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Coming to Besançon



You can take a bus shuttle from the airport which will take you to St Louis station. There are trains to Mulhouse from St Louis and trains to Besançon from Mulhouse (either Franche-Comté or Viotte)


The nearest airport you can fly to! (roughly 30mn from Besançon by train) However, I could not manage to find shuttles between the airport and the Dôle SNCF station… you'll probably have to take a taxi to the Dôle SNCF station.

NB) Flights from/to London Stansted and Porto (Ryanair)


Lyon Satolas

A tram will take you to the Lyon Part Dieu station (you can buy the tram tickets online : from where you can take trains to Besançon.


There is one TGV a day which runs directly from Aéroport Charles de Gaulle to Besançon Viotte (in the evening, normally at 19.45). Otherwise you'll have to take the RER B to Chatelet-les-Halles and then RER A (usually on the same platform, opposite) or Métro 14 to Gare de Lyon in order to take a train to Besançon. There is also an Air France bus connection between the airport and Gare de Lyon.

Trains & stations

Be careful when buying your train ticket: there are 2 stations called 'Besançon':

- Besançon Franche-Comté TGV (roughly 15 kms from the city-centre. There are regular free train shuttles to Besançon-Viotte)

- Besançon-Viotte, close to the city centre.

Taxis & bus from the station Besançon Viotte

Because of heavy roadworks in Besançon (construction of 2 tram lines…), traffic may be slow and it may be difficult to drive to the city centre.

- A taxi rank is just outside the station 'gare Viotte'.

- Buses to the town centre are outside the station 'gare Viotte': because of heavy roadwork around the station, you need to walk for about 100 metres down the avenue in front of you (avenue Foch) until you reach a roundabout. There you'll find bus n° 10 which will take you to the town centre. Atter 20.30, it will be bus A (direction Planoise). Bus tickets can be bought inside the bus (1€30) and need to be stamped. They can then be used for 1 hour.

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Walking or cycling

- Walking distance to the the city centre from 'Gare Viotte': 15-20 mn

- It is possible to rent bicycles from the Viotte station o in the city centre:

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