Getting Around Dijon

Most travellers coming from Paris arrive by the high-speed train TGV train, however there are many daily flights arriving from all over France and other European cities. From Dijon airport there are regular bus shuttles to and from the city.

Whether you arrive by road or rail from either Paris and the north, or Lyon and the south, you find yourself almost inevitably at the Dijon Ville train station. Dijon is on the high-speed TGV rail network and the journey to Paris is approximately one hour and 40 minutes. The station is a 5-minute walk from the downtown tourist office on place Darcy.

Midway between Lyon and Paris, Dijon is at the heart of the region's motorway network. It is connected to Paris by the A38, to Lyon by the A31 and to Mulhouse in Alsace and Besancon in Franche-Comte on the A39. Driving into Dijon is not too complicated, however on street parking around the Old Town is difficult to find. Best to choose a hotel that has it's own car park.

Getting around Dijon by foot is easy, as the compact city is huddled around the main thoroughfare, rue de la Liberté, which extends from Place Darcy to the Dukes' Palace at Place de la Libération. Much of the Old Town is pedestrianised.

There is a free English brochure outlining a self-guided tour called "Le Parcours de la Chouette" (The Owl Trail). Follow the Owl Trail, or simply wander where the fancy takes you through pedestrianised, medieval streets. The tourist office sells the "Dijon card", which allows access to public transport, museums and free guided tours. You can buy it in 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour versions.