|Transportation for Dijon, France
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 from Paris can get you to Dijon in just over 1-1/2 hours. TER regional trains may take as long as 3 hours.
Autoroutes connect Dijon with Paris, Besancon and Lyon.
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.
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.
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...