France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transportation for Dijon, France

 
   

 

Dijon has a long history as a way-station on the north-south route between Paris, 315 km (196 miles) northwest, and Marseille, 506 km (314 miles) to the south (map).

It is also a major transport nexus for other points of the compass, with direct fast-train routes to Mulhouse, Basel, Berne, Geneva, Zurich, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille, and beyond.

TGV Trains

TGV trains from Paris can get you to Dijon in just over 1-1/2 hours. TER regional trains may take as long as 3 hours.

Highways

Autoroutes connect Dijon with Paris, Besancon and Lyon.

DIVIA City Transport

The historic center of Dijon is eminently walkable (see below). You may find you can easily walk to what you want to see, but for exceptional trips, DIVIA operates tram, bus and shuttle lines (map). In the historic city center, the shuttles are free.

The pay lines operate on a ticket system: the first time you ride, you buy a plasticized mobigo paper ticket containing a tiny electronic chip. You add value for the rides you want, or for an hour, or a day, or several days. There are ticket machines at all tram stops. Best to have a good number of 1€ and 2€ coins to buy your ticket.

Walking

Somewhat surprisingly, there is no direct public transport (except taxi) between the Gare de Dijon SNCF and the city's central Place de la Libération with its unmissable Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne.

You can take the T-1 tram from the Gare two stops to the Darcy stop then walk through the Porte Guillaume monumental arch and along Rue de la Liberté , Dijon's main shopping street (pedestrians only), to the Palais, but the walk from the Gare to the Palais is only a 1200-meter (3/4-mile, 14-minute) walk in the first place, so the two-stop tram ride doesn't save you much time.

TRANSCO Regional Bus System

TRANSCO operates 27 bus routes throughout the Côte d'Or region (map).

Ligne 44 serves Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune. Stopping at numerous villages along that route, the bus takes much longer to make the trip (about 2-1/2 hours between Dijon and Beaune, compared to only 18 minutes by the fastest train). More...


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Gare de Dijon SNCF, Dijon, France

Above, Gare de Dijon SNCF.

Below, Porte Guillaume and Rue de la Liberté.

 

Porte Guillaume, Dijon, France

   
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