Besançon Viotte Train Station

Besançon Franche-Comté TGV train station

Each participant will receive one free bus pass (2 travels) for the tram and bus lines of the city of Besançon. Besançon is located 400 km East of Paris, France, close to the Swiss border. The closest international airports are : Lyon, Paris, Basel, and Geneva. Frankfurt am Main (Germany) is also connected to Besançon by highspeed trains (TGV).
Highways and trains link Besançon to Paris and major cities around.

By air :

Paris airport : Paris Charles de Gaulle
Basel airport : EuroAirport Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg
Geneva airport : Geneve Aeroport
Lyon airport : Lyon Saint-Exupery

By road :

From Paris : 4h30
From Lyon : 2h30
From Basel : 1h45
From Geneva : 2h
From Frankfurt : 4h15

By train :

From Paris : 450 km and 2h30 by high-speed train (TGV)
From Lyon : 250 km and 2h30
From Basel : 170 km and 3h00
From Geneva : 180 km and 4h00

Bus lines :

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Once you have reached Besançon Viotte train station, you should take the Ginko tram number 2 headed for « HAUTS DU CHAZAL » directly outside the station and stop at « Micropolis ». Be sure to buy your ticket before taking the tram.
When in the town center of Besançon, you should take the Ginko tram number 2 or 1 headed for « HAUTS DU CHAZAL » anywhere in the town center and stop at « Micropolis ». Be sure to buy your ticket before taking the tram.

Information online :

There is one direct TGV train from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV train station, which is then connected to the Besançon Viotte station (town center) with local trains.
If you do not have the possibility to get this direct TGV, there are several ways to go from Aéroport Roissy Charles de Gaulle to Paris Gare de Lyon station (many connections with Besançon’s 2 stations).
The bus line « RoissyBus » will take you from the airport to the center of Paris, at Opera station. From there, you can get RER line A (to Marne la Vallée or Boissy Saint-Léger). Gare de Lyon is the second stop from there.

You may prefer to take RER line B at the airport (to Robinson or Saint-Rémy les Chevreuses), then get off at Châtelet-les-Halles (Paris’ biggest metro/bus/RER station), and from there get the RER line A (to Marne la Vallée or Boissy Saint-Léger). Gare de Lyon is the next stop (you can also get on metro line 14 to « Bibliothèque F. Mitterand » instead of RER A, it is a quite fast automated metro line, and Gare de Lyon is also the next stop).
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You will find lots of Taxis at Aéroport Roissy Charles de Gaulle. Price will depend on traffic, but it usually goes around 50 euros.

It will take you 30 mn (RER/Metro) to 1h15 (Bus/taxi) to go from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare de Lyon station.

Besançon train stations are « Besançon Viotte » (town center) and Besançon Franche-Comté TGV (outside city).

More information :

By Road : Mappy
By Train : Sncf, Die Bahn (international)
By Plane : Airfrance
Besançon City Bus « Ginko » Informations & Time table : Ginko bus

Please note : RER tickets have to be bought depending on destination. Metro tickets are same price for any destination. Besançon tram tickets have to be bought before getting in the tram.