenord, depart from Varenna Esino station.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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Varenna to Basel train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Basel SBB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Varenna to Basel is 354 km. It takes approximately 4h 5m to drive from Varenna to Basel.

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  • Distance: 134.9 miles
  • Duration: 6h 9m

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

You can take a train from Varenna to Basel via Milano Centrale in around 6h 9m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
Trenord
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Varenna Esino to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $21
Website
Trenord
Train from Milano Centrale to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
Ave. Duration
51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $15
Website
Trenord
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Lugano to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Bus operators
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Grandate - Stazione to Basel
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Como to Basel, Basel central station
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
ASF Autolinee srl
Phone
031 247 249
Website
asfautolinee.it
Bus from Croce Piazza Chiesa to Lugano, Stazione Nord
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
asfautolinee.it
Ferry operators

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Swiss offers flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zurich Airport.

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